Harlesden: Home Of The Original Jamaicish

Harlesden is an up and coming area with distinct culture and character, particularly from its Caribbean and Irish communities.

The local borough, Brent Council has long-term plans for Harlesden and the area will eventually benefit from the Crossrail project. As a result, this part of  north-west London is receiving interest from young families, professionals and artists.

As well as its Caribbean and Irish stronghold there are also notable Portuguese, Colombian and Brazilian communities. Subsequently, there are dozens of places to eat and drink that reflect this diversity.

With the regeneration in progress for over a year, this means we’re likely to see a transformed Harlesden centre by 2015.

Urban planning trends throughout cities are pretty much pedestrianising all the things. As a result, expect to see more communal spaces, tree-lined parks and generally a more walkable people-friendly town centre.

Furthermore, Harlesdens landmark, the Jubilee Clock will be moved temporally while work commences. Consequently, local residents challenged this decision but to no avail.

Affectionately known to some as the ‘reggae capital’ of London, Harlesden has a high concentration of untapped coolness which is yet to be exploited or go through any kind of “Shoreditchification”.

Are you looking forward to Harlesden changing?

David Goodwin has been blogging since 2010 and is the author of Blog on the Block where he covers civic & social topics. Goodwin hosts the podcast, Pod on the Block. He is the founder and company director of user experience consultancy Uxfam Ltd.

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