The period beautiful properties were built as suburban villas within their own plots of land for those people requiring easy access to the city. They are mainly two storey with attic rooms and substantial mature gardens to the front and rear. Presently, the Conservation Area is expanding to take in the east side of Walm Lane around Blenheim Gardens NW2. This area is popular with young families moving from West Hampstead, Queen’s Park and Maida Vale, looking for more lateral living accommodation.

Independent schools such as University College School, St Margaret’s, North Bridge House, Devonshire House, The King Alfred School, St Anthony’s School to name a few, are only 10 minutes drive and the highly rated OFSTED - The Mulberry House School (ages 2-7) is a short walk away. Also within walking distance are the excellent state schools of Malorees, Christchurch, North West London Jewish School, Emmanuel C of E Primary School, Beckford School and the Queen’s Park Community School (QPCS).

The emergence of the Jubilee Line (Zone 2) into London - a 12 minute ride into Baker Street and 34 minutes to Canary Wharf, has seen many families from the City moving into the neighbourhood. Mapesbury has a unique children’s play park sponsored by the local community called The Mapesbury Dell which hosts local events throughout the year including Easter Egg Hunt, Summer BBQ’s, Opera’s and Carol Singing at Christmas.

The walking culture includes pop-up independent shops on Queen’s Parade including Lily King, coffee houses and restaurants including Sanzio, Spice 6, A Casa Di Anna, The Queensbury Gastropub, Costa, Nest, Beer + Burger, Gail’s, Mezzorama and the best kept secret in NW2 - ‘Sushi Masa’ a local Japanese restaurant. There is a Sainsbury’s local within walking distance and a large Sainsbury’s supermarket store with carpark facilities.