Barnes has the best of both worlds - close to the city and yet in a setting that rivals any rural village - it even has a village pond! From Barnes station it’s just a 20-minute train journey into the city centre, making it a very desirable alternative to city-dwelling. There’s also an excellent bus service to Hammersmith.
Barnes has plenty to offer, such as riverside walks along the Thames, the London Wetland Centre, Barnes Music Festival, the OSO Arts Centre at the Old Sorting Office and boutique cinema Olympic Studios.
The lively high street is home to several independent retailers including The Hardware Store, the Barnes Fish Shop, greengrocer Two Peas in a Pod and J Seal Butchers. Grab a morning pastry from The Parish Bakery before taking a stroll around the village pond, and if you fancy walking a little further, Barnes Common and Barn Elms Playing Fields are both within easy reach.
There are many renowned eating and drinking establishments in Barnes, including The Sun Inn, where you can enjoy a drink or tasty home-cooked meal overlooking the village pond. For a special occasion, visit Sonny’s Kitchen on Church Road, where co-owner two Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard delivers a great choice of simple, impeccably cooked classic dishes.
There is always something happening within the Barnes community, from everyone getting together to celebrate the famous boat race or the influx of dedicated customers that come from far and wide to visit the Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning.