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St Johns Wood – Area Guide

St John's Wood

One of London’s wealthiest and most upmarket neighbourhoods, St John’s Wood derives its name from the Knights of St John of Jerusalem who owned the land known as the Great Middlesex Forest from the mid-14th century until it was later seized by King Henry VIII.

Still a sprawling expanse of green space, this is a very much Bohemian enclave that has attracted artisans since the 19th century. American, Jewish and Middle Eastern communities are strongly represented and there is a host of places to eat, shop, socialise, worship and learn all supporting a vibrant multicultural population.

St John’s Wood offers an oasis of tranquillity away from the bustle of the Capital, with the benefit of excellent transport links in and out of the West End which is just two tube stops away, or if you are in the mood for it, a pleasant walk. The high street offers an energetic mix of boutique shopping and appealing places to eat and drink are aplenty. Little Venice is a charming canal-side gem, and nearby Primrose Hill lures the lover of fine views to its peak.

The St John’s Wood Society protects the community’s interests and, for those seeking a village feel combined with all the advantages of a prime London location, St John’s Wood really does offer something most exceptional.

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Property in St John’s Wood

Wide leafy streets punctuated by sweeping Victorian semi-detached and detached white stucco villas with substantial gardens are part of the tapestry of St John’s Wood. Houses like these around the areas of Carlton Hill or Clifton Hill command sale prices of several million pounds. Then there are the stately mansions of the 1920s which have been converted mainly into swish, modern apartments, sitting proudly alongside an eclectic mix of Art Deco and more contemporary styled luxury blocks that are typical of the highly renowned Abbey Road: a real magnet for those seeking high-end luxury accommodation.

Schools in St John's Wood

Residents of St John’s Wood tend mainly to take advantage of the area’s excellent private schools, although the state schools in this district also have a first-rate reputation. The American School in Waverley Place is unsurprisingly popular amongst the thriving US ex-pat community and there is ample choice for the remainder of the local population including the Gateway Primary School and the King Solomon Academy which were both judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Things to do and see in St John’s Wood

St John’s Wood has very much a relaxed vibe, despite its chic appearance. Boutiques and upmarket chains are the essence of the shopping scene, and café culture is second nature to the area’s inhabitants.

Eating and Drinking: There is certainly something to suit every possible taste in St John’s Wood when it comes to dining out and socialising. Unsurprisingly the multicultural community is well catered for with a varied range of options, from Lebanese and vegetarian fare at the Sahara Restaurant to the tempting steaks of The Rotisserie and the fine wines and even finer fish and seafood of Oslo Court, either adored or abhorred for its 1980s décor. On the subject of wine, if you do enjoy sampling a drop or two, The Winery in Little Venice is a good place to visit for its regular tastings and well-stocked cellars. If you prefer a more casual night out, The Duke of York will better suit your needs with its friendly bar and informal dining area.

Shopping: Independent supermarkets such as Panzer’s on Circus Road also form part of the fabric of St John’s Wood, and the Saturday farmers’ market in Bridgeman Street is the place to go for all your organic fresh produce. Head to Abbey Road on the junction with Boundary Road for more shops and places to stop for a spot of retail respite and a bite to eat.

Attractions and Amenities: Lord’s Cricket Ground, famous the world over, is situated just a few minutes walking distance, as are the celebrated Abbey Road Studios, Regent’s Park and London Zoo. Regent’s Park is a superb open space, punctuated by outstanding architecture, beautiful lakes and pristine formal gardens. The Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre hosts a revered summer programme of music and drama every year. You can also take a pleasant stroll along the charming canals of Little Venice, or make the climb to the top of Primrose Hill and breathe in the wondrous views of the City.

St John’s Wood Transport

St John’s Wood London Underground station is on the Jubilee Line offering direct links into Westminster, the O2 concert venue in Greenwich and Stratford for the Eurotunnel. South Hampstead station is also nearby and runs along the London Overground line. There are several bus routes serving the area, and by road you can take the A40 on to the M25 for Heathrow, or to the M40 for the north.

If you are interested in renting, buying or selling property in St John’s Wood, talk to the local experts at Excel Property Services. Based locally in Hampstead just a few minutes from St John’s Wood, and with more than 20 years of expertise and knowledge in the prime property areas of North London, we are very well placed to provide you with the advice you need to make the right choices.

Call us on 020 7691 9000, drop us a line at info@excel-property.co.uk or call into see us at 146 Finchley Road.

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