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Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°10′30″W / 51.5361°N 0.1751°W / 51.5361; -0.1751

St John's Wood
St John's Wood is located in Greater London
St John's Wood

 St John's Wood shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ265835
London borough Westminster
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district NW8
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Regent's Park and Kensington North
London Assembly West Central
List of places: UK • England • London
Many houses in this well-heeled area are individual to the point of eccentricity. (June 2006)
St. John's Wood High Street

St John's Wood is a district of north-west London, England, in the City of Westminster, and at the north-west end of Regent's Park. It is approximately 2.5 miles north-west of Charing Cross. Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was later owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. It is home to some of the most expensive properties in the world.

St John's Wood was developed from the early 19th century onwards. It was one of the first London suburbs to be developed with a large amount of low density "villa" housing, as opposed to the terraced housing which was the norm in London up to the 19th century, even in expensive districts. Parts of St John's Wood have been rebuilt at a higher density, but it remains a highly desirable residential district.

St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and original headquarters of the sport. It is also famous for Abbey Road Studios and the street Abbey Road, where The Beatles recorded, notably the Abbey Road album, the cover of which features the band crossing the road. Paul McCartney has owned a property in the area since the 1960s along with many other famous music and film stars. Local radio personality and TV celebrity Vanessa Feltz also lives in the area.

The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery has a barracks in St. John's Wood and regularly exercises their horses by parading them through the streets of St. John's Wood.

Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright grew up in St John's Wood, and the former Wrights' home is now home to supermodel Kate Moss. Actor Damian Lewis was born in St John's Wood. The Rolling Stones referenced it in their song "Play With Fire". The director, wit and physician Jonathan Miller was born into a wealthy family in the area. The British World War II flier Douglas Bader was born in St. John's Wood.



Transport and locale

Nearest places

The nearest London Underground stations are St John's Wood, Swiss Cottage — on the Jubilee Line; and Maida Vale, Marylebone and Warwick Avenue — on the Bakerloo Line.

The nearest London Overground station is South Hampstead

Notable residents

St John's Wood in literature

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Europe : Britain and Ireland : United Kingdom : England : London : Paddington-Maida Vale
Statue of Paddington Bear, Paddington Station
Statue of Paddington Bear, Paddington Station

Paddington-Maida Vale is a district of northwest central London, located around the vast Paddington Station of Paddington Bear fame.


This inner London district is somewhat bereft of attractions but it does have a large range of budget and mid-priced accommodation. That, combined with the convenient central London location and transport links, makes it a popular area with visitors.

Paddington itself and the areas between it and Hyde Park - Bayswater and Lancaster Gate - consist largely of Victorian houses, some of them rather grand, which have been converted into either small residential flats or hotels. Maida Vale to the north is similar but almost entirely residential and is most notable for canalside streets and the houseboats of Little Venice. St John's Wood is distinctly upscale and leafy and includes the home of world cricket at Lords as well as some of the most sought after real estate in London.

Get in

By tube

The district is served by the following tube stations:

  • Paddington (District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo lines)
  • Bayswater (District and Circle lines)
  • Queensway (Central line)
  • Lancaster Gate (Central line)
  • Maida Vale (Bakerloo line)
  • Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line)
  • Edgware Road (District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo lines)
  • Royal Oak (Hammersmith & City line)
  • St John's Wood (Jubilee Line)

By train

Paddington Station is the London terminal for trains from the following cities in the southwest of the country: Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Swindon, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Bath, and also for trains from Reading and Oxford.


While there is not a great deal to see in the way of traditional visitor attractions, Paddington makes a convenient base for exploring other parts of the city.

  • Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, St. Mary's Hospital, Praed St, +44 20 7886 6528, [1]. M-Th 10AM-1PM. £2.  edit
  • Abbey Road Studios, Abbey Rd, St. John's Wood (A short walk from the St. John's Wood tube station). No tours. World-renowned studios where many famous musicians and groups, most notably The Beatles, recorded music. Near the studios is the equally famous zebra crossing immortalized on the cover of the Beatles' album Abbey Road. Located in the vicinity, in Cavendish Avenue, is a home which was formerly owned by Paul McCartney.  edit
A packed Lord's, one of the great sights in English sport
A packed Lord's, one of the great sights in English sport
  • Lord's Cricket Ground, Wellington Road NW8 8QN (nearest tube station: St John's Wood), [2]. The home of Cricket and a must visit place for cricket lovers. There are plenty of games to see (tickets are often available for the late afternoon and evening 20-20 games, or take a behind the scenes tour (twice daily except on match days).  edit
  • Queens Ice and Bowl, 17 Queensway W2 4QP (tube: Bayswater or Queensway), +44 20 7229 0172, [3]. Queens is an entertainment centre with 50,000 sqft of activities including ice skating, 12 lanes of ten pin bowling, karaoke rooms, bar, food and video games.  edit
  • Whiteleys, Queensway W2 (tube: Bayswater), [4]. Large shopping plaza with many of the usual suspect British high street brands plus a UCI cinema.  edit


Good value eats abound in this area. The Bayswater/Queensway area has many excellent Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese options. Edgware Rd is another good bet for Middle Eastern and the area around Paddington Station itself is a hive of small cafes. Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale are home to some good, stylish mid-market restaurants.

  • Cous Cous Cafe, 7 Porchester Gardens W2 4DB (tube: Bayswater), +44 20 7727 6597, [5]. Morrocan cuisine at decent value prices. Try the tagines (£10-15) or mezze plates (£7-12)  edit
  • Kalamaras, 66 Inverness Mews W2 3JQ (tube: Bayswater), 0871 3327813, [6]. Markets itself as London's oldest Greek restaurant. Not sure if that is true but it has been around a long in this quiet mews in Bayswater and is a favourite with local residents. Counts several celebs amongst its regular clientele. Try the taramasalata and keftedes. Mains £10-15..  edit
  • New Taxin Thai, 79 Castellain Road W9 1EU (tube: Maida Vale), +44 20 7286 4801. Good Thai restauarant using fresh ingredients to produce food that will not burn too large a hole in your wallet. £15-20 per head.  edit
  • The Phi Brasserie, 16 London St (Exit Paddington Train Station (Garfunkel's Restaurant on your left), cross the road and walk 2 blocks down the London St on your right), +44 20 7706 4444, [7]. 7AM-11PM. The Phi Brasserie at the Hotel Indigo London-Paddington offers a wide selection of healthy meals in a relaxing atmosphere. Serves a selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. It features seasonal menus that draw from as many natural, organic and zero trans fat ingredients as possible.  edit
  • Rodizio Rico, 111 Westbourne Grove (tube: Bayswater), +442077924035, [8]. A Brazillian all you can eat meat (with limited veggie options) buffet. The meat is imported from Brazil and barbequed on site. The meat is delivered to your table on a skewer, the waiter then cuts a portion of it and you put it on your own plate. The meat is fantastic and it just keeps coming. This place is highly recommended.  edit
  • The Street Hawker, 166 Randolph Avenue W9 1PG (tube: Maida Vale), 0871 0757916. Pan Aian cuisne at decent value prices. £15-20 per head.  edit
  • The Waterway, 54-56 Formosa Street, London, W9 2JU (tube: Warwick Avenue), +44 20 7266 3557 (), [9]. Stylsh bar and restaurant alongside the canal at Little Venice. Has alfresco dining area right by the water during summer. Mixed European food Mains £15-20.  edit
  • Mad Bishop and Bear, (In Paddington Station itself, go to The Lawn eating area, and up the escalators to the top floor). A surprisingly good pub. It is a Fullers pub, serving well-kept real ales. It is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Breakfast is served from opening (M-F 9AM, Sa 7:30AM, Su 10AM) until noon, standard pub food is served at other times.  edit


This district probably the greatest range of budget and mid-price accommodation in central London.

A lot of the hotels here are converted Victorian houses which makes for a charming stay but can also mean dodgy plumbing and poor heating systems. And always check if the property has have a lift if this is important to you.

A good option for the value-conscious is to check the large range of service apartments available. The standard of accommodation at these is often much better than you would get in an equivalently priced traditional hotel.

  • Ascot Hyde Park Hotel, 11 Craven Rd (Few minutes' walk from Paddington Station), [10]. Popular budget hotel  edit
  • Bluedaws Hotel, 133-135 Sussex Gardens (2 min from Paddington Station or Hyde Park), +44 20 7723 6040 (fax: +44 20 7262 8390), [11]. Very clean budget hotel. Singles £25, doubles £35, triples £45, including English breakfast.  edit
  • Green Man Bestplace Inn Hostel, 308 Edgware Rd W2, +44 207 723 7980. Very cheap hostel above a pub aimed at young partying types. Gets very raucous indeed. Dorm and private rooms. Dorms from £12, privates from £45.  edit
  • Mina House Hotel, 21-23 Craven Rd (Few min walk from Paddington Station), [12].  edit
  • Mitre House Hotel, 178-186 Sussex Gardens (5 min walk from Paddington Station), +44 20 7723 8040 (fax: +44 20 7402 0990), [13]. Two-star hotel.  edit
  • Palace Court Studios, 1 Palace Ct W2 4LP (tube: Queensway), + 44 845 6800086, [14]. Thirty six self-contained apartments for one to three persons. All apartments are en-suite with own kitchenette and bathroom. Other facilities are communal washing/drying machines, phone in each apartment, Wi-Fi and lift to all floors. Single studio apartments from £56, twin from £64, double from £64, triples from £70.  edit
  • Royal Court Apartments, 51 Gloucester Terrace W2 3DQ, +44 20 7402 5077 (), [15]. Good value self-cateirng apartments in a very convenient location. From £56.  edit
  • Umi Hotel, 16 Leinster Sq W2 4PR (tube: Bayswater), +44 20 7221 9131, [16]. Good value budget hotel with 117 rooms in a convenient Bayswater location. Opened in 2007. From about £50.  edit
  • Wake Up! London Backpackers Hostel, 1 Queens Gdns W2 3BB (corner of Queens Gdns and Devonshire Terrace), +44 20 7262 4471 (fax: +44 20 7706 8548), [17]. Dorm beds from £13.  edit
  • Hyde Park Towers Hotel, 41-51 Inverness Terrace (tube: Bayswater or Queensway), +44 20 7221 8484 (fax: +44 20 77923201), [18]. Elegant three star hotel.  edit
  • Quality Crown Hotel Paddington, 144 Praed St (tube: Paddington), +44 20 7706 8888 (), [19]. Good value for the price. The rooms are tiny, but that is where the resemblance to other London hotels ends. The rooms are immaculate, the plumbing is perfect, the decor is beautiful, and the fitness room is brand new. Singles £70, doubles £120.  edit
  • Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Park, 8-14 Talbot Sq (tube: Paddington), +44 20 7262 6699 (), [20]. Four star hotel. Blend of classic and contemporary English town house style. The hotel and the staff are very welcoming. The location is in a quiet garden square.  edit
  • Royal Norfolk Hotel, 25 London St (junction of Norfolk Sq/London St in Sussex Gdns, tube: Paddington), [21]. The conversion of two Edwardian London terraced houses into one 60-en suite room hotel, an affluent residential area close to Hyde Park.  edit
  • Hilton London Paddington, 146 Praed St (at Paddington Station), +44 20 7850 0500 (fax: +44 20 7850 0600), [22].  edit
  • Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY (tube: Lancaster Gate), +44 20 7262 6737 (), [23]. Right alongside Hyde Park and many of the rooms have clear views over the park. From about £120.  edit
  • Hotel Indigo London-Paddington, 16 London Street, Paddington, London W2 1HL (tube: Paddington), +44 20 7706 4444 (), [24]. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Close to Paddington Station. From about £130.  edit
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