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St. John's Wood, Maida Vale & Regent's Park

Also Includes

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Postcode Areas Covered

NW1, NW8 and W9

Our Summary

These are very safe and prosperous areas of London which boast beautiful homes and a good family environment.

General Description

St. John's Wood is immediately to the north of the main downtown area. It was originally the woodlands belonging to the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and was developed into the well regarded residential area it is today during the 17th and 18th centuries. A lot of the houses from that time were bombed during both world wars and the area again underwent a redevelopment in the 1960's, but kept the traditional feel. The area is one of the most sought after places to live in London as it has a 'village' feel about it, yet is still very central. Amenities in the area are very good and the transport connections both by underground and road make it easy to get either into London or out to the suburbs.

Maida Vale and Little Venice are areas laying to the east of St John's Wood. Maida Vale derived its name from the Battle of Maida of 1806 where the British defeated the French on Italian ground. Shortly after the battle, a pub was opened on the Edgware Road called the Hero of Maida, and the name slowly grew to mean the area surrounding it. Little Venice is the name given to the houses bordering the Regent's canal. These are Maida Avenue and Blomfield Road. The name 'Little Venice' was given as comparisons are made between here and the Italian city. Today these are popular residential areas, and whilst they have restricted amenities, both are very close to the West End or Hampstead.

Regent’s Park is one of the royal parks of London with 410 acres of mainly open parkland. It houses the largest outdoor sports area in central London, the country’s largest waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird as well as Open Air Theatre, London Zoo and Primrose Hill. In the Middle Ages the land was the property of Barking Abbey until Henry Vlll seized it after the dissolution of the Monasteries, since then the area has been the property of the crown. The prestigious residential area offers beautiful views over the park and together with the central location make it a desirable place to live.

Travel Times

From St. John's Wood to... By Car By Train/Tube
Heathrow Airport 18 miles, 35 mins 40 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 42 miles, 65 mins 50 mins (1 change)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

In St John’s Wood and Maida Vale you will find tall, white stucco-fronted houses alongside Victorian red-bricked houses. There is a high percentage of properties that still remain as individual residences, although some have been converted into flats. The areas attract families and professional couples who want to be close to the centre of London but without the hustle and bustle found in the more central locations.

Regent’s Park has terraced houses to the South, East and most of the West side of the park. Known as Nash Terraces, after architect John Nash, these splendid stucco style properties still continue to mainly be family homes. The prices of properties reflect their central location and proximity to the park.

The proximity of the American School of London keeps rental prices for family homes to higher than average levels.

St. John's Wood, Maida Vale & Regent's Park
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £290,000 - £495,000 £190 - £600 per week
1 bed £350,000 - £1,000,000 £250 - £850 per week
2 bed £400,000 - £2,000,000+ £360 - £950 per week
3-4 bed £625,000 - £2,000,000+ £500 - £1100+ per week
5+ bed £2,000,000+ £1300+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is City of Westminster and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.westminster.gov.uk/schools-and-learning

The area is popular for its local independent schools, although there are also many state schools. The American School in London is based here attracting a large American community.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

City of Westminster is the administrative authority responsible for most of the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.westminster.gov.uk
www.westminster.gov.uk/council-tax

A small section of this area comes under the authority of Camden Council. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.camden.gov.uk
camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/council-tax

The police authority for the area is Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
content.met.police.uk/Home

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

St. John's Wood High Street is the main area for shops. You will find day to day stores such as chemists, bakers and newsagents here, as well as a number of exclusive boutiques for the well-heeled. Small local stores can be found on Boundary Road, Abbey Road, and Circus Road. For a wider choice of every day stores, Finchley Road, Hampstead has a good selection.

Shopping in Maida Vale is not restricted to one specific road but instead is made up of small parades of shops found in Clifton Road, Shirland Avenue, Lauderdale Road, Lanark Road and Randolph Avenue. Shops found along the Maida Vale and Edgware Road tends to be of ethnic origin rather than the mainstream shops found in the West End but can be home to a few bargains.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

Home Search Programmes

Leisure Facilities

Ultimate Evolution Fitness - offers gym and personal training, sports massage and osteopathy.
ultimateevolution.co.uk

Lord’s Health and Fitness Centre - overlooks the famous Nursery Ground offering an exclusive personal fitness gym with quality and expertly trained staff.
www.nealtraining.com/lords

Paddington Sports Club - offers sports and fitness as we as a wide variety of social activities for its members.
psclondon.com

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre - has two heated swimming pools, fitness centre, exercise studios, climbing wall, squash courts, health and beauty, steam and sauna rooms.
www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure/sport-and-physical-activity/sports-centres/swiss-cottage-leisure-centre

Although there are no cinemas in the area themselves, there is an Odeon situated at Swiss Cottage and a Vue cinema in Finchley Road.
www.odeon.co.uk
www.myvue.com

Local Attractions

Lords Cricket Ground - the 'home' of cricket is the world famous cricket ground and is open for tours.
www.lords.org

London Zoo - situated within Regent's Park and home to more than 600 species of animals.
www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

Regent's Park and Primrose Hill - large Royal Park with a boating lake, landscaped gardens and plenty of things to do.
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park

Regent's Canal - runs from Little Venice to Camden. Take a boat trip or walk along the tow-paths.
www.canalmuseum.org.uk/boat-trip.htm

O2 Centre - entertainment and retail outlet which has bars, restaurants and cinema.
www.o2centre.co.uk

Sherlock Holmes Museum - portrays the 'life' of the great detective.
www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk

Madame Tussauds - the world famous wax work museum
www2.madametussauds.com

Abbey Road Studios - most famous for where the Beatles recorded hundreds of their songs. The studios are not open to the public but the famous zebra crossing, pictured on the Abbey Road album, is still in existence and a very popular location for tourists to take photographs
www.abbeyroad.com

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