St Johns Wood Area Guide
Just two and a half miles north west of Charing Cross within the City of Westminster, St John’s Wood is a short journey away from the hustle and bustle of central London while retaining a distinctly relaxed village feel. Just a couple of stops from Bond Street and with the sprawling 410 acres of Regent’s Park at its doorstep, the area enjoys an impeccable balance. Former hunting grounds of Henry VIII after it was seized from the Knights of the Order of St John during the dissolution of the monasteries, the area was developed in the mid-19th century, becoming the first London construction initiative to move away from terraced housing towards semi-detached villas along spacious, foliage heavy streets. There are also some early Victorian terraces, a variety of Regency and large detached houses as well as splendid modern Blocks.
The area is home to some notable sites including the Lord’s cricket ground which last year celebrated the 200th anniversary of its arrival in St John’s Wood. Abbey Road and its studios, made world famous by The Beatles with their 1969 album Abbey Road featuring the quartet striding across the street on its sleeve, lies close by drawing fans from all over the world to the area. Sit and people-watch the visitors in the Beatles Coffee Shop enjoying fresh sandwiches or bask in a summer evening on the terrace of The Summerhouse along the Little Venice canal sampling its delectable seafood menu. Salivate over the renowned patisserie selection and afternoon tea at Richoux or gorge on a New York Dekli brunch at the popular Harry Morgan. Along with its various delis, restaurants and cafes, St. John’s Wood offers a wealth of boutique shopping such as Zadig et Voltaire, an alluring spot for fashionistas, or Baker and Spice which boasts arguably the best baked goods in the capital. With Hampstead to the north and the shopping haven of the West End to the south, residents are spoiled for any material needs.
The area maintains a good level of diversity with thriving Jewish, American, French and Middle Eastern communities attracted to the various international schools. The variety of state and private schools in the surrounding areas combined with excellent transport links make St. Johns Wood ideal for families as well as professionals of all ages.