In the reception foyer are two chandeliers which are larger replicas of those at Buckingham Palace. The State is now a bingo hall but due to having the largest working Wurlitzer Organ in the UK they occasionally host Wurlitzer concerts.
103 foot high landmark tower, lit up in neon red at night. The State has hosted The Beatles and Louis Armstrong to name just a couple of many.
First known as the Kilburn National Ballroom, then Kilburn National Club, and later The National, has hosted literally hundred of artists from The Smiths in the 1980′s to Nirvana. There was a music TV programme broadcast live from The National in the ’80s. The place has since been closed down, and is going to become a new venue.
The Tricycle Theatre was founded in 1980, and was refurbished in the same decade after a fire. The Triangle has become one of London’s most popular theatres. It houses work shops, recording studios, and a café bar.
Kilburn is one of the best served communities in Greater London for public transport. There are two tube stations on the High Road which are both in zone 2; Kilburn Station and Kilburn Park Station. Kilburn is also served by London’s over ground rail network. Kilburn High Road station is two stops from London Euston. There are also many bus routes which pass through Kilburn.
If you are travelling by car, then Kilburn High Road is one of the main arterial roads out of London, going north towards Junction 1 of the M1.
Plenty of famous people have inhabited Kilburn over the years: Dusty Springfield, AA Milne, Evelyn Waugh, Joan and Jackie Collins, and Dirk Bogarde. Ian Dury lived in Kilburn and six years before he hit the UK charts with “hit me with your Rhythm Stick” his band was known and “Kilburn and the High Roads”.
The Black Lion Hotel and Guest House is actually located on the Kilburn High Road and can be recommended as a great place to stay. Rooms were recently refurbished and boast wireless internet connectivity, free view TV, en-suite bathrooms, full central heating and excellent top quality fresh food – typically with a Mediterranean influence at the restaurant and gastro pub.