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St John's Wood
PostCode District NW8
Borough City of Westminster
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St John's Wood is an area in North West London, located in the City of Westminster.


The name was recorded in Latin as Boscum Prioris Sancti Johannis at the end of the 13th century, when the land came into the possession of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. The English name was first mentioned in 1524.[1]

In the 19th century, St John’s Wood acquired various vaguely nicknames, like Apostle’s Grove and the Grove of the Evangelist.[2]


Henry Samuel Eyre, a London wine merchant, purchased the land from the Earl of Chesterfield in 1732.[3]

In 1794, the Eyres family commissioned a plan that would have seen St John’s Wood laid out in the same style as Bath but this did not happen due to the recession during the Napoleonic Wars.[4]

The Hungarian film producer Alexander Korda lived on Avenue Road from 1933 to 1939 and the composer Benjamin Britten lived on St John’s Wood High Street during the mid 1940s.[5]