Kilburn In London Isn’t A Crap Hole, Honest!
Kilburn is for those of you that have never heard of it, but I’m sure you have, is an area in North West London. From what I can gather it seems to have a reputation as being a bit of crap hole, with a real bad reputation for crime and social deprivation.
When I hear or read all those negative comments about Kilburn it makes me wonder if any of those people making them have ever actually been to the area. As well as those that claim to have lived hear years ago and are knocking it, exactly you use to live hear years ago!
Just the other day I was searching online to see what information I could find out about Kilburn, which has been my home in London for the past 4 months and there were numerous negative comments about the place. I’m not one to hide behind the bush and I like to say it the way I see it. Kilburn is maybe a bit rough around the edges, but it sure as heck isn’t a socially deprived area or riddled with crime.
Way back in March, I was out for a few drinks with a South African girl that I use to know, and I told her I was moving to Kilburn and it was like I was moving to the pits of hell. I thought dam, I had spent numerous hours wandering around Kilburn prior to signing the lease for my new home and it seemed okay. So I got her to go into more details about what she new about Kilburn, she had heard it had a bad reputation from friends and had once went through it on a bus!
The other comments I have heard thrown around about Kilburn is that it is full of Irish and Polish people, is that such a bad thing. In reality I feel that once upon a time Kilburn had a large Irish population, but nowadays it is mainly old Irish people you see going around here and there aint that many of them. Also tell me any area in London, where it doesn’t seem like there is lot of Polish people.
I would personally say in reality that Kilburn has a huge and diverse mix of nationalities and races of people living here now. Kilburn is an area, which is an extremely cosmopolitan and mixed part of London. I use to live in Shepherds Bush before I moved to Kilburn and any time I walked down Uxbridge Road it felt like I was in a foreign country, because you would hear every language apart from English.
Kilburn has a good choice of shops, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, places to eat, bars, music venues, etc. There maybe isn’t very many, if any designer shops here, but that doesn’t make it a crap hole. There is a few rough looking bars, but there is also a quite a few decent ones as well.
For me what really makes Kilburn stand out, is its fantastic transport links, there are two tubes stations, which are on the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines and two overground stations. There is also more than adequate bus links and even better there is quite a few night buses. Living here sure makes it easy to get into central London and to any other parts of London for that matter, which is good for a guy like me who likes to get out and about.
Kilburn London is what I would describe as being a real area, which maybe hasn’t got any pretentious or designers bars, clubs or shops, but it sure isn’t full of crime, violence, drugs and deprivation either. Since I have been here, I have never been offered any drugs and only been accosted by a hooker once. I use to get offered drugs almost daily when I was living in Barbados.
I suppose there are some dodgy or rough areas in Kilburn where you probably wouldn’t want to go, but I haven’t came across them yet. Seemingly South Kilburn was at one time a notorious part of this area, but I have walked around it during the day, and i clearly it has had some sort of regeneration. Then again I suppose you could say the same about most areas in London. I have walked up Kilburn High Road, late at night numerous times and I haven’t seen any trouble or had any hassle. That’s not to say it never happens, you just have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I have personally witnessed a few shop lifting incidents and a couple of people getting arrested in Kilburn. But that for me just shows how alert the staff in the shops are here and how quick the cops arrive to arrest criminals. I saw plenty of cop raids, and drugs pushers and other scum getting arrested during my couple of months in Shepherds Bush.
I would say that Kilburn sure as heck isn’t Hampstead, but it isn’t as bad an area, as the one I have read about online. Kilburn if you would believe some of the crap that you read online is a real ghetto. Which usually comes from people that have passed through on a buss or from people that lived here years ago. I would personally give Kilburn a good review, it has a good buzz to it and it has a fairly good feel to it. I would recommend it as a place to live.
If anybody out there is thinking about moving to Kilburn, come and have a wee look around the place during the day and then late at night and see if for yourself, don’t listen to second hand rumours!