Written by Gifted Local co-founder, Florence Eavis who has lived in Queen's Park for the last 8 years. Last updated July 2021.
Queen's Park, my hood and in my opinion, the best place to live. But I would say that wouldn’t I, given it was my home for over eight years. There is so much to love in QP. The cobbled mews that’s Lonsdale Mews, dotted with pastel coloured houses, coffee shops and small businesses. The park which has a hidden woodland at the top where kids make their mud potions and the high-street, which is bursting with bookshops, clothes shops, bakers and butchers. It’s a little village of its own that is home to an eclectic mix of people who love being part of the community. Here’s why we ‘heart’ QP…
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BREAKFAST / BRUNCH
Milk Beach is a secluded stretch of coastline along Sydney’s Hermit Bay – and now it’s also a café on Queens Park legendary Lonsdale Road mews. Serving Aussie style brunch with delicious dishes such as ham hock and eggs benedict on sourdough, banana bread with espresso cream cheese, coddled eggs and sweet potato purée in a jar and of course the smashed avocado on toast, this restaurant has become a destination for locals and those further afield. And dinner is also something to write home about with you ending up ordering all the small platters on the menu and feeling torn between which glass (or even bottle) of organic wine you’re going to sample first. Although it’s a fairly newcomer to the area, Milk Beach is definitely here to stay.
Strictly speaking doughnuts are not strictly breakfast, but Bread Ahead’s selection are totally irresistible and should be eaten at ANY time of the day. Located on Lonsdale Road, Bread Ahead doughnuts are covered in sweet sticky sugar that stays more than just a moment on your lips and is jam-packed with chocolate, pistachio, vanilla or salted caramel filling. If doughnuts are not your thing (I mean, how is that possible!) there are deliciously flaky, buttery pastries that go very well with a cup of Bread Ahead’s smooth and velvety coffee, or freshly pressed orange juice. And while you’re there, grab a focaccia bursting with cheese, herbs, olives and all the other good things in life. A must taste if you’re in QP.
25 Lonsdale Rd, London NW6 6RD
French-style ‘farm-to-table’ concept Cocotte opened its fourth London restaurant in Queens Park and it’s a welcome addition to the local high-street. Signature dishes include the rotisserie chicken, marinated for 24 hours and is succulent and juicy. Cocotte has also created a dish exclusive to Queens Park… the Cocotte Crispy Chicken burger which is as delicious at it sounds. Side salads offer a dose of healthiness with favourites including Kale and Roasted Pepper and Green Veggie and Basil.
79 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NH; 020 7625 6606
Michiko Sushino serves high-quality sushi in a New York loft style setting. Nigiri, uramaki, hosomaki and sashimi are prepared in front of you by two highly trained Japanese chefs, who are generous with both their sushi and sake portions. As the only Asian restaurant in the area, it’s a welcome addition to Queens Park.
The Salusbury Pub
The Salusbury has been part of the neighbourhood for nearly 20 years and over time has flexed and developed to keep up with the changing needs of the community. A hit with the locals, it has something for everyone, tripling as a café, deli and classic Italian pizzeria. All dishes here are made from scratch, with local suppliers and imported Italian goods.
50-52 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NN; 020 7328 3286
PLACES TO GRAB A DRINK
Wolfpack also lives on the well-known Queens Park mews Lonsdale Road. Founded by is in professional rugby players Al Hargreaves and Chris Wyles, this dive-style bar is home to their own-brand, fuss-free lager of the same name. The music is great, the atmosphere is welcoming, and if you’re not into larger, there are also some great cocktails and wines on offer. Although it sounds super macho, everyone is welcome, so come prepared to get stuck in!
PLACES TO SHOP
Although Provenance is part of a chain, this butcher really feels like it was made for Queens Park. It has a beautiful selection of organic and free-range meat from kebabs, to burgers, fillets, to cutlets. But what is even more exciting is their range of condiments and snacky bits and pieces to pimp up your meal. You could easily spend £30 on salsas, marinades without batting an eye lid but you wouldn’t regret it for one second. A great addition to Queens Park’s high street.
93 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NH; 020 7624 1444
Queen's Park Books
This beautifully curated bookshop has something for everyone. There is a snuggly kid’s section at the back where your small people can take their favourite read off the shelves and curl up while you spend your time browsing. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, always happy to order a book in if they don’t have it. Plus, it’s a very handy place to buy the birthday card you’ve forgotten about or the birthday present for a kid’s party which started 10 minutes ago. It has a lovely and timeless feel to it and is one of our favourite places to spend time!
87 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NH; 020 7625 1008
The first month Ediit opened, I was in there almost every week, buying something new. I was like a kid in a candy shop. Beautifully curated, this boutique mixes great staple pieces with more one-off show stoppers. The choice of brands including Lolly’s Laundry, American Vintage, M.A.B.E, Jumper 1234 and LULU Copenhagen means there’s a range of great clothing at different price points that won’t break the bank. The staff are warm, friendly, and reassuringly honest, so you don’t end up buying something that later regret. Love this shop. Maybe a little too much!
73 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NJ
Queen's Park Farmer's Market
Walking down Lonsdale Road on a Sunday and you’re often met with a queue of very patient families waiting to get into Queens Park Market. Held at the local Salusbury School, this market is busy, bustling and bursting at the seams with beautiful and seasonal produce. The market attracts attention for its range of stalls including free range and organic poultry and meat, organic and biodynamic vegetables, eggs, juices, vegetables and fruit. Plus, you can pick up fresh pasta, snack on a pie, gobble down hot gyoza with spicy sauce or opt for a bacon or sausage sandwich on white fresh bread and oozing with mustard or ketchup. What’s not to like?!
Salusbury Primary School, Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG; 020 7833 0338
The Hearth Market
The Hearth is a women’s co-working space in the heart of Queens Park. Women from all walks of life come to take some time out to get their head down and work, or to just curl up on the couch, read a book and get some down time. But on the weekends, The Hearth transforms into a mini-bustling market. Running once a month on Sunday from 10am, the market supports and profiles local female entrepreneurs and sells everything from cookies, to clothing, artwork to artisan goods. A local market, run for local people, it’s definitely worth checking out!
Address: The Hearth, 16 Lonsdale Rd, London NW6 6RD; 0208 092 9280Continue reading