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St John's Wood

5/7 Wellington Place
St John's Wood
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 7586 2777
F: +44 207 483 8350
Opening Hours
Mon 8am to 7:30pm
Tue 8am to 7:30pm
Wed 8am to 7:30pm
Thu 8am to 7:30pm
Fri 8am to 6pm
Sat 10am to 4pm
Sun By appointment

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Living in St John's Wood

St John’s Wood lies within the City of Westminster in the north-west of London. Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest; the area was one of the first London suburbs to be developed from the early 19th century onwards, mainly with low density "villa" type housing.

It benefits from its proximity to Regent’s Park; the leafy area is largely free from tourist attractions, hotels and the general hustle and bustle of a city, making it attractive for families with children.

Full of eccentric architecture, St John’s Wood is the home of Lord's Cricket Ground, which itself is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The MCC library and museum are a popular attraction for visitors and hold the Ashes Urn and Wisden Trophy. It is a remarkable testament to the club that the home of cricket is still in use today, and visitors are able to tour the ground where it all started more than 200 years ago.

St John’s Wood is also famous for the Abbey Road Studio, a nineteenth century stately building where the Beatles recorded the Abbey Road album. Nearby is the world’s most famous zebra crossing where the Beatles album cover for their ‘Abbey Road’ album was shot. Just to the north east of St John's Wood lies Primrose Hill, a beautiful parkland area boasting fantastic views over London.

Having climbed the steep slopes and admired the panorama you can regain your strength in one of the many cosy cafés, restaurants or pubs nearby.

The high street has retained a vibrant district shopping centre and is home to a variety of fine restaurants, cafes and trendy boutiques, a high proportion being independent retailers.

St John’s Wood enjoys a secluded and tranquil atmosphere yet offers great transport links to central London and the M4, making it a very desirable residential district.

Places of interest

  • Lord’s Cricket Ground
  • Abbey Road Studios
  • Regent's Park
  • Primrose Hill
  • Central London Mosque

Local authorities

  • Westminster City Council
    P.O Box
    240 Westminster City Hall
    64 Victoria Street
    SW1E 6QP
    020 7641 2000
  • London Borough of Camden
    Camden Town Hall
    Judd Street
    WC1H 9JE
    020 7278 4444

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

Opulently Driven
Luxury Car Hire & London Chauffeur services
20 Hanover Square
0207 993 5848

Property available in St John’s Wood

St John’s Wood has a diverse range of properties available, whether you are looking for stylish, low-built villas and mansions with large gardens, apartment complexes with communal leisure facilities, bespoke, contemporary luxury houses, or un-modernised properties with huge development potential; Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.


St. John’s Wood was once part of the Great Forest of Middlesex, its name derived from its mediaeval owners, the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. After the Reformation and the Dissolution of monastic orders, St John’s Wood became Crown land, and Henry VIII established Royal Hunting Grounds in what became known as Marylebone Park, to the north of which lay St John’s Wood.

The area remained in agricultural use until the end of the eighteenth century, when plans for residential development first appeared. Building began in 1809 in Alpha Road, on the southern boundary of St John’s Wood. One of the first London suburbs to be developed, it was a unique pattern of development and mainly planned with a large amount of low density, semi-detached villas, abandoning the familiar terraced house.

Although many of the original houses and gardens disappeared during the twentieth century, through bomb damage and the building of new roads, railways and 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. It remains a highly desirable residential location, and one of the most expensive areas of London.

Getting to St John’s Wood


  • A40 – Access to the M4 for the West
  • A41 – Access to the M1 for the North


  • Marylebone Railway Station: London to Aylesbury line with routes to High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Bicester, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Birmingham (Snow Hill) and Kidderminster
  • Paddington


  • St John's Wood Underground (Jubilee Line, Zone 2)
  • Swiss Cottage Underground (Jubilee Line, Zone 2)


  • Heathrow Airport – 15 miles
  • Gatwick Airport - 30 miles


St John’s Wood has many excellent state and private schools, however it is best known for The American School in London.

  • Christ Church
    Bentinck CE Primary School
    Cosway Street
    NW1 5NS
    020 7641 4135
  • Gateway Primary School
    Capland Street
    NW8 8LN
    020 7641 4160
  • George Eliot Primary School
    Marlborough Hill
    NW8 ONH
    020 7722 2000
  • The Abercorn School
    28 Abercorn Place
    NW8 9XP
    020 7286 4785
  • Arnold House School
    1 Loudoun Road
    NW8 1LH
    020 7288 4840
  • The American School in London
    1 Waverly Place
    NW8 0NP
    020 7449 1200

Bars and restaurants


  • Fego Caffe 
    64 St John's Wood High Street
    NW8 7SH
    020 7722 5959
  • Oslo Court
    Modern European
    Oslo Court
    Prince Albert Road
    NW8 7EN
    020 7722 8795
  • Harry Morgans New York Deli
    31 St John's Wood
    High Street London
    NW8 7NH
    020 7722 1869


  • The Duke of York
    2A St Anns Terrace
    NW8 6PJ
    020 7722 1933
  • The Ordnance Arms
    29 Ordnance Hill
    NW8 6PS
    020 7722 0278

Hospitals and medical practices

  • The Wellington Health Centre
    16 Wellington Road
    St John's Wood
    NW8 9SP
    020 7722 3382
  • St John’s Wood Medical Practice
    22 St Anns Terrace
    St John’s Wood
    NW8 6PJ
    0844 477 8590
  • The Wellington Hospital
    8a Wellington Place
    NW8 9LE
  • Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth
    60 Grove End Road
    NW8 9NH
  • The Princess Grace Hospital
    42-52 Nottingham Place
    W1U 5NY
  • St Mary's Hospital
    Praed Street
    W2 1NY

Theatres and cinemas

Everyman Cinema
215 Sutherland Avenue
Maida Vale
W9 1RU