St johns wood area guide

The leafy avenues and large villas of St John’s Wood make it a very desirable area for families.

St John’s Wood History

St John’s Wood got its name from the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, the Knights Hospitaller, who owned it in the 14th century. The Order lost it when Henry VIII abolished the monasteries, and the trees were cut down in the Cromwellian period so hay could be grown there to feed the huge number of horses stabled in London. Thomas Lord moved his cricket ground to St John’s Wood in 1811.

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The area began to be built on in the 19th century, when it gained the reputation as a haven for artists and writers that persists today. Mary Anne Evans, better known as the novelist George Eliot, lived in North Bank; Sir Edwin Landseer, sculptor of the lions next to Nelson’s Column, lived and worked in St John’s Wood Road and T.H. Huxley, the naturalist known as Darwin’s Bulldog because of his championship of evolution, lived all over the area at one time or another.

The artists J.J. Tissot and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema lived and worked in the area, and the St John’s Wood Clique met in each other’s homes when they were the dominant force in the Royal Academy in late Victorian times.

St John’s Wood Property

These days, the leafy avenues and large villas of St John’s Wood make it a very desirable area for families. St John’s Wood property is centred on the villa-style houses, with Regency dwellings in Chester Terrace, Cumberland Terrace and properties designed by architects John Nash and Decimus Burton traditionally being the most sought-after.

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Flats in St John's Wood are often carved from some of the larger mansion houses in the area, with period detailing, high ceilings and large windows giving them a luxury edge. Expect to find many properties listed by English Heritage as Grade I or II.

Top Attractions in St John’s Wood

St John's Wood High Street is a hive of retail and social activity, powered by independent shops, one-off boutiques and family businesses, all well supported by the local community. Café, restaurants and bars jostle for space with clothes emporiums, florists and interiors specialists - there's even a local loyalty card encouraging support of NW8's shops.

While boasting great community spirit, St John’s Wood can easily be defined as an oasis of tranquility at the heart of London, with an abundance of trees, large private gardens and close proximity to Regent's Park and Primrose Hill.

St John’s Wood Transport

Many of London's most famous locations are accessible on foot from St John's Wood, although the neighbourhood does have its own Underground station on the Jubilee line, should residents wish to travel by public transport. The tube line gives direct access to Westminster, London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Stratford International. There is also good road access via the A40, for Heathrow and major motorway connections.

If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in St John's Wood, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sandfords. Our St John's Wood estate agents are ready to assist with more information and advice on the St John's Wood property profile, accurate property valuations and a great selection of property for sale or to rent in the area.

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