Wembley scores when it comes to contemporary living in the UK capital. Shiny new apartment blocks, shopping outlets, and restaurants compliment the state-of-the-art stadium that defines this iconic corner of northwest London.
Wembley: the home of football and modern London living
Some London suburbs are intrinsically linked with sport: Twickenham and rugby, Wimbledon and tennis. There’s another that’s widely regarded as the home of football: Wembley. You can’t talk about this part of north-west London without mentioning the £1.09-billion, 90,000 all-seater stadium with its iconic arch that dominates the local skyline. But there’s more to Wembley than just FA Cup finals, England matches, and music concerts.
It’s not just the football ground that has undergone a major facelift. In 2002, property developer Quintain bought large tracts of land around the old stadium and arena – but it’s been a long road to building the shiny new residential Wembley we know today. The 2008-2009 financial crash put the brakes on development, prompting a change of direction. A new masterplan was agreed with Brent council in 2016 to construct the country’s largest ever build-to-rent project. With most of the 5,000 new homes now compete – and more in the offing – along with the shops and other services needed to support them, Wembley is a thriving modern London community.
- Tube: Wembley is easily accessible from four underground stations that all reside in travel zone 4: Wembley Park on the Metropolitan line and Jubilee line, Wembley Central on the Bakerloo line, Wembley North on the Bakerloo line, and Preston Road on the Metropolitan line.
- Overground: Wembley Central is also situated on the London Overground line.
- Rail: Wembley Stadium National Rail station is one stop from London Marylebone on Chiltern Railways. Wembley North is also located on the Watford DC line.
Away from the brand-new apartments near the stadium, twenties and thirties detached, semi-detached and terrace houses dominate the local property market. There is also a sprinkling of Victorian and Edwardian family homes in the area.
- Average property price in Wembley: £554,982
- Property price range in Wembley: £78,750 – £2,350,000
- Average rental price in Wembley: £463 per week
- Rental price range in Wembley: £315 – £819 per week
- Primary and infant schools: Several state primary schools in the area are Ofsted rated “outstanding”: St Joseph’s RC Infants School (co-ed, ages three to seven), St Joseph’s RC Junior School (co-ed, ages seven to 11), and Oakington Manor Primary School (co-ed, ages seven to 11).
- Secondary schools: Three local all-through and state secondary schools are rated “outstanding” by Ofsted: Ark Academy (co-ed, ages three to 18), Michaela Community School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18), and Wembley High Technical College (co-ed, ages 11 to 18). The Ofsted rated “good” Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill has attracted a large French community to the area.
- Private schools: The local private primary schools are St Christopher’s School (co-ed, ages two to 11), Buxlow Preparatory School (co-ed, ages two to 11) and St Nicholas School (co-ed, ages 0 to 11). John Lyon School (boys, ages 11 to 18) is a private day secondary school.
Things to do
- Shopping: The London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park has 70 stores, plus chain restaurants.
- Open space: Leafy Elvin Gardens and newly opened Union Park provide residents in Wembley Park with green spaces to relax in. There are also two kids’ play parks and a paddling pool. King Edward VII Park has a bowling green, sports pitches, tennis courts and a children’s playground. Fryent Country Park has over 250 acres of fields, woods, and ponds.
- Leisure: An estimated seven million visitors flock to Wembley each year to attend major events at the stadium – which is the country’s largest sporting venue and a top music venue – and the Art Deco indoor SSE Arena. There’s a nine-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema in the London Designer Outlet.