From the links to music and cricket history to the luxury apartments and fine dining, here are five reasons to visit St John’s Wood next time you’re in London
Visit Abbey Road Studios and the iconic zebra crossing
This leafy and prosperous part of England’s capital will definitely be at the top of the list for anyone visiting London who counts The Beatles as one of their favourite bands. Abbey Road Studios is one of the most famous recording studios in the world because of its association with the Fab Four (as well as many other iconic music legends) over the last 90 years.
"The Beatles recorded 190 songs at Abbey Road between 1962 and 1970 and named their 1969 last album after the street"
The Beatles recorded 190 of their 210 songs at Abbey Road between 1962 and 1970 and named their 1969 last album after the street they’d spent almost a decade at. The cover of that record portrays the band walking over the famous zebra crossing, just a few minutes from St John’s Wood Underground station or directly outside Abbey Studios via where the 139 or 189 buses stop. Visit the studio to go to the Abbey Road Shop and write on the legendary studio wall.
Stay at Sanctum Regent’s Park Luxury Apartments
Known for their passion and quality, Regent’s Park Sanctum Luxury Apartments are the perfect place to stay at the heart of St John’s Wood at 28-32 Wellington Road. Why not treat yourself and opt for a Luxury Serviced Apartment, complete with complimentary wireless internet access, LED TVs in all bedrooms and the living room, a high-quality kitchen and bathroom, 24-hour reception and concierge, laundry facilities, complimentary maid service, air conditioning and underfloor heating. There’s even an on-site gym.
"Known for their quality, Regent’s Park Sanctum Luxury Apartments are the perfect place to stay at the heart of St John’s Wood"
The guest experience is second to none and Sanctum Luxury Apartments offer large and beautiful surroundings for your adventuring in the area. With everything from a one-person Studio Deluxe to the Regent’s Suite (five double bedrooms, six bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen and spacious living/dining area)—the One Bedroom Deluxe is a perfect choice for a couple visting—you can enjoy St John’s Wood solo, as a pair or with lots of family and friends in true luxury!
Visit Lord’s Cricket Ground
If you’re a cricket fan as well as a Beatles listener then St John’s Wood is your dream destination. The legendary Lord’s Cricket Ground, established 210 years ago, is a must-visit. With match days starting in April, why not time your visit to coincide with catching a game at this historic theatre of sport?
Even on days when there’s not a cricket match happening, there’s plenty of options. Tours and a museum (the world's oldest sports museum), afternoon tea, a playing experience or a dressing room experience are all available that will be an amazing way to spend time on your visit to the area while making memories that will last a lifetime.
Eat and drink on St John’s Wood High Street
A renowned and stunning high street, St John’s Wood High Street is an essential place to go whether you’re looking to have a special dinner to celebrate an occasion or spoil them with some shopping.
"A high-end, vibrant high street you simply must visit to enjoy the restaurants and quality shopping"
There’s a great mix of cafes and bars, including The Ivy, Ritu London, AT feast, Hummingbird Bakery and Panzer’s Deli. From luxury homeware shops (Lords At Home) and fashion (Les 100 Ciels, REISS), to premium skincare brands (Aesop, Space NK), shopping here is essential. A high-end, vibrant high street you must visit to enjoy the restaurants and quality shopping.
Visit Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill
St John’s Wood is a short walk or cab ride away from some of London’s most spectacular green spaces. Take a break from the exciting high streets and iconic sports and music locations to unwind and relax.
Regent’s Park, one of the Royal Parks of London, dates back to the 1800s. Head to Queen Mary’s Garden, which poet Sylvia Plath described as a “wonderland”. It also includes London’s largest outdoor sports area, The Hub and has a lake where you can hire a boat too. A final, unmissable move to finish your trip is the short hike up to the top of Primrose Hill for one of the best views over the city of London, which has inspired artists and poets for generations.
Banner photo: Abbey Road Studios by Josh Withers
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