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St. John's Wood Area Guide

St. John's Wood - "Lords, the King's Troop & Zoo"


  • St John’s Wood a district of north London located at the North West end of Regent’s Park, and is approximately 2.5 miles north west of Charing Cross.


Historical facts

  • Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, the area of St John’s Wood was owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and developed from the early 19th century onwards. It became one of the first London suburbs to be developed with a large amount of low density ‘villa’ style housing, as opposed to the terraced housing which was the norm in London up to the 19th century. Parts of St John’s Wood have been rebuilt at a higher density, but it remains a highly sought after and desirable residential district.



  • St John’s Wood is the location of Lord’s Cricket Ground, home of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
  • 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.
  • Abbey Road Studios is where the Beatles recorded all their early albums & singles – notably the ‘Abbey Road’ album which cover of which features the band crossing the Abbey Road.


Famous residents

  • Paul McCartney has owned a property next to the cricket club since the 1960s, and is where he used to write songs with John Lennon.
  • Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright grew up in St John’s Wood, and it 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.
  • Chrissie Hynde
  • George Elliot
  • Imran Khan
  • John Major
  • Kate Moss
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Patsy Kensit
  • Richard Branson