Just across the footbridge is Neasden Shopping Centre, where you can shop in the competitive independent retail outlets or Tesco Express and Iceland.
You can do your banking there and use the Post Office. The variety of shops includes an ironmonger, a phone shop, estate agents, pharmacies and hairdressers. There are takeaway restaurants, pubs and bars.
About a mile away is Willesden – the shops there stretch from Dollis Hill station to Willesden Green station. The variety of shopping ranges from fine sandwich shops and bakers, like Edwards, to Slocombes, the family-run motorbike shop that has been in the area since the sixties, Sainsbury’s and a huge range of independent grocers. A couple of miles along the North Circular Road is the Brent Cross Shopping Centre and the Welsh Harp, an open space has been carefully developed to allow access for the enjoyment of the Local Nature Reserve and is well used by local residents and visitors alike. One mile in the other direction brings you to Ikea – handy during the week, but the traffic can get a bit much at weekends when there is a sale on.
Similarly, a match at the nearby Wembley Stadium can generate a lot of traffic – and the newly opened London Designer Outlet which brings many more people to Wembley. Just under one mile along Dollis Hill Lane is the undulating Gladstone Park (holder of a Green Flag award). Sadly, Dollis Hill House (where Gladstone himself stayed) is no longer with us but you can wander through the walled garden, stroll through the floor plan, sit by the duck pond or take a walk through the wildlife area. There is a great view across London. The park also boasts some interesting sculptures and in a quiet area, not far from the northern car park, is a holocaust memorial.
The Park slopes down to the railway line and footbridges for access to flatter grass areas, used at weekends by various sports teams. The park is excellent for jogging and, every Saturday, it hosts a 5km Parkrun. You can also book tennis courts (but they get booked up quite heavily in June each year).
Close to Gladstone Park – at the top of Brook Road, is the entrance to Churchill’s wartime bunker – codename Paddock. It is not signposted and you can only get inside one day a year when “Open City” volunteers will show you around. It is quite large – they planned for 150 people to work there on two floors 40 feet below ground – but it is now derelict and very damp. Worth seeing for the ancient machinery like the elaborate air conditioning system.
When you emerge, look South west behind the bunker entrance at the building (now flats) that once housed the Dollis Hill GPO Research Station where the first computers, built to crack the German Enigma code during WWII – were developed by Tommy Flowers. Nearby, Flowers Close is named in his memory.
Finally the world famous Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena are only a few miles (2.86) from the Grange.