World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

St John's Wood

Article Id: WHEBN0000094270
Reproduction Date:

Title: St John's Wood  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: E. H. Shepard, Maida Vale, Andy Irvine (musician), Gerald Scarfe, Lord's Cricket Ground
Collection: Areas of London, Districts of the City of Westminster, St John's Wood
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

St John's Wood

St John's Wood
St John's Wood is located in Greater London
St John's Wood
 St John's Wood shown within Greater London
OS grid reference
London borough Westminster
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district NW8
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Westminster North
London Assembly West Central
List of places
St. John's Wood High Street

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

It is a very affluent neighbourhood,[2] with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the 5th 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]

In 2013, the price of housing in St John's Wood reached exceptional levels. Avenue Road had more than 10 large mansions/villas for sale. The most expensive had an asking price of £65 million, with the cheapest at £15 million. The remainder were around £25 million.


  • History 1
  • Education 2
  • Places of worship 3
  • Transport and locale 4
  • Notable residents 5
    • Commemorative blue plaques 5.1
    • Past and present residents 5.2
  • St John's Wood in literature and music 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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. 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,[5] but it remains a highly desirable residential district, and one of the most expensive areas of London.[6]

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.[7]


The area has various schools:

Places of worship

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

  • The Liberal Jewish Synagogue
  • The New London Synagogue
  • Saatchi Shul

Transport and locale

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

Commemorative blue plaques

Past and present residents[18][19][20][21]

St John's Wood in literature and music


  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. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ "U.K.'s Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Plaque detail at English Heritage
  9. ^ Plaque detail
  10. ^ Plaque detail
  11. ^ Plaque detail
  12. ^ Plaque detail
  13. ^ Plaque detail
  14. ^ Plaque detail
  15. ^ Plaque detail
  16. ^ Plaque detail
  17. ^ Plaque detail
  18. ^ a b Fusion Advertising & Design. "Area Guide to St John's Wood – Property guide to St John's Wood from". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  19. ^ a b 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. 
  20. ^ a b "St John's Wood in the area". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c 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. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ a b c "St. John's Wood". 
  24. ^
  25. ^ O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline.  
  26. ^
  27. ^
  28. ^ Detailed in Richards' 2010 autobiography, "Life"
  29. ^

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • History of St John's Wood
  • Map of St John's Wood and the surrounding districts
  • & (advertising & marketing)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.