Fantastic transport links and world class schools make it a desirable location for buyers wishing to bring up families in a safe, rural atmosphere while benefiting from fast and efficient access to Central London.
Located on the Eastern border of the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, Barnes is linked to Hammersmith in the North by the Hammersmith Bridge and covers an area that stretches between Richmond, Sheen and Putney.
Barnes itself is made up of different regions each with their own distinct characteristics and each with something a little different on offer; Little Chelsea provides the charm of bijou Victorian cottages, while by contrast the Harrods Village (ex Harrods depository) has been redeveloped into sleek contemporary apartments and houses offering all the conveniences of a high end development.
The more traditional and recognisable areas of the Wetlands and Village Green with its distinctive pond provide an excellent environment for families and young professionals.
Barnes is a thriving community, with a strong emphasis on independent and locally owned businesses. The village is densely packed with boutiques and shops, boasting an excellent local butcher, bakery, artesian grocery stores, furniture stores, charity shops and fantastic pubs and restaurants, many enjoying stunning riverside views of the Thames.
Visitors can enjoy brunch or cream teas at Orange Pekoe, fantastic food at two Michelin star awarded chef Phil Howard’s restaurant Sonny’s Kitchen, or an evening of jazz at The Bull’s Head, which has hosted performances by established musicians like Ronnie Scott.
The river Thames is a major feature of Barnes. Located as it is within the loop of the Surrey bend, Barnes offers prime viewing positions of the annual Oxford vs Cambridge boat race.
Property available in Barnes
Barnes boasts beautiful architecture, predominantly from the 18th and 19th centuries, with areas characterised by certain styles; for many, Barnes is known for its majestic Edwardian ‘Lion houses’ and for the beautiful waterfront properties of The Terrace overlooking the Thames.
Knight Frank offers a wide range of the best properties on the market, ranging from detached Victorian family houses, riverside properties, Georgian mansions and luxury modern apartments.
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
44 York Street,
020 8891 1411
Barnes Sports Club - offering hockey, tennis, cricket, squash and personal training.
Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre - runs leagues and tournaments for both adults and children, in football, tennis and netball as well as offering school holiday and children’s party facilities.
Barnes Rugby Club - rich in history, the Barnes Rugby Club was established in the 1920s, though it is possible that their first recorded match was as early as November 1862, played at Barn Elms vs Richmond.
Places of Interest
Barnes Pond - Located at the heart of the village, the whole of Barnes’ thriving community is arguably centred around the duck pond, one of the most iconic Barnes landmarks.
Many generations of children and families have fond memories of feeding the ducks, in a timeless tradition that looks set to continue for many more years. Maintenance of the pond is funded by money raised by the annual Barnes Fair.
Barnes Common - Another famous and defining feature of Barnes, the Common offers an amazing 100 acres of valuable common land, the largest unenclosed space near Central London, and is a designated Local Nature reserve. The common offers everything from wild meadows, home to rare species of flowers and plants, to a secret cricket pitch, and this vast area of open space is one of the features unique to Barnes which provide country style living in the centre of London.
The Olympic Studios - The Olympic Studios in Church Street have helped shape British rock history, hosting an extraordinary selection of the most iconic artists of our time; Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton and British rock groups The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Oasis and many more.
Built in 1906 and originally named Byfeld Hall, the building has had an enormously varied history, operating as a village hall, concert hall, cinema, theatre and recording studios, before being closed down by owners EMI in February 2009 and reverting to its status as a small, boutique art house cinema, complete with café and restaurant.
The Barnes Trail - One of the top things to do in Barnes, this 2.3 mile trail was created in 2012 to truly show off Barnes to its best. Made possible by funding from the Mayor of London, with the support of the Barnes Community Association and Richmond Council, the route around the village takes in historical and other points of interest, as well as pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants. Oar shaped signs provide directions and give further information about each spot.
The Wetland Centre - A true haven just 10 minutes from Hammersmith, The Wetland Centre is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and comprises over 100 acres of riverside marshland, providing a natural habitat to over 180 species of birds and other wildlife.
The Wetlands centre is worth a visit for families, children and adults, providing excellent facilities and activities for all, including ‘small game’ pond safari and animal hides from which one can view the rarest of British wildlife species in their natural habitats. (Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT, 020 8409 4400, www.wwt.org.uk)
Barnes has easy access to Central London; railway links provide transport from Barnes Bridge Station to Waterloo in just 22 minutes, and a ten minute bus ride will take you to Hammersmith, with access to the Hammersmith & City, Circle, District and Piccadilly tube lines.
Rail / Underground - Hammersmith Tube Station: Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Circle, District.
Barnes Bridge Station – Access to Waterloo, Weybridge, Richmond, Brentwood
Barnes Station – London Waterloo, Putney, Wandsworth Town, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall
Roads - Hammersmith Bridge Road, A316, Upper Richmond Road, A3
Bus links – 209, 419, to Hammersmith, 969 to Roehampton Vale
Air - Heathrow 13.6 miles, Gatwick 34 miles
Barnes boasts a number of world class schools, both state and independent, providing a major draw for buyers looking to raise families. Barnes is home to two top private schools, St Pauls, the highly academic boys school on Lonsdale Road, and The Harrodian. Colet Court, the preparatory school to St Paul’s, is also located on Lonsdale Road, as is The Swedish School, which has been a key factor in attracting many Swedish families to the area. Barnes School, a top-performing primary school, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, can be found in Cross Street.
St Paul’s School
020 8748 9162
Colet Court – St Paul’s Preparatory School
020 8748 3461
020 8748 6117
Barnes Swedish School
82 Lonsdale Rd
020 8741 1751
Barnes Primary School
020 8876 7358