Barnes sits right on the banks of the River Thames and is very popular with families looking for a village atmosphere within easy distance of the centre of town. The village was once the place of the barns that stored grain for the manor of Mortlake, and is listed in the Domesday Book. When Hammersmith Bridge opened in 1827, new developments such as the imposing mansions along Castelnau were established.
Much of the area is a designated conservation area and the properties available vary enormously, from small cottages, to vast Victorian and Edwardian double-fronted houses. The village retains its historical layout, with the earlier houses near the green, the pond and along Barnes Terrace.
Much of village life in the area centres around the main high street, which features many independent shops and restaurants, and the beautiful green and duck pond, which have become a quintessential Barnes landmark.
Barnes is served by excellent state primary schools - Barnes Primary, Lowther Primary and St Osmund’s Catholic Primary - all of which are a prime attraction to families moving to the area. St Paul’s boys school and the Harridan (featured) are two superb independent schools.
Barnes has a wealth of cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes. Gail's (featured), Orange Pekoe, The Corner Café & Deli are all popular neighbourhood cafes. Good restaurants include Sonny's Kitchen and the much-lauded Riva.
There is very little in the way of nightlife, but there are some pubs, including Ye White Hart (featured), which features probably one of the best views in south west London as it is located on the river itself and has a beautiful outdoor terrace and riverbank seating.
Other than the green around the duck pond, Barnes Common is one of the largest areas of unenclosed common land close to the centre of London, and is a designated Local Nature reserve (featured). The Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people.