Living in Barnes
Barnes is a thriving community in a unique location with a strong emphasis on independent and locally owned businesses. It retains its charm and individuality as a village in London. The village offers a number of boutiques, excellent local butchers, a cheese shop, a fishmonger, artesian bakery, greengrocers, dog groomers, hairdressers and fantastic family friendly pubs and restaurants. This favoured London village offers some great primary schools and high-achieving private schools, making Barnes 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 in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, Barnes covers an area that stretches between Richmond, Putney, Mortlake and Sheen and is linked to Hammersmith by the Hammersmith Bridge.
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 Development (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. 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. Barnes Green and the area around Barnes Pond is host to several open-air events and covered markets. Barnes Green is the site of the Barnes Summer Fair (July) and Barnes Food Fair (September), held each year. Other popular events include, the Duck Race (Easter Saturday), Barnes Fashion Show (October) and Barnes Christmas Festival (December).
Architecture and property
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. Some of the oldest riverside properties in London can be found on The Terrace, in Barnes. There are a number of Georgian Mansions running along the river with famous residents, such as Gustav Holst. Other historical houses include Rose House (home to the Barnes Community Association) which dates back to the 17th century and Millbourne House which once belonged to Henry Fielding and overlooks the green and duck pond. Barnes also offers quaint terrace houses in ‘Little Chelsea’ and luxurious apartments, plus new build homes and townhouses within the prestigious Harrods Village Development.
Who lives here
Typically, Barnes residents consist of families, young professionals, couples looking to retire. The demographic and profile of the buyer has been established due to the type of property showcased within the village.
Where to eat: Barnes offers award-winning restaurants and family friendly pubs set within a picturesque rural setting. Residents and 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 weekly farmers market is a food lover’s haven and is held every Saturday at Essex House Surgery drawing visitors from within the borough and surrounding areas.
For lazy Sunday roast and gastro pub cuisine: The Bulls Head, The White Hart, The Sun Inn
For delicatessen style quick bites: Gail’s Bakery, Dolce Crema, Gusto & Relish, Arte Chef.
For brunch: Annie’s, Olympic Studios, Orange Pekoe.
For finer dining: Sonny’s Kitchen, Riva.
Family friendly: Olympic Studios, The Depot, Wildwood, Pizza Express.
Dog Friendly: The Brown Dog.
Where to drink: Barnes has a selection of pubs on offer each with a unique feel and ambience. Many have the atmosphere of a village or country pub, an ideal retreat for those who like their pubs to have that friendly local feel.
The Olympic Studios- situated on Church Road the Olympic Studios has helped shape British rock history, hosting an extraordinary selection of the most iconic artists of our time. 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 surround sound cinema screens the latest releases along with classic cinema across two screens with comfy, reclining seats, love seats and sofas, each with individual tables to hold a bottle of wine, cup of coffee or bag of popcorn.
The Riverside Gallery: located on the corner of Barnes High Street and The Terrace, the gallery exhibits a vast range of fine and contemporary art including sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics. Old Sorting Office Arts Centre: The OSO Arts Centre is a multi-functional arts space hosting concerts, exhibitions, plays and fairs. Its ethos embraces all local residents and businesses, highlighting and promoting the importance and relevance of art, music, literature and drama.
Sports & Leisure
Barnes Sports Club- offering hockey, tennis, cricket and squash. The club has a friendly and newly refurbished clubhouse where members and friends meet socially.
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. The centre has 6 multi-use floodlit courts allowing for tennis, 5-a-side football, netball and hockey to be played all year round.
Barn Elms Sports Trust- Established in 2012, Barn Elms Sports Trust was created to ensure grass space & sporting facilities for generations to come through a combination of hard work, charitable initiatives and partnerships with local user groups. Facilities include: include five senior & seven junior football pitches, two rugby pitches, year round athletics track, and court 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.
Barnes runners- The club was established in January 2005 in response to a need for a local running club. The club runs three times a week (Sunday mornings, Tuesday & Thursday evenings)
Barnes offers a variety of independent clothes shops, pet shops, furniture and interior design shops, Jewellers, wine merchant, nail & beauty salons, a book shop, a hardware shop and newsagents.
Parks & Green Spaces
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 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 Station and 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 lines.
Barnes Bridge Station
– Access to London Waterloo, Chiswick, Hounslow
Barnes Station – Access to Putney, Richmond, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall, London Waterloo
Roads – There are excellent links into central London and both the M3 and M4 motorways are very accessible as is London Heathrow airport.
Bus links – There are a number of bus routes in the area:
- 33 (Hammersmith)
- 72 (East Acton)
- 209 (Hammersmith)
- 283 (East Acton, Barnes Pond)
- 419 (Hammersmith, Richmond)
- 485 (Hammersmith, Wandsworth)
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. There are three primary schools in the area. Barnes Primary School on Cross Street is judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. The other two, St Osmund’s RC Primary School and Lowther Primary School are both judged to be “good”. For many parents the big draw of Barnes is the wide choice of private schools in Barnes and nearby Hammersmith. In Barnes itself The Swedish School (a key factor in attracting many Swedish families to the area), The Harrodian, Colet Court & St Paul’s and over the river in Hammersmith: St Paul’s Girls’ School, Godolphin & Latymer and Latymer Upper.
Barnes Council & Tax Bands
Council:Richmond upon Thames
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