Why I live in Queen’s Park: chef Thomasina Miers on this north-west London neighbourhood’s thriving foodie scene

It was an accident that we moved to the area. I grew up in Shepherd’s Bush and Acton, but after being gazumped twice in Shepherd’s Bush, we found our first home at Kensal Rise. We have never been far from here. For a decade, we have lived in the vicinity of Queen’s Park and Kensal. It’s a lively, friendly area with great energy. There are two beautiful cemeteries and a canal. It is a great place to enjoy the food, the farmers market, and the greenery. You can also easily get into central London via the Overground to visit galleries, theatres, restaurants, and other attractions. Milk Beach is a great place to eat and drink. It’s a great all-day restaurant with Aussie-inspired food. Carmel has also recently opened. Wolfpack is also always buzzing. Jesse Dunford Wood has done great work at Parlour.Milk Beach at Lonsdale Road/ Adrian LourieWhere do I exercise? I cycle all over London to keep fit, but there’s also a great swimming area at The Maqam Centre nearby and many keep fit groups in the park. Absolute Studios, a pilates studio, has been opened by a friend on College Road. Absolute Studios, a pilates studio, has just been opened by a friend on College Road. It is a beautiful spot with trees and long grass. One day, I hope they will allow dogs to use the area in the mornings when there aren’t any golfers around. There is a large open space with trees where you can watch the sun rise and let your dogs run. It was equipped with every type possible of bread flour, biscuits, yoghurts, tea, baking ingredients, and pulse. The corner of Liddell Gardens is L’Angolo Delicatessen, which sources great Italian produce. There’s also a Planet Organic for nuts or seeds. Brooks, a great butcher on Chamberlayne Road, sources amazing produce and line-caught seafood. Here you will find everything you need to cook and test recipes. We just need a good cheese shop. It’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee and meet producers who care about the environment. Because food production accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is important to consider how you shop. I love that my weekly market shopping helps support farmers who are better at farming. I walk, scoot and cycle, and also run. It’s easy to get from one place to another. It’s not often that we use the car, except to buy a lot of bits and pieces or go to the local garden centre. Sadiq Khan, can we please build a tunnel? It’d be genius.In three wordsFoodie, creative, collaborative.Thomasina Miers OBE has just launched her first online cookery course, How to Streamline Your Cooking: Building Blocks of Flavour (createacademy.com)