St Johns Wood London NW8 Area Guide

Guide to St Johns Wood, London NW8

The Area

St John’s Wood is a tranquil, leafy enclave north-west of Regent’s Park with a vibrant heritage. Home to world-class locations, including the famous Abbey Road Studios and Lord’s Cricket Ground, the area is minutes from the internationally celebrated West End.

Avenue Road, the well established residential area with wonderful shops, restaurants and transport facilities is at the heart of St John’s Wood. The road is famed for its many luxury villas and mansions.

This tranquil residential area offers a peaceful and quintessentially London experience, but with the peaceful air of country life owed to its historic villas, tree-lined streets and close proximity to open green spaces. 

St John’s Wood was designated as a Conservation Area in the 1960s and many of the buildings are protected by English Heritage. Architecture in the area is diverse and characterful with an array spanning centuries, including Victorian mansion flats, Art Deco blocks and grand Italianate villas. 

Amenities

St John’s Wood has an abundance of globally-inspired restaurants and quirky boutiques. On the doorstep of London’s West End, the area enjoys close access to top-class theatre shows, musicals, bars and restaurants. 

Famous locally-loved eateries, including Panzer’s
Up-marketing dining in The Ivy Brasserie and Soutine
Exquisite crafts in Cecilia Colman Gallery
Close to Regent’s Park and its Open Air Theatre
Serene walks along Regent’s Canal
Stunning views of central London in Primrose Hill
Proximity to several independent schools

History

St John’s Wood was once part of the Great Middlesex Forest and it was one of the first London suburbs to be developed from the early 19th century. The area retains much of its historic rural charm and building works have since honoured the preservation of its traditional architecture.

Follow in the footsteps of the iconic Beatles album cover on the zebra crossing near Abbey Road Studios. For cricket fans, Lord’s Cricket is often referred to as ‘the home of cricket’ and boasts international matches. St John’s Wood has attracted many famous residents in its time, including Sir Paul McCartney Rihanna and a young Winston Churchill. 

Transport

With access to excellent transport links, the area is served by the Jubilee underground line, which is two stops from Bond Street. Nearby Baker Street offers connections to all parts of London via Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan tube lines and plenty of bus routes across central London. 

Fees

Refundable Holding deposit

Capped at 1 weeks rent

Security Deposit

Capped at 5 weeks rent for annual rental under £50,000, or 6 weeks rent for annual rental over £50,000

Rent

The agreed monthly rent

Changes to tenancy

Capped at £50 inc VAT

Early termination charge

Not exceeding the landlord’s financial losses

Late payment of rent

Interest of 3% above BoE base rate for each day the rent is late, once it is 14 days overdue

Replacement keys

Reasonable costs or give the tenant the option to purchase themselves

Utilities, council tax, communication services, TV Licence etc

Tenants own responsibility unless otherwise stated in contract

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