The top places to eat, drink, shop and explore in St John’s Wood…
Street Voice: Cecilia Colman Gallery
Specialising in hand-made modern glass and studio ceramics, Cecilia Colman’s contemporary art gallery is in the heart of St John’s Wood.
I am most passionate about ceramics, although we also stock glass and jewellery. I have many special ceramic pieces at home, and Lucie Rie, John Ward, Gordon Baldwin, Jonathan Middlemiss and Peter Beard are just some of my favourite artists. I don’t create ceramic work myself but I like to paint with oils.
Our artists and makers are 98% UK based and a handful of those live in and around North London. We are always excited to receive new work by talented makers who have their own distinctive and unique style. I am constantly searching for something decorative, different and beautiful.
We have some very exciting new pieces on show, including work by ceramic sculptor Christy Keeney; glass by Bob Crooks, Phil Atrill, Stuart Akroyd and Phil Vickery; and etched glass flowers, fish, butterflies and dragonflies by Julia Linstead.
St John’s Wood is the perfect place to relax on a Sunday. I sometimes go for afternoon tea with my three children and nine grandchildren at Maison Blanc, and I have dinner with friends at Fora.
67 St John’s Wood High Street
A veritable emporium of designer children’s clothes and toys, Igloo offers everything a stylish child could want. From Australian designer Tutu du Monde’s glamorous party dresses for girls, to Danish designer Mini A Ture’s everyday wear for active boys, Igloo draws together the very best of style from around the world.
80 St John’s Wood High Street
A beautiful Grade II-listed former Victorian gin palace, Crocker’s Folly was completely refurbished in 2014, and is now a thriving restaurant and bar. The modern European cuisine includes wild sea bass carpaccio, thyme marinated poussin and 28-day aged fillet of beef. The breathtaking Marble Room is the main dining space and features 50 kinds of marble, Romanesque columns, cut-glass chandeliers and carved mahogany.
24 Aberdeen Place
Melissa River Flowers
Melissa offers a luxury flower design service for weddings, corporate events and the home. The store has a dedicated room for wedding clients with portfolios of images and a sample table. Melissa also runs a design school at the store, where you can learn from a master of floristry.
83-85 Allitsen Road
Lord’s Cricket Ground
As well as hosting some of the world’s biggest Test matches, Lord’s is also home to the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum. Its collection, started in 1864, includes cricket’s most precious artefact, the original Ashes urn, gifted to England captain Ivo Bligh in 1882/83 and donated to the museum by his widow in 1928. From the museum you can depart on a guided tour of the grounds to admire legends on the honours boards and sit in the players’ dressing rooms.
St John’s Wood Road
The Winery import their entire range of wine and champagne themselves, venturing all over Europe and across the pond to California in search of the highest quality tipples. The independent shop offers almost 700 varieties, including their favourite Riesling grapes from Germany, and they also offer monthly informal tasting sessions, giving the chance to sample seven different wines.
4 Clifton Road
The Bread Shop
The Bread Shop offers an abundant selection of white, rye, seeded and 100% spelt products. Their specialities include the four-seed roll made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseed and millet seeds kneaded together with potato flakes and sourdough. Their 100% spelt breads are particularly healthy, as they are high in fibre and protein and low in gluten.
65 St John’s Wood High Street