Why St John’s Wood – (NW8)

Best known for being home to Lord’s Cricket Ground, often referred to as the Home of Cricket, St John’s Wood is also one of London’s most desirable and sophisticated residential areas.

Right on the doorstep of Regent’s Park and exclusive mini village Primrose Hill, St John’s Wood is blessed with easy access to some of the capital’s best-loved green space.

It also has plenty to recommend it in its own right. It’s not only the home to the oldest cricket ground in the world, it also plays host to Abbey Road Studios – an iconic recording studio synonymous with The Beatles and responsible for records made by artists such as Cliff Richard, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Shirley Bassey, Ed Sheeran and Adele.

If that wasn’t enough, it also has a delightful high street full to the brim with smart boutiques, trendy delis, independent restaurants and quirky coffee shops.

There are a number of excellent pubs around here, too – from The Elgin close to Maida Vale station to The Duke of York on the high street. The Ordnance Arms and gastropub The New Inn (just off the Regent’s Canal) are also highly recommended.

Regent’s Canal offers great walking, cycling and running opportunities at any time of the year, and can lead you into Little Venice – an oasis of calm and beauty close to Paddington station. ZSL London Zoo and Madame Tussauds are also close by and make for perfect weekend days out.

Thanks to its ideal location, the area is very popular among young professionals and families keen for the quiet London life. It’s also a very diverse, multi-cultural place, home to synagogues, churches and mosques, as well as ‘The American School in London’.

A conservation area since the 1960s, with many of its homes protected by English Heritage, this has helped St John’s Wood to preserve its village-style ambience and keep excessive development largely at bay. Many of the homes here are listed and have kept their original facades, with a good mixture of Georgian, neo-Georgian and Victorian housing stock.

Detached villas, modern penthouse apartments, converted mansion flats and grand townhouses are most common, but studio flats and one-bedroom apartments are also on offer. Property here is generally quite costly, but there are affordable gems for those who do a bit of digging.

Our directors say…

Famous the world over for being the home of cricket, St John’s Wood has far more going for it than just a close connection to that grand old sport – it’s also got quiet, tree-lined streets, great local amenities, proximity to beautiful green space and superb pubs .”

The travel breakdown

St John’s Wood acts as the perfect link between west and north west London, with Paddington, Baker Street, Kilburn, South Hampstead and Edgware Road all a short walk or cycle away. It also has its own Tube station on the Jubilee Line, meaning Bond Street can be reached in just four minutes, Waterloo in 10 minutes and Canary Wharf in around 20 minutes.

Maida Vale (Bakerloo Line), Kilburn Park (Bakerloo Line), Kilburn High Road (Overground) and South Hampstead (Overground) are also within walking distance. Boris bikes, taxis and buses provide other ways of getting to and from the surrounding areas.

Three things you must do in St John’s Wood:

Cross The Abbey Road zebra crossing, a Grade II listed crossing made famous after appearing on a Beatles album cover. It’s now a haven for selfie opportunities and fans recreating the iconic shot.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Ivy St John’s Wood, an all-day casual dining venue set in opulent, stylish surroundings.

Be at one with nature in Violet Hill Gardens, a small, traditional garden with beautiful flower borders, a playground and lovely open green space.

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