Welcome to Barnes
Living in Barnes offers residents a village way of life that many seek to find in London’s bustling districts. Nature reserves, green spaces and bodies of water surround streets with sought-after homes suitable for young families, all within a commutable distance to central London. A sense of community, backed with amenities, stellar shopping locations and destination pubs and bars, rounds out Barnes to become a very desirable neighbourhood.
Did you know?
Over 95% of Barnes high street stores are independently run, the highest percentage in the UK.
Actor Stanley Tucci, composer Sir Tim Rice and TV presenter Holly Willoughby all call Barnes home.
Brilliant transport links
Waterloo Station is just 25 minutes from Barnes Bridge. Heathrow is a 30-minute drive away.
The area’s station, Barnes Bridge, has regular trains to Waterloo, putting you in central London in just 25 minutes via South-Western Trains. With Heathrow just a 30-minute drive away, travel options for business or leisure are conveniently close by. Though with plenty to do locally, along with the charming village atmosphere, there’s little reason to stray far.
Considering a move to Barnes Village? This picturesque, sought-after location combines a sense of serene village life with a thriving and diverse business community. Shops, boutiques and cafes are largely independent, and residents here feel a strong sense of community. Living in Barnes Village also gives you access to one of the area’s excellent primary schools. Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated Barnes Primary School attracts young families to the area who are looking for amenities to complement the appeal of the open space of Barnes Green and the historic duck pond. Barnes Bridge station connects commuters to wider London, and Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow are all under an hour’s drive by car.
These waterside developments boast excellent amenities and close proximity to the London Wetlands Centre, not to mention the River Thames right on its doorstep.
The riverside apartments in Barnes Waterside have brought new life to the banks of the River Thames. Converted Grade II-listed buildings house desirable apartments and townhouses, while the Harrods Village properties come with an abundance of luxury amenities. Hammersmith Station is just a short walk across the Hammersmith Bridge, where the Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Piccadilly takes commuters and shoppers into central London. If you have older children, the highly regarded St Paul’s School is within walking distance. A little further afield, the Swedish School provides ‘Outstanding’ education for early years through to sixth form, making the area particularly appealing to overseas families relocating to London. The wetlands and nature reserve of the London Wetland Centre provide delightful walks and views for residents.
Little Chelsea, with its quaint village feel and charming Victorian cottages to match, is one of those areas where you feel worlds away from London. Independent cafes, delis and boutiques are the gems attracting a constant stream of loyal regulars.
Little Chelsea is a sought-after corner of SW13, not just for its picturesque streets and period homes, but for its proximity to the aforementioned Barnes Primary School. The prestigious nature of schools in this area makes it a desirable choice for renting and owning a home alike. Independents-wise, there’s plenty on offer. From the low-key pizza and pub offering The Doghouse, to the upmarket riverside restaurant Rick Stein. That’s not to mention a charming selection of cafés and delicatessens. Little Chelsea’s residents enjoy a true village-within-a-village atmosphere perfect for those seeking a relaxed pace of life.
The best of Barnes: things to do
Barnes’ dining scene is just as eclectic as the range of independent boutiques in the area. A core contingent of neighbourhood restaurants provides options from weekday treats to celebratory fine dining.
Barnes residents looking for on-the-go treats pop into Church Road’s &Feast cafe. The core business is event catering, but the cafe allows residents to sample its recipes at breakfast and lunch. The supper clubs are the real hit, where the cocktails and canapés shore up a seasonal menu.
Tucked away in a Victorian courtyard with beautiful views, this spot by the River Thames captured Rick Stein’s heart. The seafood menu features the fine dining you’d expect from the Stein brand, with tasting notes from the Southwest and beyond. River view tables are always highly coveted.
Church Road Restaurant
This restaurant gets a mention in the Michelin guide for its excellent, inventive menu. The chic but laid-back surroundings are equally suited to a mid-week meal or special evening. Be sure to try the pop-up wine room for pairings, pies and puddings.
Take your seat on a terrace spot on the River Thames or in a snug nook by a log fire. Barnes’ destination pubs always have something a little different to offer, whilst pairing well with the area’s traditional Sunday roast provision.
Ye White Hart
Perched on The Terrace, Ye White Hart’s as popular for its range of Young’s ales as it is for the River Thames views. In spring and summer, the pub’s terrace is an idyllic spot to watch life on the Thames float by. In winter, comfy sofas prove just the place to unwind during chilly weekends.
Being a Fuller’s pub doesn’t stop the Red Lion showcasing stellar picks from the region’s craft breweries. A destination pub that likes to surprise, in summer this is the place to experience Shakespeare in the Garden. A great pick for Sunday roasts and, when the weather allows, the open log fires add a cosy touch.
This independent pub makes the most of being able to serve and showcase any supplier. An ever-changing beer and ale menu is the Sun Inn’s USP. Though, a global wine list and well thought out selection of soft drinks makes this a lovely drinking spot with Barnes Common views.
Weekends in Barnes could see you catch a big-name act in the area’s legendary jazz club, spot rare species on the nature reserve or take a seat in the plush members-only area at Olympic Studios.
OSO Arts Centre
Since moving into the old Postal Sorting Office, the OSO Arts Centre has supplied a constant source of art and culture to the community. Plays and events rarely stay on the bill long, ensuring residents never run out of new shows to catch. The small auditorium provides space for dance and art classes, too.
Once a recording studio, where The Rolling Stones and The Beatles laid down tracks, Olympic Studios has had a rather gorgeous revamp. Barnes residents now pop by for the latest movie screenings in the plush cinema, take brunch in the cafe or access exclusive events in the private members club.
Leg O Mutton Nature Reserve
On the banks of the Leg O Mutton reservoir, this wonderful green space in the city is the place to enjoy a serene day of birdwatching. Reed warblers provide a lovely touch of birdsong and species spotted here range from herons and cormorants to pochards, little grebes and little egrets.
Barnes’ green and open spaces give you the option to stretch your legs, watch wildlife in a variety of habitats or simply pick a spot from which to watch the world go by.
This charming circular walk comes with a couple of loop options to take in the sights around Barnes. 5 miles’ worth of paths take you through the best of Barnes’ shops, cafe and urban amenities and on to the meadows and woodland of Barnes Common.
WWT London Wetland Centre
For some, the star attraction at the London Wetland Centre are the Asian short-clawed otters that play in the waterfalls. For Barnes residents, it’s the easy access to the open space this central London nature reserve provides. Migrating birds and seasonal visitors ensure a changing scene, year-round.
Barnes pond might seem small compared to the London Wetland Centre waterways, but has been a hub of the Barnes community for centuries. Easily accessible for families with pushchairs, it makes a delightful spot to feed the birds. Summer sees the area spring to life when the annual Barnes Fair takes place on the nearby green.
Property in Barnes
Barnes primarily attracts families who want a taste of village life and to educate their children at the area’s fantastic schools. The area draws in plenty from central London looking for greenery and more space- and once they’ve moved here they don’t tend to leave. There’s also a large Scandinavian community, settling here to be close byThe Swedish School. Houses in Barnes Village- particularly those with good gardens- are in extremely high demand and always go quickly, and at a high price.
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Barnes has plenty to attract families, and they tend to make up the majority of buyers here. Family homes of any description will get snapped up quickly- although those with gardens tend to do exceptionally well. The area around Barnes Pond and Barnes Village tend to be the most popular areas with those looking to buy.
Marsh & Parsons in the Barnes community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
Barnes Community Organisation
Founded over 45 years ago, the Barnes Community Association is committed to maintaining a village feel in their neighbourhood.Find out more
Supporting local businesses
In our ‘What Matters: West London’ video, we interview a bookshop owner, a health food shop founder, a hairdresser, a coffee shop owner and a butcher about the areas in which they work, the west London community and what they love about the city. These interviews provide a snapshot of what it’s like to live and work here- and will hopefully give Londoners and visitors alike a local recommendation for their next shopping trip or meal out.Find out more