Cricklewood is an area in north-west London, England, situated 5 miles (8.2 km) northwest of Charing Cross. It lies between Willesden Green and Dollis Hill to the west, Brondesbury and Kilburn to the south, West Hampstead and Childs Hill to the south-east and east, and Brent Cross to the north. The area is split between three London boroughs: Barnet to the north-east, Brent to the west and Camden to the south-east.
Cricklewood was a small rural settlement around the Edgware Road (originally the Roman Road Watling Street) until the arrival of the railway and underground railway (tube) in nearby Willesden Green in the 1870s. The bustling shops on Cricklewood Broadway (as the Edgware Road is known here) contrast with quieter surrounding streets of largely late-Victorian, Edwardian and 1930s housing. The area has strong links with Ireland and a sizeable Irish population. The Crown pub (now The Crown Moran Hotel) is a local landmark. The 35 hectares (86 acres) Gladstone Park lies on its north-west border.
Cricklewood has two conservation areas, the Mapesbury Estate and the Cricklewood Railway Terraces, and in 2012 was awarded £1.65 million from the Mayor of London’s office to improve the area.