St Johns Wood Area Guide
The vibrant St John’s Wood High Street at the heart of the community is renowned for its chic boutiques, independent shops, patisseries, brasseries and galleries.
When St John’s Wood was first developed in earnest in the 1840s, it was one of the first parts of London to abandon traditional terraced housing for low density, semi-detached villas. Today, the large properties with generous gardens and off-street parking along wide, tree-lined avenues continue to attract affluent families who value living in almost rural calm so close to the centre of the capital.
St John’s Wood has plentiful blocks of mansion flats and many twenties mansions, but it is the fine early Victorian detached and semi-detached villas sitting in large gardens in roads such as Acacia Road, Clifton Hill and Carlton Hill which give the area its charm. The typical St John’s Wood house is white stucco, early Victorian, detached or semi-detached, although Edwardian, Art Deco and modern blocks of luxury flats dominate Wellington Road and parts of Grove End Road and Abbey Road, while Avenue Road, which is internationally acclaimed, features some of the most expensive and sought-after homes in London.
The birthplace of British World War II flier Sir Douglas Bader, St John’s Wood is also home to many well-known figures from stage and screen.