Where to Live in North West London #3: St John's Wood

How to get there? St John’s Wood tube station is on the Jubilee line. It allows easy access to Wembley Park station for the LIL (15mn direct), South Kensington station for Lycée Charles de Gaulles (20mn), Kentish Town station for the CFBL (35mn). It is also very close to Baker Street and Bond Street stations for shopping on Marylebone High Street/ Oxford Street/ Regent Street (10mn); and King’s Cross station for the Eurostar (15mn).

What does it look like? The area is very residential. There is a mix of large houses for single family use; large houses which have been split into flats; smaller terraced houses; and bigger blocks of flats.

There are two big tourist attractions in the area worth mentioning: Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Wimbledon of cricket; and Abbey Road Studios, famous through the Beatles.

Who lives there? There is a high concentration of American families, due to the proximity of the American School of London. The area is quite affluent and the population reflects this.

Where to shop and eat? St John’s Wood High Street and the nearby streets have all the shops you need on a daily basis : a Tesco Express, a butcher, a fishmonger, a baker, a greengrocer, a chemist, a florist, a post office, two newsagents, several banks, dry cleaners, hairdressers, clothes shops (Gérard Darel, Zadig et Voltaire, Joseph). There is also a number of restaurants. There is no large supermarket in St John’s Wood; but Finchley Road is only a 10-mn drive and has a large Sainsbury’s and a Waitrose.

What to do? There is no cinema or leisure centre in St John’s Wood , but these can be found around Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage tube stations (a few minutes away by bus or tube). Regents Park is only a 10-mn walk, with the London Zoo; an outdoor theatre; many pitches for playing football, rugby or baseball; and an outdoor tennis club. For those of you into running, a group of mums (mainly American) runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting from St John’s Wood.