time turn right...
a completely different experience, backtrack
to the Regents Plaza Hotel and this
time turn right out of the doors and take
a two minute walk into Kilburn via the High
Road. Pick up the most amazing pre-prepared
snacks and salads at Marks and Spencers
and watch the locals do their shopping.
Check out the wares at the fruit stalls,
flower stands, small outdoor markets and
bric a brac shops. For women, this stroll
isn't recommended after dark, but during
the day, its certainly an eyeful!
a left onto one of the residential streets
and make your way down to Salusbury Road,
the road parallel to Kilburn High Road.
This marks the beginning of Queen's Park.
Simply ask anyone to point you in the direction
of the park itself, which is just off Harvist
Road, a minute's walk at most. Its
quite large, mostly open, and has a lovely
family atmosphere to it. For a truly English
experience, take tea at the park's little
cafeteria while sitting at the picnic tables.
on Salusbury Road, there's a few interesting
shops dotted around but I wouldn't really
call this a shopping area. You might want
to have a meal at the newly opened Penk's
restaurant, tiny, trendy and tasty. Or walk
up to Lonsdale Road, which consists solely
of converted mews buildings and businesses
and boasts the most popular restaurant in
the neighbourhood -- The Organic Café.
This resto lives up to its name, offering
only food prepared with organically grown
produce as well as an impressive range of
organic wine. I'd recommend it for breakfast,
brunch, lunch, dinner -- or even just to
have a glass of wine after dark, when they
light candles to make the place literally
restaurants in the neighbourhood worth a
look are Vijay, for delightful North
Indian cuisine, and Satay Raya, serving
up memorable Malaysian/Indonesian food.
after dark, please...
isn't an area to stroll about late at night.
The lads tend to get a little boisterous
as they emerge from the pubs and drunkeness
can be a bit of a problem. If you do visit
the Organic Café, I suggest
walking back to the hotel via Salusbury
Road and then back up to Kilburn High Road
via the wide and well lit Brondesbury Road.
There's no reason to feel unsafe in this
neighbourhood -- I personally never had
a problem in all the years I've lived there,
but its always smart to be cautious
in the big city. Ask for a local map at
the hotel and you'll be able to chart your
paths to both Maida Vale and through Kilburn.
Or better still, if you want to look like
a real Londoner, pick up an A-Z (street
guide) from one of the local newsagents.
We all carry them.
at your hotel...
back at the Regents Plaza Hotel,
be sure at some point to take advantage
of the fantastic health spa that is available
on site. You will be pleasantly surprised
with their facilities -- everything from
weights, cardio machines, fitness classes,
pool, steam and sauna. Very unusual for
a London hotel!
your workout, indulge in one of their fresh
fruit drinks available at the bar -- both
healthy and refreshing.
the end of a perfect few days for Journeywoman.
Regents Plaza Hotel
Tel 0207 543 6000
Fax 0207 543 2100
13 Clifton Gardens, W9
26 Clifton Gardens, W9
453 Edgeware Road, W2
43 Salusbury Road, NW6
Lonsdale Road, NW6
49 Willesden Lane, NW6
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