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Battery Studio 2 - Things To Do in North-West London

Battery Studio 2 is located just down the road from Willesden Green underground station, and the main town centre of Willesden with its selection of pubs and eateries. Further South in Kensal Green is a great selection of revitalised gastro pubs with great food and drink menus. 

Other nearby sites and attractions include the world-famous Wembley Stadium and Hampstead Heath, as well as a scattering of smaller activites. Here we have picked out a selection of recommendable places to go in your free time...

To Visit


Wembley National Stadium Ltd, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS Telephone 0844 980 8001 View Website

The home of football hosts a fair few English victories, albeit currently outweighed by defeats! All the same, Wembley is one of the largest and most spectacular stadiums in the world. It's a short bus ride away from the studio, so check out any matches being played.

Lord's Cricket Ground

Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN 020 7616 8500 View Website

If you visit in the summer, you may want to investigate spending a day at the world's most famous cricket ground. If your timing is extra lucky (and you have a some spare cash to find a use for), you may want to join the rat race for a day at an England test match, although Middlesex county are often in town too throughout the summer. 

Brent Artists Resource

The Gallery, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF 020 8459 1421 View Website

The Brent Artists Resource promotes a wide variation of works by artists in Brent. It is based in the gallery in Willesden Library Centre, less than five minutes from the studio.

Hampstead Heath

020 7332 3322 View Website

North-West London (Hampstead/Highgate/Kentish Town). Even studio boffs need to treat their skin to some sun once in a while! Hampstead Heath is probably the closest of London's famous parklands. A good option for a summer's afternoon, the Heath is not too far by tube/bus, and the views across the city are tremendous.

Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery

Harrow Road, London, W10 4RA (Kensal Green Underground Station) (0)20 8969 0152 View Website

Queen fans can visit the cremation site of Freddie Mercury at the Kensal Green cemetery. The burial ground contains an interesting variety of Victorian memorials and mausoleums.

To Eat & Drink

The Queensbury

110 Walm Lane, Willesden Green, London, NW2 4RS. 020 8452 0171 View Website

After fighting your way out of Willesden Green tube station, you might be glad to see this haunt sitting next door! It serves anything from brunch in the morning, through to roasts on a Sunday. There's a large wine and cocktail menu, (never a bad thing), a pub garden and all the spiffing interiors you'd expect for a top of the range gastro pub.

The Paradise

19 Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4AE 020 8969 0098 View Website

Since being taken over by new management in August '07 (and briefly refurbished in April '08 when this photo was taken!), The Paradise has shot-up in the opinions of local residents and workers. The food and drink is great, as is the music. The frequent cabaret nights seem popular too.

The Chamberlayne

83 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND 020 8960 4311 View Website

The Chamberlayne serves as another option to those seeking a haunt for eating, drinking or both. Set on the corner of an attractive tree-lined street, the entire side of the pub is lined by its popular terrace. The steaks have certainly acquired fans on the London pub blogosphere!!

The Masons Arms

665 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5NU 020 8960 2278 View Website

Boasting one of the best beer gardens in the area, The Masons Arms' popularity seems to be ever-growing. In keeping with the interests of most of the pubs in this area, it prides itself on a great food and drink menu. There is a private hire room upstairs, whereas downstairs boasts a fantastic interior design.

William IV

786 Harrow Road, London, NW10 5JX 020 8969 5944 View Website

The William IV has too undergone many changes of late, much to the approval of its clientele. The food menu now ranges from traditional pub nosh through to Tapas, with the Sunday Roast as popular as ever. This is another pub with a very likeable beer garden

The Salusbury Pub and Dining Room

50-52 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6NN 020 7328 3286 View Website

An upmarket pub and diner, seemingly steering away from your bog-standard bangers & mash, and opting for the slightly more sophisticated menu of pappardelle with hare in game sauce, and roast duck leg with sage and balsamic vinegar. Meals cost roughly £18 / head.

The Corrib Rest

76 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6PA 020 76259585 View Website

Widely-appreciated as one of the best sports pubs in the North-West, The Corrib Rest provides a lively atmosphere on matchdays, however the staff still ensure that the often-large crowds are served quickly and efficiently. The food portions are reported to be more-than generous!

The Good Ship

289 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 7JR 020 8208 9292 View Website

One of the Lumianire's closest neighbours, The Good Ship has established a rapidly growing reputation for attracting great bands and artists since its opening in 2005. Their upcoming listings are on their website.

Ye Old Black Lion

West End Lane NW6 1RD 020 7435 4389

This looks just like any other little pub on the outside, and true to form on the inside it’s an old traditional British pub, apart from the big screen that comes out when the footballs on. There’s a certain charm about Ye Old Black Lion, it’s not at all stylish, it smells of beer and stale cigarettes, but it’s always busy. The pub still keeps a very local feel to it. The regulars are mostly harmless old men, that like to sit and drink by themselves, they’ve been doing that for so long that they’ve become part of the furniture, and now the place wouldn’t be the same without them. Ye Old Black Lion, is a good place to go out to during the weekend if you’re just up for ’going down the pub’, it’s a no frills kind of place so don’t expect more than a pub with a nice beer garden.


175 West End Lane NW6 1RD 020 7625 6474

This little late night bar, in the middle of West Hampstead plays the best/ worst of 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s pop on Friday and Saturday nights. Open for 25 years, this bar really knows what works and what doesn’t. From the outside it looks like a pretty sophisticated wine bar, however when you get downstairs to the packed dance floor, everyone’s dancing to the sounds of Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and old skool Locomotion Kylie. The bar during the week is still busy but if you want to experience the real thing, you need to get down on a Saturday night.

Bull and Last

168 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QS View Website

Located just a stone's throw from Hampstead Heath in leafy north west London, this historic pub housed in a Grade 2 listed building has recently been given a new lease of life by a young team. Outstanding seasonal food and great service while retaining a traditional pub atmosphere.

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