St John's Wood

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Saint John's Wood is located in Greater London
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51°32′10″N 0°10′30″W / 51.5361°N 0.1751°W / 51.5361; -0.1751Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°10′30″W / 51.5361°N 0.1751°W / 51.5361; -0.1751
St. John's Wood High Street

Saint John's Wood is a district of northwest London, in the City of Westminster, and on the northwest side of Regent's Park. It is about 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of Charing Cross. Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was later owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem.[1]

The boundaries of St. John's Wood are the Regent's Canal to the south, Maida Vale (Edgware Road) to the west, Boundary Road to the north and Avenue Rd/Primrose Hill Park to the east.

It is a very affluent neighbourhood,[2] with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the fifth most expensive postcode in London based on the average home price in 2007.[3] According to a 2014 property agent survey, St. John's Wood residents pay the highest average rent in all of London.[4]


A map showing the St John's Wood ward of St Marylebone Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.

St John's Wood was developed from the early 19th century onwards. One of the first developers in the area was James Burton.[5] It was one of the first London suburbs to be developed with a large amount of low density "villa" housing, as opposed to the terraced housing which was the norm in London up to the 19th century, even in expensive districts. Parts of St John's Wood have been rebuilt at a higher density,[6] but it remains a highly desirable residential district, and one of the most expensive areas of London.[7]

St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and the original headquarters of cricket. It is also famous for Abbey Road Studios and the street Abbey Road, where The Beatles recorded, notably the Abbey Road album, the cover of which features the band crossing the road.

The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery was formerly based at St John's Wood Barracks. The regiment moved to Woolwich on 6 February 2012; the barracks is to be demolished and developed as housing.[8]

The area is also home to St. John's Wood Church Grounds, which contains the only nature reserve in the City of Westminster.


For education in St John's Wood, see List of schools in the City of Westminster.

The area has various schools, both state and independent:

Places of worship[edit]

St John's Wood has a range of places of worship.


Transport and locale[edit]

Nearest places

The nearest London Underground stations are St. John's Wood, Swiss Cottage—on the Jubilee line; Maida Vale, Marylebone Station and Warwick Avenue—on the Bakerloo line; and Baker Street on Bakerloo line, Jubilee line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line and Circle line.

The nearest London Overground station is South Hampstead.

Notable residents[edit]

Commemorative blue plaques[edit]

Past and present residents[edit]

St John's Wood in literature and music[edit]


  1. ^ The St. John's Wood Society. St John's Wood History. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  2. ^ Sherwood, Bob (7 April 2010). "Affluent enclave sitting on political front line". Financial Times. 
  3. ^ "In Pictures: London's Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 
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  6. ^ a b Elrington, C R (Editor); Baker, T F T; Bolton, Diane K; Croot, Patricia E C, "A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, p.60–63", 1989. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  7. ^ "U.K.'s Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Ross Lydall (6 February 2012). "Final salute: St John's Wood bids farewell to the King's Troop after two centuries – UK – News". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Plaque detail at English Heritage
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  22. ^ O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9. 
  23. ^ Fusion Advertising & Design. "Area Guide to St John's Wood – Property guide to St John's Wood from". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  24. ^ Mendoza, Nadia; Eriksen, Alanah (10 October 2011). "Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell wedding: Kate Moss and Ronnie Wood last to leave". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  25. ^ "St John's Wood in the area". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  26. ^ a b Siobhan Mcfadyen (3 June 2011). "Inside the home Kate Moss can't sell: What's putting buyers off – the flooding? Location? Or is it the jungle-themed living room?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
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  29. ^ Detailed in Richards' 2010 autobiography, "Life"
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External links[edit]

Media related to St. John's Wood at Wikimedia Commons