There are lots of charming districts in London, each with their own unique character and a wide variety of great things to see and do. If you’re close to St John’s Wood, then here are a few of the fantastic attractions right on your doorstep…
ZSL London Zoo
There’s few days out quite as fun as a trip to the zoo, and London is blessed with one of the very best. Home to more than 12,000 animals, at ZSL London Zoo you can not only meet a wide range of incredible creatures, but also help support the ongoing conservation work the zoo conducts, all while staying at the Chilworth. Perfect for families, there are daily shows where you can get close to the wildlife who live here, and there is even a special children’s zoo and activities for budding zookeepers. If you’re eager to experience a London mainstay in St John’s Wood, this should definitely make the list.
London’s many scenic green spaces help to set the city apart, and Primrse Hill is one of the most famous. The surrounding area is noted for its high concentration of celebrity homes, but the space itself is far from glitzy or glamorous – instead, this grassy hill provides great views and a range of appealing restaurants, pubs and cafes where you can grab a few drinks or a bite to eat while making the most of London hotels special offers. Not only can you enjoy fantastic views of the London skyline from here, but after scaling the heights of Primrose Hill it’s only a short walk to Camden Town, a trendy hotspot for local shopping and sightseeing.
The name Little Venice is inspired by the infamous Italian city, and derives from the many waterways which line this delightful part of St John’s Wood. While it doesn’t much resemble Venice, it certainly provides an unusual spot in London which comes complete with a laid back atmosphere and plenty of great little cafes, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a sightseeing trip along the water. You can follow the water on foot by strolling along the dockside for around 2.5 miles, and might even stumble upon the best afternoon tea in London during your journey.
Abbey Road Studios
There are few recording studios as famous as Abbey Road, and the building itself is situated in St John’s Wood. If you’re a fan of music staying locally, then a visit to the notorious zebra crossing outside is a must! The studios are also open to the public, and though the building is fairly unobtrusive, its rich with musical and cultural history. Abbey Road Studios was first build at a private home in 1830, before beginning its life as a studio in 1931. The studio is famed not only for rock n’ roll, but for a wide range of film scores and orchestral recordings.