Brent Cross Town is the perfect starting point for exploration and making connections, with a tube line right into central London and the M1 on the doorstep. And it’s set to get even better with a new rail station at Brent Cross West completed in 2022.
Set aside a couple of hours, a day or even the weekend to discover these five easy trips near and far.
Remember to check government guidelines before travelling – and save these trips for another day if you can’t get there safely.
Walk the Capital Ring from Brent to Highgate
Starting close to home, the Brent Reservoir, also known as the Welsh Harp, is a wonderful spot to pop out on your lunch break for some quick green inspiration. But if you have a few hours to spend, follow the River Brent eastwards for a walk along the Capital Ring. Highgate is six miles away so you can do it in 90 minutes, but maybe allow a bit more so you can meander along the water and through heritage woodlands. It’s a rare opportunity to do something in London that doesn’t cost any money; you can even bring a buggy if you don’t mind carrying it up or down a couple of steps.
Highlights on the route include a 16-foot bronze statue in Finchley of a naked woman holding a sword formally named La Délivrance, but known more colloquially as “Dirty Gertie”; Decoy Lake in Brent Park – the clue is in the name – and Highgate Wood, understood to date all the way back to the Ice Age.