Kensal Rise

A pleasant neighbourhood situated in West London, Kensal Rise is best known for its independent boutiques, as well as its abundance of cafés and bars. The area is served by an Overground station of the same name, providing good connections to Central and Greater London. Kensal Rise has a reputation for being a young, hip area, and as such is popular with young professionals, and is also very well suited to young families. From Kensal Rise, you can walk or cycle along the canal to Paddington, which makes for a fantastic relaxing weekend activity, as well as a very pleasant commute!

 

The area has also become increasingly popular amongst professionals over the past decade: since the opening of the London Overground at Kensal Rise station, commuting to key stations such as Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf has become relatively straight forward. Nearby, Kensal Green station is on the Bakerloo line as well as the London Overground, offering easy access into central London and the large National Rail station at Euston. Both Kensal Rise and Kensal Green stations are located in TfL travelcard zone 2.

 

Residents have a selection of state as well as private schools in London to choose from, meaning that young people growing up in the area often have access to education of the highest quality, and making the neighbourhood a good choice for families.

 

Although more of a residential zone than a tourist hotspot, Kensal Rise does have some landmarks worth visiting. The most popular of these is Kensal Green Cemetery. Built in the 19th century, the cemetery is modelled on the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Kensal Green cemetery opened in 1833 and is the resting place of many celebrated names. It is still used as a working burial ground, with three listed chapels and 130 listed tombs, but has also become a haven for local wildlife.