Barnes nestles within a loop in the Thames between Richmond and Putney, and is just a short hop over Hammersmith Bridge for those north-of-the-river types.
Geographically contained by the river on three sides and by Barnes Common to the south, leafy Barnes retains a decidedly countrified air and is known for the strength of its schools including St. Paul’s and the Harrodian. At the heart of the village lies Barnes Pond and Green, and an attractive High Street lined with many independent restaurants, pubs and shops, including Seals the butcher who have served the area for more than 150 years.
The areas proximity to open spaces, including the Wetlands Centre and Richmond Park, make Barnes and its near neighbour Mortlake the ideal home for those wishing to combine swift access to London with the qualities of village life.
Barnes maintains a cornucopia of local clubs and societies and has benefitted from significant investment in recent years, not least the renovation of the old Olympic Studios on Church Road to create a fabulous cinema, The Olympic.
What the locals say…
Barnes has a special magnetic pull to it – since we moved here nearly 10 years ago, we have genuinely never thought of leaving. We haven’t found anywhere else in London which combines the great mix of tons of green space, outstanding schools and most importantly excellent pubs and restaurants to while away the evenings by the river. We’ve made amazing friends and feel fortunate to be bringing our young family up in somewhere that feels so safe and with such a strong community vibe that often feels missing in the rest of London.
Mr. & Mrs. D Peasley