Hampstead vs St John’s Wood – what’s the right option for you?

Are you looking for a more tranquil and relaxed version of London life? You can find it in the northwestern area of the capital.  North West London’s areas are affluent, friendly, and filled with options for quasi-village life, yet they are also unexpectedly diverse. 

Two such areas are Hampstead and St John’s Wood. But which one is the better option for you? Let’s find out. 


Are you thinking of moving to Hampstead? Some people believe that living in Hampstead indicates that you have attained the peak of London life. This is because it provides tranquil, picturesque countryside surroundings just a few minutes away from Central London and bustling locations such as Camden, yet without sacrificing convenience.

It comes as no surprise that Hampstead has attracted celebrities, artists, authors, and poets who take advantage of the area’s inspirational cobblestone lanes and substantial open spaces.

Why Choose Hampstead?

Hampstead, an affluent residential community in London’s northwest, offers a wonderful quality of life and a distinct community vibe. Some of the best eateries may be found along West End Lane’s High Street. In addition, there are booksellers, gyms, boutiques, and a farmer’s market in this quaint area.

The area is ideal for raising a family as it offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for kids after school, a decent selection of local schools, and a strong sense of belonging and mutual respect among the people. 

For many families, Hampstead is a place they’ll call home for many years to come.  It is also an ideal place for young professionals who want to live close to the centre of London but also want access to excellent public transportation options. You can take the Jubilee Line directly to Bond Street in just 10 minutes, and you can also take the Thameslink to Gatwick Airport or travel to East and South London. 

St John’s Wood 

St John’s Wood is a beautiful and tranquil village in the heart of London, and it is one of the city’s most affluent residential areas. There are magnificent villa-type homes along the edge of Regent’s Park and a picturesque high street full of retailers, making this a desirable location for professionals.

Why Choose St John’s Wood?

Located in Zone 2, St. John’s Wood is adjacent to Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park and has a cosmopolitan and rich population while still maintaining a village atmosphere. For cricket aficionados, Lord’s Cricket Ground is a must-see, as well as the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the Beatles.

The area has a variety of architectural types, including huge detached homes with stunning gardens, mansion blocks, newer buildings with rooftop terraces and common gardens, and peaceful tree-lined lanes with terraced Victorian houses.

Aside from the abundance of green spaces, restaurants, pubs, and cafés, moving to St John’s Wood is a wise decision owing to its proximity to the commercial areas of Canary Wharf, Bond Street, and Mayfair, all of which are accessible by the Jubilee Line. 

Moreover, St John’s Wood is a calm refuge just 6 minutes by tube from Oxford Street, making it a perfect location for families drawn to the area by prestigious institutions such as the American School of London.

Contact Laurence Leigh Residential

Please contact Laurence Leigh Residential if you would like more information on what makes North West London such a desirable location for buyers and renters. As an estate agent in St John’s Wood, we offer a large number of homes for sale and rent in the surrounding area, as well as in Regents Park, Hampstead, and Marylebone. 


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