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St. John's Wood, London

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St John's Wood is a district of north-west London, in the City of Westminster, and on the north-west side of Regent's Park. It is about 2.5 miles (4 km) 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 a very affluent neighbourhood, with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the 5th most expensive postcode in London based on the average home price in 2007. According to a 2014 property agent survey, St. John's Wood residents pay the highest average rent in all of London.In 2013, the price of housing in St John's Wood reached exceptional levels. Avenue Road had more than 10 large mansions/villas for sale. The most expensive had an asking price of £65 million, with the cheapest at £15 million. The remainder were around £25 million.HistorySt 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, and one of the most expensive areas of London.St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and the original headquarters of cricket. 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.
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  • This neighbourhood stands out due to its classy houses and the who 's who of the celebrities who have mansions with huge gardens here . Beautifully tree lined avenues adorn the side walks . Close to t...  more »
  • An upmarket residential suburb conveniently located near Regent's Park and Abbey Road Studios. Its a leafy suburb popular among celebrities. wealthy professionals and the odd intellect. It was purpose...  more »
  • We have been living in the area for three years now and love it. It offers so much and is so central. Fabulous restaurants on the High Street, amazing clothes shops and has a lovely feeling about it. ...  more »

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