St John’s Wood Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in St John’s Wood
Start the week by slipping into tourist mode. No visit to St John’s Wood is complete without a visit to Abbey Road - arguably the most famous residential street in London. Take a selfie while on the iconic zebra crossing used by the Beatles, and admire the Abbey Road Studios where the Fab Four recorded later albums.
For a breath of fresh air in a tranquil setting, head to St John's Church Grounds, which includes a playground, formal gardens and wildlife. The gardens have been deemed a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation and it is the only local nature reserve in the City of Westminster. On your meander back home, get a little something in for lunch. Gail’s and The Bread Shop are St John’s Wood’s two artisan bakeries, scenting the air with that just-baked aroma.
In England, everything stops for tea, especially on Circus Road where the Richoux patisserie has been perfecting the art of baking since 1909. Their afternoon tea is legendary, so skip lunch and make room for decadent truffles, handmade macarons, rich opera cake and a slice of mirror framboise. If you can move after such a feast, be sure to pop into Panzer’s deli on the same road for luxury hampers, champagne and speciality foods.
If the little people in your life need entertaining, swing by 3 House Club on Bridgeman Street. This family club for parents, nannies, au pairs and children under eight, hosts a cafe, a creche and an after school club, as well as running a number of classes and educational courses. Look out for mini Mozart, French playgroup, and mother and baby yoga.
Ease yourself into the weekend with the sound of leather on willow. Lord’s Cricket Ground on St John’s Road hosts world-class test matches and has some excellent hospitality options too. Visitors can dine in one of four restaurants, drink in the Lord’s Tavern pub or book a Jamie Oliver gourmet hamper. There’s also the MCC Museum - home to the original ashes urn - and a stadium tour.
The weekend is here and if you’re stuck for something to wear, hop in a taxi and head for St John’s Wood High Street. It’s bursting with designer boutiques and independent stores, including Zadig and Voltaire, The Kooples, Larizia, Tara Jarmon and Bruno. With your outfit sourced you can take your seat at one of St John’s Wood’s respected restaurants, which include Crocker’s Folly, The New Inn, Oslo Court, Allora, the Poem Bar & Grill and Minsky’s at the Danubius Hotel.
After a busy Saturday slow the pace down with a browse around St John’s Wood’s galleries. The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum on Boundary Road houses the world's most distinguished body of work by artists of European Jewish descent, while the Cecilia Colman Gallery on St John’s Wood High Street specialises in handmade modern glass and ceramics.
St John’s Wood Need to know
- St John's Wood (NW8) is located in the City of Westminster at the north-west end of Regent's Park
- Adjacent neighbourhoods include Primrose Hill, Regent's Park and the West End
- Westminster City Council is responsible for the council tax charges in St John’s Wood
- In the 1960s, most of NW8 was designated a Conservation Area and many of the houses for sale in St John’s Wood are listed by English Heritage.
- The historic trees in the area are protected by the St John's Society.
- The area is truly multi-faith, with St John’s Wood Synagogue and Regent’s Park Mosque on the doorstep
- St John's Wood is a Tube stop on the Jubilee line (Zone 2)
- The nearest National Rail services are available from Paddington and Marylebone
St John's Wood is held in high regard when it comes to education. Private schools in St John’s Wood include Francis Holland, St Christina’s School, Arnold House and the internationally-renowned American School in Waverley Place. Gateway Primary School in Capland Street and George Eliot on Marlborough Hill have both received ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports. Nearby King Solomon Academy provides education for those aged 3 to 18 years, while Quintin Kynaston in Marlborough Hill and St George’s RC in Maida Vale offer secondary facilities.
St. John's Wood was part of the Great Forest of Middlesex during the medieval period, with the land belonging to the Knights of the Order of St. John Jerusalem - thus giving the area its name. St John’s Wood later became part of Henry VIII’s vast hunting ground. Many of the area’s trees were felled during the reign of Mary Tudor and Cromwell’s Protectorate but it wasn’t until the 18th century that the vision for a residential St John’s Wood was developed. The land was owned in part by the Portland Estate, the Eyre family and John Lyson, who oversaw the house building process. For the first time semi detached villas were built instead of traditional terraces and the Italianate villas, Cottages Ornés and Victorian Gothic pairs remain some of the most sought-after properties for sale in St John’s Wood.