Tour Guide To London’s Willesden District

Located in the North West London, Willesden is a part of London Borough of Brent. The district has Ireland links and hence a sizable population is Irish and also Afro-Caribbean.

Brief History of Willesden

Willesden was a pilgrimage place between 14th and 16th century because of two ancient statues of Virgin Mary at Church of St Mary. One of the statues was however burnt in the year 1538, which was thought to be Black Madonna.

Metropolitan Railway station was opened on November 24, 1879, which became the main reason of the rapid growth in population.

In 1933 the district became a municipal borough. Migrants from Indian Subcontinent and Caribbean Island started settling in Willesden from 1960, and the entire area became popular with working holidaymakers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


Willesden Green is represented by Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors on Brent Council. The district is a part of Brent Central parliamentary constituency.

Transport System in Willesden

In 1879 Willesden Green station started operation under Metropolitan Railway. The rail connects Willesden to Harrow, London, Aylesbury, Rickmansworth and Uxbridge.

The district is also well connected to places through A41 and A5 roads that run close to Kilburn/Cricklewood. Bus routes run through Willesden.

Nearest places from Willesden

Church End
Dollis Hill
Kensal Green