No one can blame you for having safety and security at the forefront of your mind when looking for a place to settle down – be it on your own, in the hopes of starting a family, or with family already in tow.
Wembley has a lot to offer, catering to football fanatics, gig-goers and shoppaholics alike – but is Wembley safe? While considered to be a suburb of outer London, it could still seem daunting to anyone not familiar with some aspects of city life. Not to worry – with closer inspection of facts and figures it’s easy to lay some of these fears to rest, and not let them keep you from considering calling Wembley home.
Located in the borough of Brent, nowadays the town of Wembley is best known for its music and sporting venues. With these attractions bringing in high footfall you can expect a visible and reassuring police presence – no doubt part of the reason the Met reports Wembley as having a lower crime rate than many other London boroughs. Wembley Park even has its own dedicated police support team, available 7 days a week.
According to the Numbeo online database, last year Coventry had a higher crime index than London in general, let alone just Wembley. London was also ranked well below Bradford, Manchester and Birmingham, as well as many other European cities.
How to stay safe in London
In reality there is no trick to staying safe in London – it is no different to any other European capital, and should be approached with the same attitude. However, there are a few easy things that you can do to help put your mind at ease:
- If you’re worried about being pickpocketed in crowded areas, keep all bags and pockets zipped tight. Consider a cross-body bag for extra security.
- Similarly, try to avoid excessively flaunting valuables and cash.
- If you are unfamiliar with an area, plan and familiarise yourself with your travel route in advance, and stick to well-lit, busy areas.
- Registering and marking your larger valuables (such as laptops or bikes), and advertising that you have done so (e.g. with stickers) makes them less attractive to thieves.
What is the Wembley area like?
Score a seat
We already know that Wembley Stadium and The OVO Arena are top of the list when it comes to places to go in Wembley. The OVO Arena is an indoor venue for music, comedy and more, holding up to 12,500 people – the O2 is the only other indoor venue that can trump it for size. Walk ten minutes down the road and you can find yourself at Wembley Stadium; it may be the self-proclaimed ‘home of football’, but can be found hosting a variety of different sporting events, as well as live music.
Hungry for more
Having pop stars and sports heroes on your doorstep may not be enough to impress you – that’s okay, we understand. You want to get a feel for what’s really going on at the heart of Wembley; and what a diverse and bustling heart it is. One of the most multicultural areas in Greater London, as well as a hub for students from the universities of Middlesex and Westminster, Wembley caters to everyone.
Once you’ve finished browsing the plentiful shops and designer outlets you’ll have worked up an appetite – thankfully, you can practically eat your way around the world; and we’ve picked out 7 of the best restaurants in Wembley for you to do just that. Not ready to head home for the night? Why not pay a visit to BOXPARK, a food court nestled in the centre of Wembley Park; here you can grab a few drinks, or try your hand at axe-throwing, or mini golf.
One of the underappreciated merits of Wembley is how it is a perfect blend of urban elements and green space. As Wembley continues to be developed, don’t be surprised to find even more gardens and trees sprouting up around you.
Currently under construction, Union Park will be 7-acres of grassy serenity, and is expected to be open to the public in 2024. In what was previously a carpark, Union Park will feature fountains, stepped ponds and dozens of trees, with members of Brent council citing how important green spaces are to residents’ mental health and wellbeing.
Until then, there are plenty of existing parks nearby that are ideal for picnics or dog-walks – not to mention the nearby Brent Reservoir, sought-out for sailing, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
What are the transport links like in Wembley?
Situated in Zone 4 in north west London, there are a whopping eight train stations in the wider Wembley area in total – here are the highlights:
Through Wembley Park Station you have access to the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. The Jubilee line is a link to useful stations such as Waterloo and London Bridge, and comes with the added benefit of the Night Tube on Friday and Saturday nights. Wembley Central provides a link to the Overground and Bakerloo lines, getting you to Charing Cross in just over half an hour with no changes necessary. Depending on where it is you need to go, it can take as little as 12 minutes to get into Central London – a commute not to be sniffed at.
For any trips further afield, Wembley Stadium Station operates via Chiltern Railways and can get you out to Birmingham in no time at all.
Renting in Wembley with UNCLE
Waiting for you in Wembley are a wide range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments – bring your family, bring your pets, and make sure you have a look at the roof terrace while you’re here. We certainly like the view.
If a remote viewing is more your style we can do that too, and we’ll make sure you don’t miss seeing the wellness lounge, or residents-only gym. See our Wembley apartments here, both furnished and unfurnished, and book your viewing today.