St Johns Wood Area Guide

Brief history to St John's Wood

St John's Wood is an exclusive, green and spacious area within Central and West London. It once belonged to the Great Middlesex Forrest and was part of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem's estate. The estate didn't last long in the hands of the church and was seized by Henry VIII during the dissolution period.

Bought from the crown by the Eyre family in 1732 they laid down plans to transform the area into grand crescents and formal squares, inspired by those in Bath. However development in the area didn't really start till the 1840's. The Eyre family did manage to gain enormous architectural recognition once the building got underway. Having steered away from the terraced streets and neat garden squares found in the city, they designed and developed the semi-detached villa.

During the 19th century it became the trendiest place in the city to live for both artists and authors. This bohemian history can still be felt in the atmosphere today; thriving Jewish, Middle Eastern and American communities give this lively and vibrant area its own unique and diverse vibe. St John's Wood has been ranked as the fifth most expensive area in London in which to live.

Types of Property in St John's Wood

This quiet and beautiful area offers a range of incredible property types such as large Italianate villas, cottages and neo-gothic houses. Some of the old villas' gardens have been sold off for further redevelopment and you will now find contemporary architectural styles living harmoniously alongside the more traditional period properties.

There are smaller terraced streets in the area perfect for young families and house share potentials. St John's Wood is home to pretty mews houses and a wealth of Regency style properties. New build contemporary developments can be found at Embassy Court and the Pavilion Apartments.

Average rental prices

This part of Central and West London is one of absolute beauty and this is reflective in the cost of renting. For a studio apartment you would expect to pay in the region of £215.50 per week. A one bedroom property you would expect to pay in the region of £494.00 per week and a two bedroom £852.25 per week.

Council Tax Banding in the area ranges from A – £453.83 to H – £1,361.48. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in St John's Wood

St John's Wood attracts residents from continental Europe and North America, the American School is also located here and is reflective of the international influence within the area. It is home to professionals and intellectuals and due to the selection of excellent schools, St John's Wood has become the ideal place for families.

The area is vastly popular with celebrities and there are many living within this peaceful corner of Central and West London. Contemporary music artist Lily Allen, Belgium Royal Family member Princess Maria-Esmeralda and super model Kate Moss all reside in St John's Wood.

What to do in St John's Wood

St John's Wood is home to some incredible attractions, entertainment, green spaces, fine dining and shopping arenas. The world famous Lord's Cricket ground resides in this exclusive area as does. The legendary Abbey Road Studios, where tourists can be found in abundance taking photos of where the iconic Beatles took their album cover shot.

Regent's Park is most certainly one of the most beautiful open spaces in our capital. Stunning architecture and awe-inspiring properties surround the perimeter. Once inside you'll find it home to the Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre, which during the summer season presents a vibrant listing of plays and musicals.

London Zoo is situated also in Regent's Park, it's a fun and enlightening day out for all of the family and you can quite forget you're in the midst of London. Along the high street you will find the perfect blend of independent boutiques, coffee shops, delicatessens and green grocers.

For lazy weekend hangouts brunch at the Fego Caffe Restaurant is extremely popular with the locals. The Duke of York offers a comfortable and traditional pub style experience with fantastic burger and steak nights and the cities best Sunday lunch. The Lords Tavern is renowned for its friendly atmosphere; it's a place where you will find locals and cricket fans rubbing shoulders over real ale.

Transport

Perfectly located, there are excellent public transport links to and from St John's Wood. There are underground stations in the village and at South Hampstead and Maida Vale. National Railway stations can be found at Paddington, Marylebone and Euston.

There are excellent bus links in and out of St John's Wood.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

There is an excellent choice of schools in Central and West London at primary level education the Barrow Hill Junior School has a good Ofsted Report. The American School in London received Outstanding in their Ofsted Report at both primary and secondary levels. The Quintin Kynaston Academy is another great secondary college in St John's Wood.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.