The park where QPR came from
Queen's Park has a real charm about it - one of London's nicest small parks. It's a compact thirty acres in the west of London.
This is the novelist's Zadie Smith's home ground. And talking of home grounds ... Queens Park Rangers, founded in 1886, take their name from this area, though they had no enduring home until moving to their present stadium, Loftus Road in White City, in 1917.
The park is run by the City of London - the desperately undemocratic Corporation which runs the Square Mile at the heart of London's business district. They also manage Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest and Highgate Wood. Why the devil gets all the best parks, I just don't know!
Happily, they do have a sense of history - and a board at the entrance to the park sets out the Queen's Park story.
The surrounding area is London border land - not on the margins of London, but where rival bailiwicks meet. The northern part was Willesden and is now part of Brent - the southern part was Paddington and now is in Westminster. Some who live round here would say they are in North Kensington or Kilburn or Kensal Green or Brondesbury.
The stand-out highlight of Queen's Park is its cast iron bandstand, completed in 1887, gaudily repainted and now Grade II listed.
Close to Queen's Park on Chevening Road is an Islamic Centre which has been described as Britain's premier Shia Muslim mosque.
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