What makes St John’s Wood so special?
There’s a great mix of people here – it’s a real international melting pot, close to the West End. From Highgate down to Regent’s Park, you have superb private schools – Channing, Francis Holland, Arnold House, the American School in London – which is a big draw for global residents. And in terms of property, St John’s Wood stands out for its big, detached villas with gardens.
It’s also very convenient. You can get to Heathrow quickly by car or train, and Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath and Kenwood House are almost on your doorstep. For a delightful walk, follow the towpath alongside the Regent’s Canal – you’ll find adorable cafés and a host of wildlife.
Which is your pick of the parks?
The secret garden in Regent’s Park is where I go. It’s officially called St John’s Lodge Gardens, and you’ll find it just north of the Inner Circle. It’s splendidly romantic.
What sort of properties can you find?
Avenue Road is popular: it runs from Swiss Cottage down to Regent’s Park, and houses here range from 5,000 to 30,000 square feet. They’re all detached villas with carriage driveways – the biggest houses you can buy close to central London with a substantial garden.