Village vibing and the laid-back lifestyle in London is perhaps best encapsulated in Barnes, which is found in South West London. Expect to discover plenty of green spaces, local boutiques, and pretty period properties. It’s no surprise that families flock to the area.
But there is more than enough in the SW13 postcode to keep all types of renters intrigued. With Chiswick and Hammersmith as neighbouring towns, residents of Barnes have a plethora of activities on their doorstep while also being able to enjoy the delights of the village.
Barnes train station offers direct services to Waterloo in less than half an hour, meaning commuters can get into the busiest parts of London with relative ease. There is also a selection of pubs, cafes and independent shops to discover in one of London’s most tranquil postcodes.
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Barnes is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and is located 5.3 miles south-west of Charing Cross. Neighbouring areas include Hammersmith, Chiswick, Roehampton, Wandsworth and Fulham.
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Barnes appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Berne”, and was held by the Canons of St Paul of London. The Barnes’ village church was built somewhere between 1100 and 1150, then extended in the early 13th century. It was dedicated by Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, shortly after the sealing of the Magna Carta.
The Terrace is where you can find some of the oldest riverside housing in London. It is lined with Georgian mansions and runs along the west bend of the river. Two of the houses feature blue plaques, which are for previous property owners, Gustav Holst and Ninette de Valois.
Who Lives in Barnes?
Families make up a large proportion of residents in Barnes, thanks to its village settings and good-quality schools. According to the last census, women make up 52 percent of the Barnes community, with men accounting for 48 percent. The median age is 39.
Renting in Barnes
There is a good selection of property in Barnes, from period homes to purpose built apartments. The already-mentioned Terrace is a well-known road with plenty of period Georgian properties. Mansion flats also prove to be very popular in the rental market.
Expect to find many property types, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses. There is also a strong demand for rental homes in the catchment area of Barnes due to the high level of good-quality schools in the area.
A one-bedroom property averages around £1,550 per month, with a two-bed home achieving in the region of £2,100. If you’re looking for a three-bedroom house, expect to pay just shy of £3,000. Four and five bedroom properties range from £4,000 to £9,000.
Barnes train station is the primary transport hub. Located in Zone 3, there are direct trains to London Waterloo and Clapham Junction. The latter is one of London’s busiest train stations and has direct links in and out of the capital.
Unfortunately, there is no tube station in Barnes. However, nearby Hammersmith features tube access on the Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith and City, and District Lines. Busses 33, 72, 209m 419 and 485 all pass through Barnes and go to Hammersmith.
Barnes’ village-like atmosphere lends itself to tranquillity more than it does a lively, action-packed postcode. That doesn’t mean that it lacks things to do, however. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to discover.
First opened in 1991, 26 years later San Remo still provides a taste of native Italy in South West London. Chef Antonio and his team serve fresh Italian ingredients in the form of very generous portions, all in a relaxed and cosy setting.
Address: 195 Castelnau, Barnes, London SW13 9ER
The Sun Inn is a pub that offers homegrown hospitality and a village atmosphere. Head there for a relaxed lunch during the week, or indulge in a Sunday Roast and a Belgian beer or two from their long list of ales.
Address: 7 Church Rd, London SW13 9HE
A friendly neighbourhood restaurant, Sonny’s Kitchen serves modern European cuisine in a stylish and casual setting. Led by head chef Andrew Chelley, dishes at Sonny’s range from carpaccio of scallops to a tasty burger.
Address: 94 Church Rd, Barnes, London SW13 0DQ
Things to do
After enjoying the local cuisine, why not head to Olympic Studios, where you will find two cinema screens with reclining seats and Dolby Atmos surround sound systems. It is housed in the home of the legendary eponymous Olympic recording Studios.
Barnes Village is where you will find an eye-catching pond that features pink rosebay willowherb. The pond is the centrepiece of the area and is surrounded by independent clothes and textile shops, including Luma, bakeries and coffee shops.
There are plenty of open spaces in Barnes, which means a short stroll or quality outdoors time is never far away. Barnes Common is a 120-acre Local Nature Reserve and Site of Nature Conservation Interest. You can also follow the Thames Path, which takes you along parts of the River Thames.
Moving to Barnes
Barnes is an area for laying down routes - once people arrive in the area, they are keen to stay for the long haul. There are plenty of top-quality village postcodes in London, but there is no doubting the fact that Barnes sits proudly with the best of them.