Wembley & Brent Ikea (c) Shutterstock user Julius Kielaitis
"The Ikea shopping trip is a ritual every urban dweller knows well. Though some might dread the occasion (just try lugging a Granås dining set home with you on the tube), with Zipvan Henrik, and our London shopping guide, you can forget about the public transportation worries and spend more time sampling those shockingly cheap plates of gravy-doused meatballs in between long stretches of browsing." Read on for our shopping guide to Wembley and Brent Cross.

"For true shopaholics, Ikea Wembley is conveniently located nearby to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, a destination for Londoners who come to peruse the racks at its 140 different clothing, accessories, beauty, and lifestyle boutiques. Luckily, your Zipvan will be expansive enough to stow away handfuls of shopping bags as well as flat-packed boxes of bookshelves and bed frames.
 
Sushi Say Google+ c/o Elisabeth Blanchet
 
Nothing works up an appetite quite like a few hours of high-intensity shopping. For a superior weekend lunch, motor over to the delectable Sushi Say (33B Walm Lane, London NW2 5SH, 020 8459 2971, https://plus.google.com/114966993708283846252), which is located just a quick drive down the A5 in Willesden Green. The restaurant’s pocket-sized dining room includes only a handful of tables and bar seating and is usually packed with locals. Despite its unassuming front door, the sushi restaurant serves some of the best nigiri and sashimi that London has to offer.
 
The Queensbury Facebook
 
For those seeking more traditional British fare, The Queensbury (110 Walm Lane, London NW2 4RS, 020 8452 0774, http://www.thequeensbury.co.uk), located just down the road in Willesden Green, provides an upscale pub-dining environment and exciting gastronomic menu. With a starter of golden beetroot two ways with infused pistachio goats cheese and pea shoots and a main of wild boar and apple sausages with parsley mash and onion jus, you’re sure to leave full and happy.
 
Gladstone Park (c) Flickr user SPakhrin
 
Walk off your lunch at Gladstone Park (Dolis Hill Lane, London NW2 6HT, 020 8937 1234, http://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/sport,-leisure-parks/park...), only a five-minute drive away. The 97-acre park is a London oasis, offering an art gallery, café, flower garden, duck pond, arboretum, and terraced garden. Regarded as one of the best green spaces in northwest London, the park’s greenery and fresh air provide ample opportunities for relaxation.
 
Fenton House Facebook
 
Though Wembley Stadium is the first thing that comes to many Londoners’ minds when asked to consider the area, there are many more attractions in northwest London beyond the football pilgrimage site. Fenton House (Hampstead Grove, London NW3 6SP, 020 7453 3471, http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house), a National Trust property located on the edge of Hampstead, is a 17th-century merchant’s house that captures the feel of the era. Boasting lush, flower-filled gardens and an impressive collection of Georgian furniture, needlework, and artworks, it provides a fascinating glimpse into history. A shopping trip to Ikea needn’t be a stressful affair.
 
With Zipcar, consider it only one part of a well-rounded day out. We can’t help you with the at-home assembly, though – that’s all on you."
 
What's your take on IKEA - shopper's heaven or hell? Any other tips for places to visit in Brent Cross?
 
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