Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park, Brent/Westminster

A largely built-over former showground in West Kilburn – with some of London’s trendiest little terraces

Queen's Park, London Borough of Brent, NW6, Ewan Munro

Queen’s Park was cre­at­ed for the Inter­na­tion­al Exhi­bi­tion of the Roy­al Agri­cul­tur­al Soci­ety, which was opened by Queen Vic­to­ria in 1879. In that same year the Lon­don and North West­ern Rail­way opened Queen’s Park sta­tion on the main line from Lon­don to Birm­ing­ham.

The 30-acre open space that remains today was a sec­tion of the agri­cul­tur­al show­ground, but much of the rest was built up by the Arti­zans’, Labour­ers’ and Gen­er­al Dwellings Com­pa­ny as a grid of ter­raced cot­tages for the respectable work­ing class­es. The park belonged to the Church Com­mis­sion­ers, who gave it to its present own­ers, the Cor­po­ra­tion of Lon­don.

Hidden London: Terraced cottages with a classic Citroen DS parked outside
Ter­raced cot­tages built by the Arti­zans’, Labour­ers’ and Gen­er­al Dwellings Com­pa­ny

Bak­er­loo line ser­vices began to oper­ate from Queen’s Park sta­tion in Feb­ru­ary 1915.

Dur­ing the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry Queen’s Park had a num­ber of small engi­neer­ing firms, but res­i­den­tial build­ing – most­ly munic­i­pal – has now replaced almost all the orig­i­nal indus­try. The Mozart coun­cil estate has been a par­tic­u­lar­ly unpop­u­lar place to live.

In Brent’s Queens Park ward (no apos­tro­phe) the major­i­ty of homes are own­er occu­pied but in Westminster’s Queen’s Park ward (with an apos­tro­phe) most are rent­ed from the coun­cil or a hous­ing asso­ci­a­tion.

At the 2011 cen­sus, 36 per cent of Queen’s Park’s res­i­dents were white British. There were also sig­nif­i­cant minori­ties of Caribbean, African, Irish, Indi­an and Bangladeshi birth or descent, and almost 2,000 peo­ple with a mixed eth­nic back­ground.

Queen’s Park Rangers football club was formed in the year 1882 by the old boys of Droop Street board school. Originally called St Jude’s, the club took its present name after a merger with Christchurch Rangers in 1886.

QPR have played outside the Queen’s Park neighbourhood for the majority of their existence, mostly at their present ground in Loftus Road. They were in and out of top-flight football from the late 1960s to the mid-90s and competed in the Premier League from 2011 to 2013.

Postal districts: W10 and NW6
Population: 27,844 (Brent’s Queens Park ward and Westminster’s Queen’s Park ward, 2011 census)
Station: Bakerloo line (zone 2)
Web page: City of London: Queen’s Park
Further reading: Erica McDonald and David J Smith, Artizans & Avenues, A history of the Queen’s Park Estate, City of Westminster Libraries, 1990
The picture of Queen’s Park at the top of this page is minimally modified from an original photograph, copyright Ewan Munro, at Flickr, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.