Moving to London’s Northwest Side
Generally a leafy and green, family-friendly region, the northwest shows a gentler, less urban side to the capital to consider if you’re searching for flats in London. Indeed, St. John’s Wood in particular feels more like an upscale suburb than a city neighborhood and is one of the more expensive areas to rent or buy houses in London. Popular with expats, a few celebs, and the ultra wealthy, perhaps the more obvious appeal for Americans moving to London is the only school located in the city proper that provides an American curriculum for continuity in education—the aptly named American School in London (ASL).
Even if you don’t have children (or your child isn’t enrolled in ASL), the locale has a ready network of expatriates and meets a high standard of living. It’s a quiet and safe area of tree-lined avenues, nice shops, cafés, and parks, and is also very close to the substantial green space of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. The “Home of Cricket” where the Marylebone Cricket Club plays at Lord’s Cricket Ground, St. John’s Wood is also the location of Abbey Road Studios and the crosswalk made famous by The Beatles Abbey Road album (along with tourists constantly crossing the zebra stripe for a photo opp!).
Depending on where the particular St. John’s Wood apartments you’re searching are located, the neighborhood has its own tube station of same name that services the Jubilee line; otherwise, the Bakerloo line runs out of the surrounding Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue, and Edgware stations. One stop along the Jubilee line from St. John’s Wood also connects you to the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith, and Metropolitan lines at Baker Street station in Marylebone. Eight bus routes stop at St. John’s Wood station, and there are likewise several coach bus services that travel to locations outside London, including Luton and Stansted airports. Otherwise, if you’re keen on biking, take note if there are any Barclays bikes parked near the St. John’s Wood apartments you check out—the neighborhood has nine docking stations scattered about.
Finding St. John’s Wood Apartments
Looking for the best London apartments for rent is taxing anywhere in the city because the local agencies don’t use MLS to share their listings with each other. If you’re interested in viewing St. John’s Wood apartments in particular, you might consider consulting with a relocation agency like London Relocation first to understand the demand in that specific property market and how it’s affecting current availability and rent prices.
London Relocation, for instance, can gather a portfolio of 18 to 25 different London rentals in that area or elsewhere if you want to truly exhaust the market and view these flats in only one day. And we pride ourselves on our personalized client service, addressing all of your moving needs—be it shipping and freight, setting up a bank account and utilities, or even obtaining your UK visa to begin with if you’re planning a move from abroad. We’re expatriates, too, who have had to get acquainted with the city and its processes the hard way, so now that we’re officially experts on London, we’ll do everything we can to make your move here as stress-free and seamless as possible.
Otherwise, your task is to walk into individual estate agencies in St. John’s Wood and view a handful of flats at a time; to see all options open to you there, you’ll need to visit multiple different ones. Even if you have the time and inclination to do this, just know that London apartments do move quickly off agency listings given all the people constantly moving to London (and within it)—don’t make a hasty, uneducated decision, but also don’t dawdle too long between scheduling viewings and making a final decision.