St. John's Wood

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While some London areas are a disappointment to their romantic names, St John’s Wood surpasses all expectations. As one of London’s first designed suburbs in the nineteenth century, the area has been deliberately constructed to offer residents a luxury sanctuary away from the fast pace of Central London. The city has sprawled outwards since then, but St John’s Wood boundaries remain relatively protected. An area which was once miles from hubbub is conveniently located between Regents Park, Primrose Hill and Maida Vale.

Not that this growth has affected the village ambience of St John’s Wood; the rural calm from the days of Great Middlesex forest still remains today. The name comes from the Medieval owners of the land, the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Following the dissolution of the monasteries it became crown land and was used for agricultural purposes until the Eyre family began to develop the area as a residential suburb in the nineteenth century. They envisioned a highly desirable area of low-density housing where Londoners could escape to, and the area became more popular than they’d ever imagined.

Although St John’s Wood is still predominantly residential, it now has its own commercial centre full of boutique shops and high-end restaurants enjoyed by affluent locals, including leading figures in creative and commercial industries - Sir Richard Branson, Lucien Freud, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Idle and Elisabeth Murdoch. The area also has its place in literature, as home to characters in PG Wodehouse’s ‘Jeeves and Wooster’, Wilkie Collins ‘The Woman in White’ and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’.

Architecture in St Johns Wood

As St John’s Wood was designed as a residential suburb, the architecture here is particularly consistent. Most properties are detached villas with large gardens in either the Italianate style, Cottage Ornée or Victorian Gothic style, and are arranged along charming tree-lined avenues. Most of St John’s Wood is a protected conservation area, with many English Heritage homes, making approval for new developments difficult.

A rare few developments have been approved in recent years, all of which have are contemporary, tasteful and blend in neighbourhood architecture.

What makes St Johns Wood so special?

Often described as ‘arcadian’, this charming area has developed its own distinct identity and community, alongside it’s equally affluent community in Primrose Hill.

Popular with families for the seclusion and excellent choice of independent schools, St John’s Wood also enjoys special military connections with the former Royal Horse Artillery at St John’s Wood Barracks, and the British home of cricket at Lords Cricket Ground.

St Johns Wood property types

St John’s Wood is largely desirable, but the best roads for beautiful detached properties are Hamilton Terrace, Carlton Hill, Cavendish Avenue and Avenue Road. The most elite luxury penthouses can be found in the St Edmund’s Terrace development, the Art-Deco Stockleigh Hall, Pavilion Apartments and Park St James.

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Schools in St Johns Wood

A selection of the best schools in North London are located in St John’s Wood and surrounding areas, giving residents access to numerous outstanding educational establishments in the private sector. Francis Holland School, University College School and Abercorn House are particularly well-respected, while the American School is a popular option for expats or those seeking an alternative curriculum to the current British system.

The American School
1 Waverley Place, London NW8 0NP 020 7449 1200 www.asl.org
Arnold House
1 Loudoun Road, St. John's Wood, London, NW8 0LH 020 7266 4840 www.arnoldhouse.co.uk
Abercorn House
28 Abercorn Place, London NW8 9XP 020 7286 4785 www.abercornschool.com
St Christina’s School
25 Saint Edmund's Terrace, London NW8 7PY 020 7722 8784 www.saintchristinas.org.uk
St John’s Wood Pre-Prep
St. John's Hall, Lord's Roundabout, London NW8 7NE 020 7722 7149 www.stjohnswoodprep.org.uk
Francis Holland School
Clarence Gate, Ivor Place, London NW1 6XR 020 7723 0176 www.fhs-nw1.org.uk
Gower House School
Blackbird Hill, London, Kingsbury NW9 8RR 020 8205 2509 www.gowerhouseschool.co.uk
North Bridge House Senior School
65 Rosslyn Hill, London NW3 5UD 020 7267 6266 www.northbridgehouse.com
St Margaret’s School
18 Kidderpore Gardens, London NW3 7SR 020 7435 2439 www.st-margarets.co.uk
Lyndhurst House School
24 Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5NW 020 7435 4936 www.lyndhursthouse.co.uk
University College School
11 Holly Hill, London NW3 6QN 020 7435 3068 www.ucs.org.uk

Things to do in St John’s Wood

St John’s Wood is famously home to Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios, both of which attract huge numbers of cricket and music fans every year, but this sought-after area has much more to offer than just sports and Beatles memorabilia.

A number of high-end restaurants have opened here in the last few decades, with Richoux, Oslo Court, Harry Morgan’s and The Summerhouse particularly favoured by discerning locals. St John’s Wood Church Gardens are a popular spot for a stroll on a summer’s day as is riding at the nearby Riding School in Finchley, while the amenities of Regent’s Park, including London Zoo and the Open Air Theatre, can be found just a short distance away.

Lord’s Cricket Ground
Saint John's Wood Road, London NW8 8QN 020 7616 8500 www.lords.org
Abbey Road Studios
3 Abbey Road, London NW8 9AY 020 7266 7000 www.abbeyroad.com
Oslo Court Restaurant
Oslo Court, Charlbert Street, London NW8 7EN 020 7722 8795
Harry Morgans
29-31 Saint John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7NH 020 7722 1869 www.harryms.co.uk
Everyman Cinema
5 Holly Bush Vale, London NW3 6TX 0871 906 9060 www.everymancinema.com
Riding School
Lullington Garth, Woodside Park, Finchley, London N12 7BP 020 8349 1345 www.londonridingschool.com
St Johns Wood Church Gardens
Lord’s Roundabout, London NW8 7NE 020 7586 3864
3 Circus Road, London NW8 6NX 020 7483 4001 www.richouxstjohnswood.com
Pavilion Lounge Bar
18 Lodge Road, St John's Wood, Wellington Road, London NW8 7JT 020 7722 7722 www.danubiushotels.com
The Summerhouse
Blomfield Road, London W9 2PA 020 7286 6752 www.thesummerhouse.co

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Shopping in St Johns Wood

The shops in St John’s Wood have been carefully curated to reflect the needs of the residents, leading to a number of chic fashion boutiques such as Whistles, Joseph Zadig et Voltaire and Comptoir et Cotonniers, as well as independent delicatessens and specialist food stores. Panzers, on Circus Road, is a renowned among gourmands for selling hard to find international foods and rare ingredients, while the St John’s Wood branch of Gail’s Bakery is the prime place to purchase fresh bread and baked goods.

Meanwhile, unusual, creative furnishings and homewares can be found at James Worrall Antiques and Cecilia Colman Gallery, fresh flowers at Melissa Riva Flowers and there’s even a weekly Farmers Market for organic produce and homemade goods.

13 - 19 Circus Road, London NW8 6PB 020 7722 8596 www.panzers.co.uk
51 Saint John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7NJ 020 7586 8282 www.whistles.com
Space NK
Saint John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7NL 020 7586 0607 www.uk.spacenk.com
Gail’s Bakery
5 Circus Road, London NW8 6NX 020 7722 0983 www.gailsbread.co.uk
21 St John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7NG 020 7722 5883 www.joseph-fashion.com
Comptoir des Cotonniers
9 Saint John's Wood High Street, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7NG 020 7586 9189
Zadig et Voltaire
94 Saint John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7SH 020 7586 8633 www.zadig-et-voltaire.com
Baker and Spice
20 Clifton Rd, London W9 1ST 020 7289 2499
James Worrall Antiques
2 Church Street, St. John's Wood, London NW8 8ED 020 7563 7181 www.jamesworrall.com
Cecilia Colman Gallery
67 Saint John's Wood High Street, London NW8 7NL 020 7722 0686 www.ceciliacolemangallery.com
Melissa Riva Flowers
83- 85, Saint John's Wood, London NW8 7AS 020 7586 6996 www.melissariva.co.uk

Local services and authorities

London Borough of Camden
Camden Town Hall Judd Street London WC1H 9JE 020 7278 4444 www.camden.gov.uk
The Princess Grace Hospital
42-52 Nottingham Place London W1U 5NY 020 7486 1234 www.theprincessgracehospital.com
The Wellington Hospital
8a Wellington Place London NW8 9LE 020 7586 5959 www.thewellingtonhospital.com
St John’s Wood Medical Practice
22 St Anns Terrace St John’s Wood NW8 6PJ 0844 477 8590 www.stjohnswood.nhs.uk
The Wellington Health Centre
16 Wellington Road St John's Wood NW8 9SP 020 7722 3382
Westminster City Council
P.O Box 240 Westminster City Hall 64 Victoria Street London SW1E 6QP 020 7641 2000 www.westminster.gov.uk

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