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Things to do in London Borough of Brent, Greater London


The London Borough of Brent is in the northwest of Greater London, and gets its name from the River Brent which runs through it. It borders the central London Borough of The City of Westminster and The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea among others.

Facts and Figures:

The London Borough of Brent covers an area 14 miles long and 35 miles wide and is the 15th largest London borough by area.

Brent has around 272,000 population of which 45% are White and 55% are of other ethnicity, making Brent the most ethnically diverse local authority in Britain.

Brent is well known for its famous residents: comedian Eddie Izzard, astrologer Russell Grant and Hollywood actor Peter O'Toole. However, its main claim to fame is the legendary Wembley stadium, home of English football. It attracts huge crowds, not only for sporting events but also for music concerts.

Brent has a few other claims to fame. When it appointed Merle Amory to become leader of Brent council in 1986, she became the first black woman to lead a British local authority. Brent also has one of the highest crime detection rates in London.


Brent is a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial land. Its cosmopolitan society is clearly evident in its local landmarks. The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple in Neasden was beautifully carved in India but assembled in North London and is hard to miss, rising spectacularly above its urban surroundings.

The famous Swedish furniture superstore IKEA is located within the borough, and offers Swedish style modernistic interiors. The Bioscience industry is also clustered around Brent and provides plenty of employment in the area.

Borough Attractions:

One of Brent's big attractions is the Wembley market, where you can buy almost everything from jewellery and food to bric-a-brac.

Although it is in the heart of one of Europe's most crowded cities, you can find some pleasant walks in leafy Gladstone Park or along the towpath beside the brightly painted canal barges on the Grand Union Canal. Altogether Brent has five main parks including Roe Green Park and Queen's Park.

As well as Wembley Stadium, Brent is home to Wembley Arena, a huge indoor arena which is used for music events along with comedy nights, sport including World Wrestling and family entertainment. If you get a chance to visit, checkout the who's who in the Square of Fame which has performers' handprints including those of Madonna, Kylie Monogue and Sir Cliff Richard.

Getting There:

Brent has several underground lines including:

Alperton and Sudbury Town stations on the Piccadilly line

Harlesden, Kensal Green, Kenton, Kilburn Park, North Wembley, Queens Park, South Kenton, Stonebridge, Wembley Central and Willesden on the Bakerloo line

Northwick Park, Preston Road and Wembley Park on the Metropolitan line

Dollis Hill, Kilburn, Kingsbury, Neasden, Wembley Park and Willesden Green on the Jubilee line

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