Barnes is a tranquil yet bustling urban village stretching between the banks of the River Thames from the south, with the pretty area that is known locally as Little Chelsea, to the north and the beautiful grade 11 listed Hammersmith Bridge. With its woods and large stretches of common land Barnes is considered to be one of London’s most attractive villages, offering both an idyllic place to live and escape to, as well as providing excellent transport links to central London, Richmond, Putney and Mortlake from both Barnes and Barnes Bridge mainline stations, as well as the two underground stations at Hammersmith.
Some of the most attractive houses in the city are hidden away on the tree lined streets of Barnes; is it any wonder that once our clients buy in Barnes they never want to leave!
With its busy restaurants, pubs and churches adding to the charm of the village, visitors and local residents alike can be found enjoying relaxing walks along the river banks or taking advantage of one of the many village activities Barnes offers throughout the year. The Summer & Christmas Fairs, Annual Food Fair, Sports Club Bonfire Night are just a few of the many events that residents new and old can enjoy.
The centrally located Barnes Pond is a perfect meeting point for friends and family, or simply an ideal spot to stop off and feed the ever present wildlife population of ducks, swans and geese. Dog owners and walkers alike will love the huge choice of open spaces and endless number of walks offered throughout Barnes and its surrounding areas.
Why would you choose to live anywhere else but here…
Barnes encompasses three distinct areas:
Close to Hammersmith Bridge and very popular with commuters requiring the London Underground to get to work.
This area has become extremely desirable since the Harrods Depository was sold and developed into Harrods Village, a prestigious riverside gated development providing high quality apartments and houses with the use of a leisure centre that includes an indoor 25 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and solarium. There is also a conference room with office facilities.
Next to Harrods Village is the idyllic and peaceful Barnes Waterside development with a mixture of grand detached houses, semi detached townhouses and luxurious apartments all surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and a pond. Many of the properties have spectacular views over the Wetlands Centre located in Barn Elms which is a thriving centre for ornithologists and families alike. Many rare species of birds are being attracted back by this very special habitat.
The village centre is located around Church Road and Barnes High Street which join together at Barnes Pond and the Green.
The latest luxury development to take place here is The Sorting Office which has been converted into high specification apartments overlooking the green and the pond. To the rear the OSO which combines a gallery, theatre and cafe. Barnes Mainline station sits in the middle of Barnes Common and in 20 minutes transports you to Waterloo. The Sun Inn, a local landmark overlooking the Pond, is just across the road.
Barnes High Street still retains many unique retail outlets such as The Cheese Shop, The Barnes Fish Shop and a host of other independent shops, boutiques and a range of excellent restaurants. Barnes is also home to The Bulls Head, also known as the suburban Ronnie Scotts, which has been putting on live gigs featuring some of the world’s most important jazz musicians since 1959.
Just down the road is the Barnes Sports Club with its sports field and tennis courts. Tennis enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Barnes with private all weather tennis courts at both Rocks Lane Tennis Centre and The Riverside Club. Municipal Courts can be booked at any time at Barn Elms and for the energetic there is even a dedicated running track.
The picturesque streets of charming Victorian cottages just off White Hart Lane is known locally as Little Chelsea. The area is a favourite with young professionals and families and offers a wonderful selection of pubs and homely restaurants, such as The Tree House and Rick Stein as well as a number of antique shops and boutiques. Barnes Bridge mainline station is a few minutes walk away and provides an excellent commuter service into Waterloo. For those commuting by car from Little Chelsea, there is easy access to both the A316/M3 and M4 motorways.
All in all, although only 10 minutes drive from Kensington High Street, Barnes epitomises the idyllic village family life that is so rarely found in a city these days.
Barnes offers a large number of excellent state and independent schools for children between the ages of 4 and 18. The following is a list of just some of the local schools we recommend.
Nursery, Infant & Junior State Schools
- Barnes Primary School
- East Sheen Primary School
- Lowther Primary School
- St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School
- St Osmund’s Catholic Primary School
- Colet Court (St Paul’s Preparatory School)
- The Harrodian
Independent Senior Schools
- The Harrodian
- St Paul’s School
- The Swedish School in London