ST JOHN'S WOOD:
St John's Wood is a district of north-west London, England, in the City of Westminster, and at the north-west end of Regent's Park. It is approximately 2.5 miles north-west of Charing Cross. Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was later owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem.
The postcode NW8 (St. John's Wood) was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 5th most expensive postcode in London and the United Kingdom, with an average home sale price of nearly £2 million ($3.5 million). It is home to some of the most expensive properties in the world.
St 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.
Self-contained and prosperous, St John's Wood High Street boasts a high proportion of independent retailers
St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and original headquarters of the sport. 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. Paul McCartney has owned a property in the area since the 1960s along with many other famous music and film stars.
The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery formerly resided at a barracks in St. John's Wood. The regiment moved to Woolwich on 6 February 2012; the barracks is to be demolished and developed as housing.
Philosopher A.J. Ayer was born and grew up in the area, as did Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, and the former Wrights' home is now home to supermodel Kate Moss. Actor Damian Lewis was born in St John's Wood. The Rolling Stones referenced it in their song "Play With Fire". Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones lived on Carlton Hill, at the northern edge of St John's Wood, in the 1960s, as detailed in his 2010 autobiography, "Life". The director, wit and physician Jonathan Miller was born into a wealthy family in the area.