If you’re moving here, one of the first things you’ll realize about the city is that your entire life will be governed for the most part by which area you live in. You’ll need to establish what you needs are before you begin living in London to give you a good idea of where you should live. For the next couple of weeks I’m going to delve a little deeper into the amenities and services as well as the average prices in the more popular residential areas and what they can off the international Londoner.

North London – St. John’s Wood

This is one of the more expensive suburbs, with rentals ranging from £1000 per week for a studio apartment to £10,000 per week for a luxury four bedroom home on one of the better streets. It’s popular with expats and a few celebs. The proximity to central London is an excellent reason to choose a rental in this neighborhood.

Transport: Located northwest of central London, the tube station is called St. John’s Wood which is found on the Jubilee Line of the London Underground. A trip into the very centre of London is going to take you about ten minutes so it’s great for commuters if you need to be centrally located. There is a 24 hour bus service into Oxford (number 189) or to Victoria (number 82) during the day.

Council Information: St. John’s Wood falls under the Council Borough of Westminster and you can expect your annual council taxes to range from £500 to about £1400.

Shopping: There is a Tesco metro and Tesco Express in St. John’s Wood, but Marks and Spencer’s or Waitrose are located outside of this suburb. Great news though – you can have your groceries delivered right to your kitchen counter from many of the large grocery stores.

Doctors: You can find NHS doctors at The Abbey Medical Centre and St. John’s Wood Medical Surgery.

Other Amenities: You’re close to Regents Park and Primrose Hill and there is an excellent public library on Circus Road – the St. John’s Wood Library. There are a several excellent restaurants and bars in the suburb and you’ll have problem finding a local watering hole. The international mix of residents has meant that there are a number of very good state schools and public schools in the area.