Escape the thronging crowds with a journey to St John’s Wood; a sedate area characterised by its low-key boutique shopping, art deco architecture and its proximity to one of the City’s most gorgeous green spaces. Filled with inviting restaurants, musical landmarks and a breathtaking view from Primrose Hill, St John’s Wood is an unassuming jewel in London’s crown.
From the infamous zebra crossing to a nightcap at a local pub, we’ve got the ultimate step-by-step guide for making the most of a day out in St John’s Wood.
09:00 – Fego Cafe
64 St John’s Wood High St, NW8 7SH
Any cafe that introduces itself by making it clear it doesn’t ‘believe in rules’ gets a yes from us. Fego Cafe encourage customers to use the cafe in any way they see fit.; whether this includes bringing your laptop or a board game, Fego staff don’t pass judgement or hassle you if you find yourself spending two hours having a coffee.
Fego favourites for starting the day off right include spicy scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, a full mediterranean and smoked salmon hot pots. Fego like to keep everyone happy so they also offer more traditional breakfasts and clean eating options.
10:00 – Lord’s Cricket Ground
St John’s Wood Rd, NW8 8QN
Just a 5 minute walk from breakfast is the home of cricket… Lord’s Cricket Ground. Hosting 500 matches a year, it’s no surprise this is one of the foremost attractions is St John’s Wood. With a museum, shop and guided tours available, this is the place to immerse yourself in cricket history. Tours last for 1 hour 40 minutes and enable visitors to sit in the seats of the dressing rooms, follow in the footsteps of their cricketing heroes through the Long Room and see the famous Ashes Urn in person.
12:00 – Abbey Road
Just 10 minutes from the Lord’s Cricket Ground is one of the most easily recognised landmarks in St John’s Wood – and in rock and roll history: the famous zebra crossing where the Beatles were photographed for the cover of their Abbey Road album. Hundreds visit from far and wide just to cross the street and replicate the image, just yards from Abbey Road Studio where some of the world’s most legendary albums were recorded.
12:45 – Sahara Restaurant
7 St John’s Wood High St, NW8 7NG
As breakfast begins to wear off, it’s time to indulge in some Lebanese delights for lunch. Serving a selection of meze, salads, sandwiches, charcoal-grilled main courses and vegetarian options, Sahara is an NW8 favourite.
14:30 – ZSL London Zoo
Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
Whether you’re on a date, with family or with a group of friends, the world’s oldest scientific zoo is always a great choice for an awe-inspiring combination of nature and history. Stroll through Regent’s Park with a hot drink in hand and try and decide where you’ll head first: Gorilla Kingdom, Butterfly Paradise or Tiger Territory. Either way, you’ll be spending the afternoon meeting fascinating creatures from all corners of the world.
17:00 – Primrose Hill
Watch the sunset over the City surrounded by jaw-dropping views from Primrose Hill. Since Bridget Jones highlighted its beauty, Primrose Hill has become a popular celebrity-spotting ground. Look out for landmarks in the distance, relax as night draws in and reflect on a day well-spent in St John’s Wood.
18:30 – The New Inn
2 Allitsen Rd, NW8 6LA
Before your day comes to an end, your final pitstop has to be at one of the many pubs in St John’s Wood. With perfectly executed pub grub to round out your journey – and a wide selection of nightcaps to warm you up – The New Inn is the perfect place to call your local or relax in a cosy, traditional environment that makes you feel instantly at home.
BED – Strathmore Court Apartments
143 Park Road, NW8 7HY
Such a fun-filled day deserves to end in style. Residential Land residents can take a short stroll after a few drinks back to our Strathmore Court Apartments, settling down for a good night’s rest ina prestigious Art Deco mansion block with fabulous views over Regent’s Park.