Stanmore is located in the north west of Greater London in the Harrow district, just a stone’s throw from Edgware. Right out on the edge of London in Middlesex county, Stanmore has become a really attractive place for commuters to live as it’s only an hour’s drive to the centre of London, or a mere 40 minutes via the London Underground. As well as its convenient location it also has a lot of lush green urban surroundings, such as London’s highest point, Stanmore Hill, complete with an amazing semi-panoramic view of London.
Stanmore was a crucial command centre for the RAF (Royal Air Force) during the first and second world wars. The Bentley Priory station was used as the HQ centre and the exquisite Bentley Priory mansion was also used for accommodation. There’s an interesting connection to the royal family too, as Queen Adelaide resided in the mansion in the mid-1830s. It’s really worth checking out the Bentley Priory Museum there to find out more about how the crucial battle of Britain was fought and won. It’s a great place for kids, highly educational for everyone and there are even options to dress up in WWII civilian clothing. The coolest thing of all is that you can actually experience sitting in the cockpit of a real Spitfire!
Unbelievably, there’s a little piece of punk rock history connected with Stanmore: Billy Idol was born there before moving to America. He gained the nickname ‘Idol’ from his school chemistry teacher, but little did she know that he’d become such a distinctive singer with such recognizable songs as ‘white wedding.’
The centre of Stanmore has several lovely friendly cafes and local pubs. It only has a population of 11,000, meaning it doesn’t have much of a buzzing city feel. Still, it has the multiculturalism so characteristic of London, including large Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities. The Synagogue in Stanmore boasts the 2nd largest membership in the UK and there are many other large religious institutes including churches, mosques and temples in the area, as well as restaurants with their local traditional cuisines.
Stanmore Golf Club was first opened in 1893 and has gained a brilliant reputation in the golfing world. As well as having an extremely peaceful setting, it has been reviewed as being quite a challenge, even for experienced golfers, with a very open and friendly atmosphere towards outsiders. On the subject of the well to do, Stanmore is also the location of one of the most prestigious public schools for girls. First founded in 1850, the North London Collegiate School is a place for the future elite, with tuition fees of around £20,000 a year.
Stanmore country park is a place of magnificent beauty and tranquillity, a hidden gem not far from the centre of Stanmore. The best time to visit is in April when you’ll be able to see the seas of bluebells flowering in the forests. It’s almost empty during the winter months and is the perfect getaway from the chaos and stress that one can often experience in London. It doesn’t cost anything to enter and you’re guaranteed to leave the place a lot calmer than when you entered.
Please read on for a full list of free and paid parking options in Stanmore. We’ve found all of the best options for you, including free residential street parking as close as 0.6miles from the centre, which is really decent for Greater London.
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Free and Paid Parking in Stanmore
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Free, unrestricted residential street parking
Using free unrestricted residential street parking in any town or city you’re in can seriously help to economise your overall financial situation. There’s nothing dodgy about it as long as you follow the parking rules and general etiquette. Although a lot of it may seem like common sense, you should be as kind to the neighbours as possible. Make sure you leave lots of space between cars, never park on corners and keep your car stereo and conversations to the absolute minimum, especially at night. Don’t give them any reasons for them to resent you and everything will be fine.
Remember to use your initiative – if a street doesn’t feel right, or you don’t understand one of the signs you should ask someone local or find a different spot. We are ultra thorough with our research but you should double check for any new parking restrictions that may have been introduced.
The following lists give you some great parking options from the east, south and west of Stanmore, including the distances from Stanmore train station.
If you are planning on driving in from Edgware from the east, or from the M1, then there are 3 handy free residential street parking options available. You can either walk past the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue or have a little detour to the extremely well kept Stonegrove Park. There’s a well designed little kids play area and a nice open space, great for any kind of ball games. You’ll pass a Mcdonald’s on the corner as you make your way to the train station, just in case you’re feeling peckish!
- Jesmond Way HA7 4QR – 0.6 miles
- Dalkeith Grove HA7 4SF – 0.6 miles
- Stonegrove Gardens HA8 7TF – 1.0 miles
If you’re driving up from Wemmbley or Harrow in the south there are more good free parking options listed below. You’ll walk past the Stanmore Baptist Church on your way to the train station in the centre. If you’re in the mood for a proper stretch after a long drive, why not consider a yoga class at Me Love Yoga! It’s a super small but extremely cute yoga studio at the bottom of a garden. You’ll pass by Bernays Gardens, yet another fine example of a classic English park, kept up to extra high standards all year round with a superb view of the Saint John the Evangelist Church, which dates back to 1632.
- Golf Close HA7 2PP – 1.2 miles
- Peters Close HA7 4SB – 0.6 miles
- Talman Grove HA7 4UQ – 0.7 miles
- Bromfield HA7 1AL – 1.1 miles
- Wychwood Avenue HA8 6TG – 0.6 miles
- Lansdowne Road HA7 2RZ – 0.9 miles
Will you be heading in from Watford or Rickmansworth? We’ve got you covered with the following 4 free residential street parking options. If you’re coming in from the west, you may as well drop past the Bentley Priory Museum and its outstanding surrounding parkland. Again, you’ll pass Saint John the Evangelist Church of England with its ruined old church remains as well as its current church. If you have kids we highly recommend dropping in to the RoboThink Discovery Center. It’s an interactive educational centre designed to teach about the future of robotics. Kids just love it there, check out the reviews!
- Gordon Avenue HA7 3QH – 1.2 miles
- Robb Road HA7 3SR – 1.0 miles
- Old Lodge Way HA7 3LE – 0.8 miles
- Culverlands Close HA7 3AF – 0.9 miles
Free after 4 p.m. / Overnight / Weekends
The following locations are all free after 4 p.m., overnight and at the weekends, but make sure you leave before the traffic wardens arrive in the morning to avoid penalties.
- Hardwick Close HA7 4HL – 0.4 miles
- Dene Gardens HA7 4TA – 0.4 miles
- Sandymount Avenue HA7 4TY – 0.3 miles
- Elm Park HA7 4BJ – 0.5 miles
Free after 6:30 p.m. / Overnight / Sundays
These locations are all free after 6:30pm, overnight stays as well as on Sundays, but make sure you leave in the morning exactly on time before any parking enforcement officers give you tickets.
- Stanmore Hill HA7 3DZ – 0.7 miles
- Coverdale Close HA7 3DQ – 0.5 miles
- Merrion Avenue HA7 4BS – 0.2 miles
Cheapest Paid Car Parks
The following list includes all car parks for those of us who aren’t fussed about paying.
- Stanmore Station Car Park HA7 4DP – £6.00 flat rate for 24h. No hourly rate
- Canons Park Station Car Park HA8 6RL – £6.00 flat rate for 24h. No hourly rate
- Belmont Circle Car Park HA3 8RD – £0.60 for 2 hours
- Kingshill Drive Car Park HA3 8QS – £0.40 for 2 hours
Free short-term parking (2h or less)
If you are only having a flying visit to Stanmore the following commercial car parks could be another decent option for you. All you have to do is to leave before your 2 hours are up and there won’t be any problems. Don’t forget – these places have cameras.
- Sainsbury’s HA7 4DF
- Lidl HA7 4DU