St John's Wood is a district of north-west London, in the City of Westminster and Camden[1], 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.[2] It is an affluent neighbourhood,[3] with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the fifth most expensive in London based on average home prices in 2007.[4] According to a 2014 survey, St John's Wood tenants pay the highest average rent in London.[5]


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.[6] 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,[7] but it remains a highly desirable residential district, and one of the most expensive areas of London.[8]

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 is to be demolished and developed as housing.[9]

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

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


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

St John's Wood in literature, music and television


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  2. ^ The St John's Wood Society. St John's Wood History Archived 28 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  3. ^ Sherwood, Bob (7 April 2010). "Affluent enclave sitting on political front line". Financial Times. 
  4. ^ "In Pictures: London's Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 
  5. ^ Prudence Ivey (20 November 2014). "St John's Wood tenants pay the highest rent in London - Hampstead & Highgate Property". Hamhigh.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Celebrating the birth in July 1761 of James Burton, the founder of St Leonards-on-Sea and builder-developer in Bloomsbury". Victoria County History. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  7. ^ 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" British-History.ac.uk, 1989. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  8. ^ "U.K.'s Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Plaque detail at English Heritage
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  20. ^ Anthony Quinton. "ALFRED JULES AYER". Ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  21. ^ a b c "St. John's Wood". Cwhr.co.uk. 
  22. ^ Prudence Ivey (10 November 2014). "For sale: Monty Python star Eric Idle's St John's Wood house - Hampstead & Highgate Property". Hamhigh.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  23. ^ O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9. 
  24. ^ Fusion Advertising & Design. "Area Guide to St John's Wood – Property guide to St John's Wood from". ludlowthompson.com. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ "St John's Wood in the area". Cwh.org.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ Jonathan Prynn, Consumer Business Editor (2014-10-15). "Rupert Murdoch's daughter buys home in St John's Wood for £38.5m after split from husband Matthew Freud London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  29. ^ Duell, Mark (2014-10-15). "Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth buys home after split with Matthew Freud Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-07. [unreliable source?]
  30. ^ Detailed in Richards' 2010 autobiography, "Life"

External links

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