St Johns Wood Area Guide

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On the North West side of Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood is one of the most affluent areas of London.  Once owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and then Crown Land for many years after Henry VIII established Royal Hunting Grounds in the area, St John’s Wood is steeped in history.
Nowadays, it is a thriving area with a cosmopolitan environment, local independent and friendly shops, and popular restaurants.  St John’s Wood is in Westminster, and is surrounded on each side by Primrose Hill, Regents’ Park, Maida Vale and Little Venice, and The West End.

Famous not only for its celebrity residents, but also for its local landmarks, you will often find tourists visiting the famous Abbey Road Studios, and crossing the iconic ‘Beatles’ zebra crossing.  Other local sites include, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Regent’s Park, and multi faith religious places of worship, including the London Central Mosque and The New London Synagogue.

There are a vast number of extremely well received private and state schools in St John’s Wood and the local area.  With some of the schools receiving ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and some of the finest private schools in London, students come from far and wide to attend.  International students enter the area each year to join the increasingly popular American School London on Waverly Place.
St John’s Wood is on the Jubilee Line in Zone 2.  With a strong network of bus routes and the Jubilee Line, heading both in and out of London, you can be at Bond Street in under 10 minutes and at Canary Wharf within half an hour.

Property in St John’s Wood is unique in London and full of character.  Renowned architectural historian, Sir John Summerson wrote: “It was the first part of London, and indeed of any other town, to abandon the terrace house for the semi-detached villa – a revolution of striking significance and far-reaching effect”. Italianate villas, Cottages Ornés and Victorian Gothic pairs, surrounded by large gardens and tree-lined avenues, have, over the years, attracted many who valued the charm of living in rural calm so close to the city.  Although many of the original houses and gardens disappeared during the twentieth century, through bomb damage and the building of new roads, railways, blocks of flats, hospitals, schools, much of the original character of the area remains. In the 1960s, most of St John’s Wood was designated a Conservation Area and its houses listed by English Heritage.

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St Johns Wood Local Features

Key Area Facts

• Leafy Suburb
• Family Friendly
• Good Local Schools
• Borough of Westminster
• Close to Regents Park
• Local Shops and Restaurants
• Underground Station - Jubilee
• Abbey Road Studios
• Lords Cricket Grounds
• Multiple Religious Places of Worship