Kilburn Park first opened on 31st January 1915 – it was very briefly the northern terminus of the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway until the rest of the line opened to Queen’s Park two weeks later.
Architecture wise, its a really interesting station. While ascending on the escalator, look up to see the glass domed roof of the station. Externally it looks similar to a Leslie Green station – with the Oxblood colours – but is minus the trademark arched windows. Indeed, in the ticket office I was struck by the extensive square sash windows at ground level looking onto the street – certainly different from other stations I have encountered where the windows tend to be much higher in the structure.
According to Wikipedia, this was one of the first stations purpose built for escalators. There is something quite old school about the arrangement here – the middle staircase is bigger than the two escalators either side of it and looms over them which seems quite unusual.
The Pub: The Priory Tavern, 250 Belsize Road, NW6 4BT
To reach The Priory, head up Cambridge Avenue to reach Kilburn High Road. Pass the Overground station and then turn onto Belsize Road where you’ll find The Priory Tavern.
Inside, its a spacious pub, divided into two bars. The wooden bar is the centrepiece of the Priory’s main room. A nice touch above the bar comes in the shape of ‘Bartenders Choice’, with recommended drinks written up in chalk. Talking of drinks, there were a decent selection of ales on our visit – the ever reliable Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Truman’s Swifts and the more exotic sounding Voodoo Dawn. For those who prefer something stronger, there was a rather impressive selection of spirits behind the bar too. There is a good food selection too – I took advantage of their weekday happy hour(530-700) and got a beer and burger for £10. It was suitably hefty and definitely did the job. Other food on the menu includes sweet and spicy chicken wings and pork ribs.
We sat in the chilled out back room. The whole place has a rather bohemian feel, the stripped back white walls, wooden floor boards and old glass adverts on the wall for Lamb’s Navy Rum and other drinks. I really like the fact it feels like its evolved organically – i.e: the various trinkets, seats and other bits and bobs have been picked up over time. These days places can go for ‘alternative by numbers’ where its all done very clinically, but it feels real here!
While we were here, the regular Thursday night ‘Juke Joint Jam session was just setting up, where people come along and bring their own jazz, funk or blues instruments There are comfy sofas nearby in this part of the pub, so it all had the potential to become very chilled. It’s not just music, they also have a dart board and a wide array of boardgames.
I was really impressed with The Priory. Its a proper pub with its own unique vibe. It’s well worth checking out!