St Johns Wood Area Guide

Serene St John’s Wood sits elegantly between the wealthy inner city suburbs of Hampstead, Maida Vale, Lisson Grove and Regent’s Park. Although only a short bus ride to the crowds of Oxford Street and the West End, the commanding Georgian terraces and exclusive mansion blocks enjoy a privileged sense of space and affluent calm.

You may want to relax with an espresso at one of the smart cafes on the High Street where film actors, models and international financiers lurk behind their sunglasses and their European newspapers. Shopping is fairly limited, upmarket and generally very chic. However, bargain hunters will know that St John’s Wood High Street offers some of the best charity shops in London, including Oxfam and St John’s Hospice where barely worn designer cast-offs can be had for second-hand prices.

Meanwhile, Alfie’s Antiques Market in Lisson Grove is a famous decorative arts emporium housed in an Edwardian building with quirky Egyptian murals on the exterior and room after room of furniture, glass and handcrafted objects on the inside.

If you feel the St John’s Wood price tag is still a little high, Regent’s Park is a short stroll away where you can enjoy a picnic for free in its enchanting flower gardens, or, for not much more, visit its outstanding outdoor theatre.

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