For residents and visitors alike Brent offers a diverse range of attractions to enjoy and things to do. You can enjoy major sports and music events at Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, experience the real bustle of Ealing Road and Harlesden, eat an authentic Indian curry or be at peace in the tranquility of a temple and walk through acres of countryside.
Here are some of the best-known attractions, and some surprises, too.
London Designer Outlet
London Designer Outlet, is home to over 70 outlets, restaurants and cafes as well as a 9 screen Cineworld complex in an exciting, vibrant, contemporary and cosmopolitan environment.
It is the destination for outlet shopping, eating and entertainment in the capital - open seven days a week, morning to night.
Get bargains from leading high street names, aspirational labels and lifestyle brands at outlet prices of up to 70% off RRP. Dine in relaxed and stylish surroundings, choose from a diverse selection of restaurants & cafés offering the best in “around the world cuisine”.
The Wembley Lion
The Wembley Lion was installed on the open space in Wembley Hill Road in July 2014, to mark the 90th anniversary of the British Empire Exhibition (“BEE”), which brought 27 million visitors to Wembley Park in 1924/25. The BEE was built as the world’s ‘first city of concrete’, and included the original Wembley Stadium.
This concrete lion head was saved from the walls of the last BEE building, part of the Palace of Industry in Olympic Way, when it was demolished in 2013, and placed here overlooking the exhibition’s former site as a permanent reminder of an important part of Wembley’s heritage. One of the aims of the BEE was to bring people together from around the world ‘to get to know one another better’, and the Wembley Lion now welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to discover the history of the BEE, and ‘to get to know one another better’. You can read more about the BEE in articles on the Brent Museum and Archives website
welcomes millions of football, rugby and music fans each year and has been the catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area and helped the UK to bid for the greatest sporting an music events.
Stadium tours give visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes, and extensive conference and banqueting facilities accommodate receptions for up to 3,000 people.
SSE Arena Wembley
Wembley Arena re-opened in 2006 following a £35 million refurbishment including a new restaurant, bars and food outlets, air conditioning, new seating, as well as an impressive new piazza complete with 'dancing fountain'. The world-famous indoor music venue has capacity for 12,750 and has a packed programme of top entertainment. In 2014 the Arena gained new sponsorship and is now known as SSE Arena Wembley.
The versatile space at SSE Arena Wembley makes it a popular exhibitions and conference venue.
White Horse Bridge
White Horse Bridge is a impressive 50m long steel structure connects Wembley Stadium to Wembley town centre. It is named after the white police horse that restored order on the Wembley pitch at the first FA Cup Final held at Wembley in 1923. The footbridge - designed by London Eye architects Marks Barfield - demonstrates that Wembley is not only the home to the world's most spectacular stadium, but is a truly world-class area. You can see this amazing bridge next to Wembley Stadium railway station.
Neasden Temple (BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir)
The Neasden Temple is the first traditional Hindu Mandir outside India is an architectural gem that has become one of London 's 'must-see' attractions.
Two thousand tons of Italian marble and 3,000 tons of Bulgarian limestone were shipped out to India to be carved by 1000 craftsmen then brought back to London where the beautiful building was assembled like 26,000-piece three-dimensional jigsaw.
Open 9am to 6pm daily. All visitors are welcome. Dress code: no revealing or short clothes.
Neasden Temple, 105-119 Brentfield Road , Neasden NW10 8LD. Tel: 020 8965 2651
Ealing Road Temple (Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir)
Open daily from 7.45am. Dress code: no revealing or short clothes.
Wembley's newest looming landmark has finally opened its doors after 14 years of construction. The £16 million Hindu mandir is located on 2.4 acres of land in the centre of the well known shopping area on the Ealing Road, Wembley which is visited by thousands each year. There is none of the metal core most buildings have and, instead, it has been built using ancient techniques based on Hindu scriptures.
The method dates back thousands of years and was used to construct the world famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
The beautifully carved temple is made up of mixed stones from Jaisalmair, Bansipahad and Makrana marble, while the majestic outlook is decorated by Jaisalmair lime stone, all of which have been imported from India.
Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir, Ealing Road, Wembley HA0 4TA. Tel:020 8903 7737
Brent Museum closed its doors on Tuesday 2 April 2013 as a part of the redevelopment of Willesden Green Library Centre.
A brand new Brent Museum will be developed for the new Willesden Green Cultural Centre.
Tricycle Theatre, Cinema and Gallery
Since it opened in a converted Foresters' Hall in 1980, The Tricycle has become one of London 's most respected and loved theatres. It produces a challenging and innovative programme of theatre, cinema and visual arts attracting the local community and audiences from far beyond its home on the Kilburn High Road.
Telephone 020 7328 1000 or visit the website for information about performances and full details of facilities.
The Lexi Cinema is UK's first social enterprise independent boutique digital cinema. A unique independent art house cinema and community venue based in Kensal Rise designed to provide a bespoke viewing experience for everyone to enjoy.
Ace Cafe London
Ace Cafe London is another famous Brent landmark. The cafe attracts up to 30,000 bikers in the summer - reminiscent of its heyday in the 1950s when motorcyclists gathered to do the 'ton', listen to the jukebox and socialize.
The cafe served its last egg and chips in 1969 but was reopened in 2002 by bike enthusiasts, and with the support of the Brent Council planning team.
The iconic black and white building is a meeting place for petrol heads from around the world, with a packed programme of special events. You can also get married here - it is one of Brent's approved marriage locations.
Churchill's Underground Bunker
Churchill's Underground Bunker in Neasden has public open days and groups can visit by appointment. Forty feet below ground and with a concealed entrance it is totally bomb-proof and houses 37 rooms including a map room with 1000 sq ft of wall space and a cabinet room with seating for 30 people. Visit the Bunker website for further details and a virtual tour.
Roe Green Village
Roe Green Village was built as a 'garden village' by the Government's Office of Work, to house employees at the nearby Aircraft Manufacturing Company, which increased its output from 20 to 190 aircraft a month during World War 1.
Today the charming rustic buildings comprising 270 flats and houses are a conservation area and retain the character of a traditional country village and are highly desirable properties. Visit Brent Council's conservation area pages.
Roe Green Walled Garden
Tucked away in a corner of Roe Green Park, Kingsbury, is a community garden which is one of Brent’s hidden gems. Originally the late-Victorian kitchen garden of a country house built for the Duchess of Sutherland, Roe Green Walled Garden has been looked after since 1989 by the Barn Hill Conservation Group. Now it includes lawns and flower beds, a wildflower bank, organic fruit and vegetable gardens, ornamental and wildlife ponds and a play area for young children, as well as the Group’s nursery where new trees are grown for Fryent Country Park from seeds collected there each autumn.
The garden has won Green Pennant awards for a number of years, and is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm, as well as for special events. Visitors are welcome to relax in and enjoy the garden, or to help the volunteers who look after it. Buses 183, 204 and 324 pass the entrance to the park (Valley Drive bus stop), and Kingsbury station (Jubilee Line) is a 5 minute walk away. For further details visit the Barn Hill Conservation Group website .
Ernest Trobridge homes in Kingsbury
Ernest George Trobridge (1884 – 1942) was an architect who designed some of the most unusual homes built in the London suburbs during the 1920’s and 30’s. He devised and patented a timber building system which he hoped would provide cheap but comfortable thatched cottages to deal with the post-WW1 housing shortage, building two small estates of these in Slough Lane and Stag Lane.
He moved on to designing individual homes in the Buck Lane area, which began to use brick and tile as they became cheaper, before building mainly flats in the 1930’s, the most extraordinary being his “castle” blocks on Wakeman’s Hill. Kingsbury in the north of the borough, where he lived from 1915, has the best collection of his surviving buildings. You can discover these for yourself with the “From Cottages to Castles” walk leaflet, which you can download from the Brent Archives website, along with other articles about the man and his work.
Fryent Country Park
The 250 acres (100 hectares) of Fryent Country Park are an oasis of old Middlesex countryside which residents and visitors can enjoy all year round. Between Wembley Park and Kingsbury, it was created by Brent in 1973, out of two areas of green open space saved from suburban development in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Country Park provides a nature reserve for a wide variety of plants, mammals, birds and insects, as well as fields and woods where people can walk, play and picnic in the fresh air.
The park has been awarded Green Flag status, while the meadows (with hedgerows restored to how they appeared on a 1597 map) are managed to Soil Association Organic Standard, and are mown for hay once each summer, after the wild flowers have seeded and the numerous butterflies laid their eggs.
Since 1984, volunteers from Barn Hill Conservation Group have been helping to look after the Country Park – why go to a gym when you can get some free exercise on a worthwhile open air project every Sunday morning (10am to 12.30pm)? Activities for school groups on weekdays can be organised through Brent School Without Walls.
Harlesden | Kilburn | Kingsbury | Queens Park and Kensal Green | Wembley | Willesden
Brent has plenty to offer people interested in architecture, from the 2005 RIBA Award-winning Fawood Children's Centre on the Stonebridge Estate, Brent Council's pre-war modernist Town Hall to the flamboyant former Gaumont State Cinema (now Mecca Bingo) in Kilburn. Brent locations are popular with TV companies and film-makers.