020 7722 1917

62 St.John's Wood High Street
London, NW8 7SH
53 Abbey Road,
London, NW8 0AD


We are passionate about doing everything possible to avoid any sight loss that could be prevented, helping people to see the world clearly and comfortably, and offering spectacles that they want to wear.
It is our aim to do all this in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment where patients are treated as people. We are the most qualified opticians in St. Johns wood and serve neighbouring areas including Little Venice, Maida Vale, Kilburn, Highgate, Hampstead, Marylebone, Camden and Islington. We are also visited by many other patients from other areas due to our high eye test standards. We probably the only opticians in London who can prescribe eye medication.

About Us

Safarian & Simon Opticians Opticians was established in 1970: the heart of our business has always been to offer the best possible individual eye health care and personalised advice. Traditional values of taking time to explain your eyesight and giving you our honest opinion are the cornerstone of our business.

We offer NHS eye tests and comprehensive Private eye examinations for both glasses and contact lenses to maintain your optimum vision and ocular health as well as more specialist advanced examinations and aftercare at the request of ophthalmologists and laser surgeons.

Our Optometrist and Director Sachin Patel, is fully qualified and registered with the British College of Optometrists and the General Optical Council and has many years of clinical experience examining the vision of patients and advising them of their eye care options. Sachin and the practice are committed to continuous training and professional development in the field of optics to ensure that their knowledge and expertise is up to date. In recognition of their experience, new products and materials are made available to our practice for them to trial out before they are introduced to the British market.

Our qualified Dispensing Opticians are also registered with the General Optical Council, their professional training allowing them to dispense to children and adults. They are available to assist you in choosing glasses from our extensive range of designer frames and to advise you on the latest technology in lenses and coatings to suit your prescription.

As an independent practice compared to high street multiple, we have complete freedom to recommend and prescribe the most appropriate product to suit your eye care needs. We are not tied to a restricted range of lens types or manufacturers and as a result we are in a unique position to offer you a solution that best meets your visual requirements without compromise or limitation of choice.

Director Optometrist

Sachin Patel BSc MCOptom Dip TP(IP) Prof Cert Paed Eye Care,  Prof Cert Glaucoma, Prof Cert Medical Retina.

Graduated from Cardiff University and passed his professional qualifying exam first time under the stewardship of award winning Buchanan Optometrist in Kent. Thereafter he was employed as the sole resident optometrist at Dollond and Aitchison and thereafter Boots Opticians on Wigmore Street. On Wigmore Street he consulted for over ten years where thousands of patients and their eyes benefited from his expertise. For those years he was responsible for all eye health problems, complex prescriptions and contact lenses fitting. His ability to problem solve patient needs comes from a combination of his skill set and listening ability, this has allowed him to build up a great relationship with his patients. He also is one of a few optometrists who has an active interest in spectacle lens dispensing; this has served his patients well as he can recommend spectacle lenses to suit a patient’s needs during the eye examination.

Sachin quickly identified Optometrist referrals to GP’s and hospitals were showing a high false positive and negative statistics. This would waste valuable NHS resources, patient times and costly fees. By developing his specialist clinical skills working alongside Consultant ophthalmologists on Harley Street, Wimpole Street, St Johns and St Elizabeth Hospital, this has allowed him to closely relate eye health from high street to hospital setting for the patients to benefit by reducing anxiety and reducing unnecessary costs. He is also BUPA fee assured.

Sachin has passed his minor eye diseases (MECs) training which will allow him to provide a community service that was traditionally undertaken within hospitals. It has proven to be effective, cost-efficient, and is preferred by users who appreciate the convenience and reduction in appointment delays. He is qualified as an Independent Prescriber, which will allow him to privately prescribe medicines to treat front of eye diseases. He also holds above average post-graduate qualifications in paediatric eye care, Glaucoma and Medical Retina. We believe he is one of the most qualified optometrist in London backed up by his experience and gold standard equipment. 


Niamh qualified in Dublin in 1994 and has had a variety of work experience from the sunny Caribbean to London! She has been with Safarian and Simon for six years, she is loved by her regular following and often gets booked up in advance!








Manager/ Eyewear Specialist

Navin Pundu has created his own legacy by dispensing spectacles in his own unique way. He developed his skills on Wigmore Street at Dollond and Atichson and thereafter Boots opticians over a period of ten years.

In this time, he has been able recommend the perfect frame and spectacles lenses ideal to fit the patient. He is able to understand a patient needs from the cosmetic point and clinical aspect of the prescription. He has dedicated himself to make sure the patient receives the highest level of service and professionalism. It is not very often a customer will make a scheduled appointment to have their spectacles fitted!

He has dispensed a variety of frames and over a thousand Lindbergs in this time. Due to our Independent status, Navin now is the chief frame buyer for the practice and will tailor your spectacles needs even more.