Hamilton Terrace, NW8
HISTORY OF ST JOHN’S WOOD
St John’s Wood was an area that was once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, later owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. After the Reformation and the dissolution of monastic orders, St John’s Wood became Crown land, and Henry VIII established Royal Hunting Grounds in what was later known as Marylebone Park, to the north of which lay St John’s Wood. Developed from the early nineteenth century onwards, St John’s Wood was one of the original London suburbs to be developed with a large amount of low density “villa” housing, instead of terraced housing which was typical in London up to the nineteenth century. Many of the original houses and gardens disappeared during the twentieth century, mainly through bomb damage however much of the original character of the area remains. Most of St John’s Wood was designated a Conservation Area in the 1960’s, and it’s houses listed by English Heritage. It is considered today as a highly desirable residential location, and one of the most expensive areas of London.
BUYING PROPERTY IN ST JOHN’S WOOD
As well as low-density housing with large gardens, there are many tree-lined avenues with Italianate villas such as Avenue Road, Carlton Hill and Clifton Hill. There are numerous neo-Gothic houses and plenty of smaller houses on stunning boulevards such as Hamilton Terrace (pictured). St John’s Wood offers excellent mansion blocks such as North Gate on Prince Albert Road (pictured) and imposing and prestigious Eyre Court, set back from Finchley Road. In contrast, St John’s Wood is now home to many newer purpose-built blocks offering modern living. Worth exploring are: Embassy Court on Wellington Road, Pavillion Apartments on St John’s Wood Road with views over Lord’s Cricket Ground, and The Atrium on Park Road. Today St John’s Wood remains a sought after residential district, consisting of some of the most ultra-prime property for sale in London.
LIVING IN ST JOHN’S WOOD
An extremely popular location with families due to the abundance of greenery and excellent schools. St John’s Wood High street is lined with artisan cafes and boutique shops, retaining a truly village lifestyle. Popular restaurants include Harry Morgan’s for traditional Jewish style food and nineteenth century pub The Duke of York on on St Ann’s Terrace. The area was made particularly famous by The Beatles who were pictured on their 1969 album cover walking across the zebra crossing on Abbey Road. Abbey Road recording studios still remain there today. The world-famous Lord’s Cricket Ground (pictured) is in St John’s Wood, home to the Middlesex County Cricket Club. London Zoo is in the north part of Regent’s Park, is home to over 12,000 animals, defitiely worth a family outing. Also worth noting are the open spaces of Primrose Hill offering sweeping views across London and The City, and the beautiful canal-side in Little Venice running through the park (pictured).
SCHOOLS IN ST JOHN’S WOOD
The American School in London is very popular, as well as independent schools such as Arnold House School and Abercorn School.For further information you can get in touch via our contact page.