Make the most of summer in the city this year and explore what’s on your doorstep here in London. St John’s Wood is one of London’s most renowned urban residential districts, surrounded by beautiful parks, famous attractions and plenty of fun activities to keep you and the family entertained. Be inspired by our selection of ideas to help you plan the perfect day out in the area.
Soak up the view
Known for its impressive views, Primrose Hill is the perfect hangout on a good weather day. Once you see the spectacular city skyline from the top of the hill, you’ll understand why it’s such a popular spot to visit in London. If you’re lucky enough to go when the sun is shining, you’ll be able to see landmarks such as The London Eye and The Shard. Primrose Hill also boasts a market every Saturday, which draws both locals and tourists in each weekend. Just a short walk from Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Camden Town, there’s plenty more to see nearby for a fun packed day out.
Visit ‘The Home of Cricket’
Universally known as the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lord’s cricket ground is situated in the heart of St John’s Wood. Since Thomas Lord founded it in 1787, Lord’s Cricket Ground has become the world’s most famous cricket venue. Book onto a guided tour of the ground to hear about the history of MCC and Lord’s from various locations around the ground or, if you’re lucky, get your hands on some tickets for one of the matches. Holding around 500 cricket matches a year, there are plenty of opportunities to spectate and experience the atmosphere of Lord’s.
Get close to nature
ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. With over 700 species and 20,000 animals, it’s an expansive and highly interactive dive into the wild. Set in Regent’s Park amid iconic architecture and stunning gardens, it certainly is an oasis in the heart of the city. Come face to face with majestic lions and get close with the world’s tallest mammal from their giraffe viewing platform. If you have little ones, make sure you stop by the Animal Adventure Zone which is designed with low barriers to allow animal lovers to come-up close with porcupines, mongooses and other curious animals.
Drink and dine
St John’s Wood offers a great mix of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can dine morning, noon and night. For breakfast, you simply cannot go wrong with Laurents’ delectable selection of pastries. If you’re after an evening of wining and dining in style, we recommend visiting Soutine – their French inspired menu will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to Paris. Whether you’re after a quick bite to eat or a 3-course a la carte meal, there is something to suit all occasions and every palate
Shop ‘til you drop
From independent boutiques to well-known high street names, St John’s Wood is an idyllic shopping district in the heart of North West London. As you explore the high street, you’ll find the likes of RIXO, ba&sh, Zadig & Voltaire, Joseph and many more. Each store is excellently managed by expert staff, who are always on hand to offer advice or private appointments for a personally tailored experience. After a long day of shopping, refuel at one of the chic eateries that stretch the high street.