The borough of Brent in north west London is a vibrant place to live and work as a teacher. Its rich cultural heritage and history of embracing diversity has made Brent one of London’s most cosmopolitan and desirable boroughs. There are around 70 Primary schools and 20 Secondary schools here, so if you’re looking for teaching jobs in Brent, you’ll have plenty of choice.
Brent’s most famous landmark is Wembley Stadium which opened in 2007.It is home to the England Football Team as well as playing host to Rugby and Football cup finals, including the prestigious FA Cup. You can even see the odd game of American Football here. Housing 90,000 people when full to capacity, it also makes for a stunning music venue as well.Another great attraction found in Brent is London’s iconic music and events venue. The arena hosts some of the world’s biggest stars of music, sport and comedy.
If you like your viewing experiences a little more intimate then check out the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise. Catch a recent release, enjoy a pre-show drink at the bar and all for a good cause. All profits from this social enterprise go to support eco village Sustainability Institute in South Africa.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden is a Hindu temple, the largest of its kind outside of India. It reputably took 1,500 craftsmen and £12 million to construct using delicately carved cream Bulgarian limestone and fine Italian marble. As well as being a place of worship, the temple houses a cultural centre and a permanent exhibition, ‘Understanding Hinduism’.
There are numerous restaurants in Brent offering cuisine from all over the world at good value for money. If you love Indian food then you must head to Ealing Road and Wembley High Road to be spoilt for choice by a great selection of authentic Punjabi, Gujarati and South Indian Cuisine.
In addition to all the usual suspects you would find on the high streets of any busy borough, Brent also has a few surprises such as Wembley Marketthe largest Sunday Market in England. Open every Sunday from 9am to 4pm there are over 500 stalls selling the widest imaginable variety of goods. Wembley Market is best known for its Food Corner, where you’ll find fresh produce from various cultures.
Another Sunday market is The Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market based at Salusbury Road Primary School, selling a range of organic produce and home-made cakes.
For alternative shopping head to the famous Ealing Road in Wembley which is a centre of Asian life in London. Its jewellery quarter and shops selling saris, shoes, clothing and traditional kitchenware attract people from all over the country and particularly from Britain’s Gujarati community.
For peace, quiet and lovely days out make sure to visit Brent Reservoir. It is a conservation area and wildlife centre which is home to Wembley Sailing Club and Water Sport Centre. New members are welcome for racing and leisure sailing.Brent has lots of open, green spaces to enjoy. Well loved parks include Fryent Country Park, Gladstone Park and Roundwood Park.If you’re coming from overseas and looking for a place to stay upon landing, most weary travellers head to in Swiss Cottage.