Harlesden is an area in the London Borough of Brent, North West London. Its main focal point is the Jubilee clock which commemorates Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Harlesden is now a popular location for those looking to own property in North-West London due to its up-and-coming reputation, and our estate agents covering Harlesden have a ready pool of buyers looking for properties here.
The image of Harlesden today began to take shape in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and the area is now one of London’s most multi-cultural residential areas. Continued immigration from Ireland and new immigration from the Caribbean, the Indian sub-continent and Africa changed the racial and cultural make-up of the area.
More recently the area has now become home to Brazilian and Portuguese communities. Much of the housing is made up of period properties like Victorian and Edwardian terraces. This area is proving a popular alternative for young professionals who are unable to afford similar properties in nearby Kensal Green and Queen's Park, as our letting agents in the Harlesden area report. Another draw for young professionals is the area’s transport links, with convenient links to Central London and the Overground. Harlesden is also close to the North Circular and A40, meaning that the countryside is under an hour away.
Harlesden has been praised for its vibrant Caribbean culture and unofficially named London's Reggae capital. The population includes people of Afro-Caribbean heritage, as well as Irish Catholic, Brazilian and smaller Portuguese and Colombian communities.
Harlesden has a rich culture of boxing, with two Olympic Gold medallists hailing from Harlesden: Audley Harrison who won gold in the Super-Heavyweight division at Sydney in 2000, and James Degale who won gold in the Middleweight division at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
In the 19th century, Harlesden, then a rural village, began to develop some of its urban appearance with the arrival of the railways. Willesden Junction, Kensal Green and Harlesden station all had an effect on the developing village. Cottages for railway and industrial workers were built, as was grander housing for the local middle class.
Harlesden increasingly lost its rural nature, with factories replacing farms and woodland. From late Victorian times until the 1930s, housing completed its spread across the area, and Harlesden became part of the London conurbation.
If you are interested in relocating, our Harlesden estate agents can provide a wealth of information on the local area.
- Harlesden Primary School
- Convent of Jesus and Mary Language School
- Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School
- Leopold Primary School
- Furness Road Primary School
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
LEISURE AND PLACES OF INTEREST
Harlesden Station (Bakerloo Line /BR )
Willesden Junction (Overground)
Buses, 18, 187, 206 , 220 , 224 , 226 , 228 , 260 , 266 , 487 , N18
The Green Man
The Misty Moon