St John's Wood

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Saint John's Wood
Saint John's Wood is located in Greater London
Saint John's Wood
Saint John's Wood
Saint John's Wood shown within Greater London
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Country England
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Post town LONDON
Postcode district NW8
Dialling code 020
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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

St John's Wood is a district of northwest London, of which more than 98 percent lies in the City of Westminster and the remainder in Camden. It runs from the northwest side of Regent's Park to Marylebone, to the Edgware Road part of Paddington and to the Swiss Cottage part of Hampstead.[1][2] It is about 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of Charing Cross.

Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was from 1238 a wooded farm of St John's Priory, Clerkenwell (the Knights of St John of Jerusalem) before Protestant Edward VI of England sold the farm to noblemen.[2][3] It is an affluent neighbourhood,[4] with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the fifth most expensive in London based on average home prices in 2007.[5] According to a 2014 survey, St John's Wood tenants pay the highest average rent in London, with rents averaging £1,889 per week.[6]


The great landholding of St John's Priory (i.e. Clerkenwell Priory) lying nearest London until Protestant monarch Edward VI of England was St John's Wood Farm. This was equivalent to today's area in what was then the north of Marylebone. It had the estate farmed out on agricultural tenancies as a source of produce and income.[7] Edward saw the farm divided and sold to wealthy noblemen.

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

St John's Wood developed from the early 19th century onwards. One of the first developers was James Burton.[8] It was among the first London suburbs with lower-density villa housing and frequent avenues, but fewer communal garden squares. Most of the villas have since been subdivided and replaced by small apartment blocks or terraces.[9] This pattern of development has made it one of the most expensive areas of London.[10]

St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, 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 has been demolished and the site developed as upmarket housing.[11]

The area is also home to St. John's Wood Church Grounds, which contains the only nature reserve 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 locales[edit]

Neighbouring locations:

The nearest London Underground stations are St John's Wood and Swiss Cottage on the Jubilee line; Maida Vale, Marylebone 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, music and television[edit]


  1. ^ "Camden Council: St John's Wood (East and West) conservation area appraisal and management strategy at 1.1 measures "3.83 hectares" otherwise the area is in Westminster and at 5.3 "Eyre's estate" [approximately equal in size] measured 500 acres". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Westminster Council: St John's Wood Conservation Area Appraisal: 3.6 Sale of land in St John's Wood by the Crown began in the early 18th century. Henry Samuel Eyre acquired the largest portion in 1732: a 500 acre estate that stretched roughly from what is now Rossmore Road to Swiss Cottage, bounded by Hamilton Terrace to the west and Avenue Road to the east" (PDF). Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  3. ^ The St John's Wood Society. St John's Wood History Archived 28 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  4. ^ Sherwood, Bob (7 April 2010). "Affluent enclave sitting on political front line". Financial Times.
  5. ^ "In Pictures: London's Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes.
  6. ^ Prudence Ivey (20 November 2014). "St John's Wood tenants pay the highest rent in London - Hampstead & Highgate Property". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  7. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Vol. 3 "JOHN'S WOOD (ST.)", p.1067, 1870-72, John Marius Wilson
  8. ^ "Celebrating the birth in July 1761 of James Burton, the founder of St Leonards-on-Sea and builder-developer in Bloomsbury". Victoria County History. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ "U.K.'s Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Plaque detail at English Heritage
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  22. ^ Anthony Quinton. "ALFRED JULES AYER". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  23. ^ a b c "St. John's Wood".
  24. ^ Prudence Ivey (10 November 2014). "For sale: Monty Python star Eric Idle's St John's Wood house - Hampstead & Highgate Property". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  25. ^ O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9.
  26. ^ Fusion Advertising & Design. "Area Guide to St John's Wood – Property guide to St John's Wood from". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ Jonathan Prynn (15 October 2014). "Rupert Murdoch's daughter buys home in St John's Wood for £38.5m after split from husband Matthew Freud". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  30. ^ Duell, Mark (15 October 2014). "Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth buys home after split with Matthew Freud". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 June 2017.[unreliable source?]
  31. ^ Detailed in Richards' 2010 autobiography, "Life"

External links[edit]

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