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Paul Bennett, Director

Here at Behr & Butchoff we are thrilled to see people out and about again, with the spring weather and a loosening lockdown breathing new life into the St John’s Wood community. Finally being able to enjoy a meal that is not home cooked, sip a drink that is poured by a professional and shop for life’s superfluous delights is a joy.


The areas in and around St. John’s Wood are the very essence of non essential – bars, restaurants, independent stores, boutiques and hidden gems that we are very lucky to be patrons of. We’d love to share our local knowledge with you, so here are Behr & Butchoff’s 6 favourite essentials for your ‘non essentials’:


  1. The Ivy: All hail The Ivy on St. John’s Wood High Street, as it has reopened its terrace for outdoor dining. Much-loved favourites have returned to the menu and a new cocktail has been launched in celebration. The Passionate Spritz is a twist on the Aperol classic – cheers!


  1. Space NK: This cult beauty store has re-opened on St John’s Wood High Street – perfect timing as we adapt our skincare regimes for the spring and summer seasons. The friendly staff will also suggest products for those who struggle with pesky mask-wearing side effects.


  1. ba&sh: Loving lounge wear and elasticated waists but need to smarten up your act? Parisian high fashion brand ba&sh is back to help. Whip your wardrobe into shape for social gatherings with a trip to this inspiring and ever-so-chic ladies store on St John’s Wood High Street.


  1. Larizia: Can you ever have too many bags and shoes? If the answer is no, head straight to Larizia on St. John’s Wood High Street for the very best edit of designer belts and boots, trainers and totes, sandals and sunglasses, high heels and hats.


  1. Soutine: This restaurant takes inspiration from the boulevard cafés of Paris, so it’s only natural it was among the first to welcome outdoor trade. Dining is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, with eager eaters enjoying a new menu served to one of its al fresco tables.


  1. Living In Style Gallery: No more peeping through the window, as this art gallery cum furnishing store on Church Road in Marylebone is welcoming in-store custom once again. A curated array of collectable items, spanning furniture, lighting, mirrors and home accessories, awaits.


If you are visiting the St. John’s Wood area and would like to make it a permanent home, contact Behr & Butchoff for a list of our available properties to buy and rent in the NW8 area.