NW8 (City Of Westminster) area guide

City Of Westminster
To the north, NW8 is bordered by Belsize Road and Adelaide Road. To the east it is bordered by Avenue Road, Primrose Hill and Prince Albert Road, and then Park Road and Regents Park. To the south it is bordered by Broadley Street and Taunton Place and to the west it is bordered by Edgware Road and Maida Vale.

The NW8 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Abbey Road, Camden, Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Church Street, City Of Westminster, Kilburn, London, South Hampstead Station, St. Johns Wood Station and Swiss Cottage.
St Johns Wood takes its name from its history. It was originally part of the Great Middlesex Forest, until it was owned by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Following the reformation, the area of St. Johns Wood, which was still rural at this point, became crown land. It remained so until the end of the seventeenth century. The area began to develop as we know it in the nineteenth century, with villa style homes, which were less crowded than typical London terraces.

Lisson Grove was historically one of the worst slums in London, and was famously the home of Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion. At this time, police officers would patrol in pairs, local women were described as the most violent and foul mouthed in London and many of the residents lived in extreme poverty.
The area of St. Johns Wood is highly desirable. Not only is it an attractive area with good transport links, the homes in the area are substantial and attractive. Avenue Road, Cavendish Avenue, Cavendish Close and Elm Tree Road all have properties with asking prices ranging from £10 to £25 million.

However, for those with more realistic budgets, Rowley Way and Grove Hall Court, on Hall Road have more affordable studio and one bedroom flats for under £250,000, as does Langford Place. Abbey House, on the famous Abbey Road, has studio apartments in a purpose built block for asking prices of around £270,000. The area of St. Johns Wood and its surrounding neighbourhood in NW8 is not ideal for those looking to take their first steps up the property ladder, not necessarily because of the prices in the area, but because the types of property available do not suit the typical first time buyers. Homes in the area are generally substantial family homes, or suitable as a pied a terre for the city worker. Unlike the rest of London, the larger homes have been divided into flats to a much lesser extent. This is possibly due to their villa style, as opposed to London’s typical terrace style, which lends itself more easily to conversions (there are some conversions on Alma Square ,though this is an exception to the rule). There are some two bed flats, such as can be found on Belvedere Heights, in Lisson Grove, in Charlbert Court on Charlbert Street, and in Grove Hall Court on Hall Road, all with asking prices of under £450,000. For over half a million pounds, it is possible to secure a two bedroom house on St James Terrace Mews whilst Apsley House and Townsend Court have highly desirable flats, again in purpose built blocks.

There are some three bedroom flats in the area, particularly in ex-local authority buildings, such as Olney House and Lavendon House on Paveley Street. Dixey House, also ex-council, is more attractive and slightly more expensive, but all will demand asking prices of under £325,000 for three bedrooms.
NW8, also known as St. Johns Wood is home to two rail stations. One underground and one overground. The first is St. Johns Wood station, which caters to the London underground Jubilee line. The second is South Hampstead station, which provides service to the London overground Watford DC line.

The night life in St. Johns wood is not as lively as some of its neighbouring areas. However, the pubs in the area have just as much character than any other. They are as follows: The Duke of York on St Anns Terrace, The Lords Tavern on St Johns Wood Road, The Ordinance Arms on Ordnance Hill, The Salt House on Abbey Road, and the Star on St Johns Wood Terrace.

Regents Park is within walking distance of St. Johns Wood. The park has vast amounts of space to run around or play a sport. Additionally, there is a boating lake where one can take waterskiing lessons or have a picnic.