February 25, 2019 | In The Neighbourhood | No Comments
Nestled between Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill and boasting canals and the charms of Little Venice, the St John’s Wood/Maida Vale neighbourhood provides a village atmosphere that appeals to young professionals and families alike.Being well connected to public transport via the Jubilee Line (St John’s Wood station), Bakerloo line (Warwick Avenue & Maida Vale stations) and various bus lines serving Central and North West London, the neighbourhood is ideally located.
It offers a wide variety of property types, from mansion flats, contemporary purpose-built apartments, and Victorian conversions to terraced and detached villa style housing and is home to a large number of highly rated schools, including the American School.
Average listed rental prices (per month) for a good 2 bedroom flat ranges from £2,450 to £2,700, and from £3,850 to £4,550 for a 3 bedroom flat. Although properties in this area generally offer modern fixtures and fittings, we have seen cases of old purpose-built flats placed on the market that could definitely benefit from being refurbished. In return, these also offer higher room for negotiation on the asking rental price.
With Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill right on the door step, locals have easy access to the largest outdoor area in Central London (over 100 acres), can take a walk in the famous Queen Mary’s Gardens, be entertained at the Open Air Theatre, or visit the London Zoo with its more than 700 species of animals.
If that’s all too touristy, there’s also St John’s Wood Church Ground or Paddington Recreation Ground to visit with formal gardens, wildlife areas and children’s playgrounds.
THE HIGH STREET & BOUTIQUES
St John’s Wood High Street is home to an eclectic assortment of independent retailers, organic food shops, high profile apparel and beauty boutiques, as well as the usual mainstream staples like Boots and Space NK.
- Groceries: Panzer’s, Gail’s, Kent & Sons Butchers, Leonidas, Spirited Wines, Tesco Metro, Raoul’s Deli, Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Cook, Clifton Greens
- Fashion & Apparel: Apostrophe, Gerard Darel, James Lakeland, Joseph, Regal Shoes, Tara Jarmon, The Kooples, Whistles, Zadig& Voltaire
- Health & Beauty: Space NK, Boots, St John’s Wood Pharmacy
THE PUBS & RESTAURANTS
Despite the village-like feel, you are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to bars, pubs and restaurants to go to. Here are some local favourites
- Lord’s Tavern – historical British pub with a little cricket flavour, next to the Grace Gates at Lord’s Cricket Ground
- MORI – popular local sushi restaurant (St John’s Wood High Street)
- Raoul’s Café – fresh food and lovely selection (Clifton Gardens)
- Richmond’s Arms – local historical pub (Orchardson Street)
- Sahara – Lebanese food in contemporary setting (St John’s Wood High Street)
- The Duke of York – polished pub serving burger and steak menu, close to St John’s Wood High Street at St Ann’s Terrace
- The Ivy Café – café style brasserie, with dedicated weekend brunch menu, St John’s Wood High Street
- Carluccio’s – Italian restaurant chain (St John Wood’s High Street)
- Harry Morgan – London’s most famous NY-style deli restaurant (St John’s Wood High Street)
SIGHTS & CELEBRITIES
Famous for the many celebrities that live here, including Kate Moss, Sir Paul McCartney, Ewan McGregor, and Bill Nighly, St John’s Wood is also home to one of the most famous recording studios in the history of rock and roll, the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Synonymous with the Beatles (and others like Pink Floyd), the Fab Four’s legacy is very much still alive at the Grove End Road zebra crossing, where Beatles fans attempt to recreate their iconic 1969 album cover image.
Another musical landmark is the BBC Maida Vale Studios, which is still in regular use and where a broad repertoire of classical and popular music, alongside drama sessions are still recorded for BBC Radio.
Behold the Little Venice canal, one of London’s best-kept secrets! Running through Regent’s Park and on to Little Venice, and loved by boaters, cyclists and walkers alike, it’s a haven of tranquillity in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life.
SCHOOLS & MEDICAL FACILITIES
The neighbourhood offers a large choice of highly rated independent schools and state schools of all levels. More details can be found by searching by postcode, school name or type of school on Schoolsnet.
For more information on school options in the area and personalised advice, you can check out the local group Mums in the Wood.
THE LORD’S CRICKET GROUND
A day at Lord’s is always a memorable time. The world-renowned cricket venue celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014, and it plays host to a range of matches, from county sides to international tests. It is also regularly open to the public for tours.
And that’s an over!
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