Food & Beverage
We are surrounded by some amazing food shops. In St John’s Wood itself there is of course the legendary Panzer’s where you can find almost anything it seems. They carry a lot of specialist food (including American and Russian produce to name but a few).
We have two fishmongers in the area: Browns of St John’s Wood (minutes from the High Street) and Coastline on Abbey Road.
Boxes delivered to your house is another good option. I have used Abel & Cole since 2004 and love them. You can get a huge variety of boxes from them including lots of different produce such as fish, meat, dairy products, pantry and cleaning products, and much more.
Other companies delivering boxes are Riverford and Farmdrop to name just two more.
Since it started, I have been a very happy customer of Good In Bread too. Delicious sourdough bread delivered straight to your door.
There are farmers markets everywhere around London and they are wonderful to go to. The nearest one to St John’s Wood is on Eton Avenue in Swiss Cottage and about 30 seconds away from Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre on the other side of Hampstead Theatre. This farmers’ market is on every Wednesday morning till around 2 pm.
There is also a farmers’ market in West Hampstead (outside the new rail station building), one in Queen’s Park and one in Marylebone in the parking lot behind Waitrose on Marylebone High Street.
To find your nearest one, check with London Farmers Markets.
My favourite place in the area (I think they have the best coffee) is Unico and it is situated on the High Street.
Laurent’s Deli is a lovely addition to the High Street. You can find lots of sweet and savoury items.
Gail’s, situated just off St John’s Wood High Street, is another popular place. I love their cakes, bread and salads.
The Hummingbird Bakery opened during autumn of 2022 and is already a firm favourite for cakes.
The Good Life Eatery, Starbucks, Panzer’s, Pret-a-Manger, Johnny Green and Notes Coffee are other popular places for coffee, cakes and more.
Some of the most family friendly places in St John’s Wood are probably Pizza Express on Abbey Road and AT feast which is an all-day eatery where you can have coffee or proper meals.
The Ivy – Situated on the High Street itself, this has quickly established itself as must go place. There are changing facilities downstairs and I have found them to be family friendly.
Soutine – Parisian chic on St John’s Wood High Street.
L’Aventure – A French restaurant that has been around forever. It has seen many a proposal…
Oslo Court – This is another restaurant that has been around for longer than one can imagine. It is also quite an experience to go.
The Duke of York – One of the longest standing pubs in the area and situated at the top of the High Street.
Café Med – A real neighbourhood restaurant with an open fire for winter and a wonderful terrace too.
Morso – A real Italian neighbourhood gem.
Maido Sushi – Sit-down or sushi to take away.
Chucs – From coffee to cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
The New Inn – They offer traditional roasts to cocktails.
Sushi Atelier at Panzer’s – Another great sushi place available for eating there or to have at home.
Sahara – Lebanese food on St John’s Wood High Street
Fora – Turkish restaurant just off St John’s Wood High Street.
The Clifton NW8 – A gastro pub where you can get a good Sunday roast as well as other tasty dishes.
Singapore Garden – Here you can find lots of interesting dishes. This is technically in South Hampstead, but just on the border of St John’s Wood, so many locals go.
Atari-Ya – My Japanese friend loves the sushi here; since the Covid-19 pandemic, this has turned into more of a shop, but you can still order sushi to take away.
Crocker’s Folly – Wonderful Lebanese food in a stunning setting.
Kotta Sushi – The is a tiny hole-in-the-wall place and the sushi is divine.