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Of all the prime London districts, St John’s Wood is perhaps the greenest and most spacious. In the 19th century it was the haunt of artists and authors; today, that bohemian heritage mixes with the area’s thriving strong Jewish, Middle Eastern and American communities to create a vibrant atmosphere and a lively social scene, with numerous specialist shops and restaurants.
Property in St John's Wood
Developed from the early 19th century, St John’s Wood is characterised by low-density housing in large gardens and tree-lined avenues, with numerous Italianate villas, cottages ornés and neo-Gothic houses. This classic housing stock has been augmented in recent decades with some ultra-prime properties built in the most contemporary styles.
Regent’s Park boasts some of the finest residential property in London: the famous Regency terraces and villas designed by John Nash and Decimus Burton are among the world’s most coveted properties.
St John’s Wood has plenty of smaller houses, ranging from mews to compact terrace properties, and numerous spacious purpose-built apartments. Little Venice is noted for its quaint atmosphere and cottagey waterside properties.
For mansions and grand houses, look in Avenue Road, Norfolk Road and Queen’s Grove, St John’s Wood; and Wadham Gardens, Primrose Hill.
For prime Regency architecture, try Chester Terrace and Cumberland Terrace.
For detached and semi-detached family houses, try Clifton Hill, Marlborough Hill and Abbey Gardens.
For smaller terrace homes, head to St John’s Wood Terrace and The Marlowes.
For bijou properties, look in Charles Lane and Ordinance Mews.
For portered, purpose-built apartments, try Grove End Road and St John’s Wood. New-build developments include Embassy Court and Pavilion Apartments.
The local scene
Both St John’s Wood and Primrose Hill attract celebrities and intellectuals, but this is also a prime location for families attracted by the leafy surroundings and the excellent schools, notably the American School (hence the area’s large American community). The local attractions include the world-famous Lord’s Cricket Ground, the legendary Abbey Road Studios and London Zoo, located in the beautiful Regent’s Park.
Regent’s Park is one of the finest open spaces in London, fringed by magnificent architecture and featuring classic formal gardens and lakes. It is home to the Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, which each summer presents a highly regarded programme of drama and musicals. The other major open space is Primrose Hill, which affords the finest views of London, and there are charming canal-side walks in Little Venice.
St John’s Wood tube station is on the Jubilee Line, which provides direct links into the West End and Westminster and on to Canary Wharf.
The A40 starts a short way to the north-west, leading straight to the M40 and the M25 for fast access to Heathrow and the motorway network.
Schools in St John's Wood
In addition to the American School in London, the popular independent schools include Arnold House School (boys’ preparatory school) and Abercorn School.