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2 Barnes High Street
Barnes
London
SW13 9LB

Why move to Barnes?

Sitting on the South Bank of the Thames about six miles from Hyde Park Corner, the quiet tree-lined streets, community vibe, independent shops and eateries of Barnes give our area the feel of a leafy village, despite being only 30 minutes from central London. Plus there are good quality, period homes of various sizes, spectacular river views, great schools and even a village pond. No wonder so many famous singers, musicians, sporting legends, TV presenters and producers choose to make their home here.

Some things to love about living in Barnes

FiSH is a brilliant neighbourhood volunteering scheme that offers help, support and friendship to people in need in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen. Winkworth Barnes is proud to sponsor FiSH. If you'd like to get involved, you can do so at www.fishhelp.org.uk.

The annual Barnes Fair, organised by the Barnes Community Association (BCA) and sponsored by Winkworth Barnes, takes place every July and offers a Grand Parade, live music and entertainment and over 300 stalls of vintage clothes, crafts, plants, foods and other goodies.

Two of our favourites are the Barnes Book Club, run by a local resident with monthly meetings covering a wide range of books from the classics, chick lit, sci-fi to biographies and Barnes Philosophy Club run by philosopher and jazz singer Barbie Benson.

Every September Barnes Food Fair offers stalls of artisan foods and cooking demonstrations from Michelin-starred chefs, attracting over 5,000 people many of which can be found picnicking on their spoils on beautiful Barnes Green. The Old Sorting Office Community Arts Centre also has an annual French Food Market. And all year round you can stock up on treats at Barnes Farmers' Market before crossing the road for a picnic by the pond on the green.

Barnes is ideally positioned to catch the final stages of the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race.

A little bit of history

The River Thames has played a vital role in shaping the history of Barnes. From the beginning, the river was of vital importance for fishing, transport and communication, connecting Barnes with London. In the 17th Century there was an explosion in market gardening and small industry in Barnes to feed demand from London's markets and traders. Then in the 18th Century many wealthy Londoners came down river to make their homes in Barnes, boosting the economy. But the reliance on the river also meant the lack of a direct road, helping to preserve some of Barnes' rural character.

Need to know

Rockstar Marc Bolan's met his untimely end in Barnes in his 1977 car crash. The site is now a Rock Shrine and a Site of Rock 'n' Roll Importance recognised by the English Tourist Board.

Gustav Holst and Ninette de Valois lived on The Terrace.

The Beatles recorded 'All you need is love' in Barnes.

Shopping

These days it seems like every town has a farmers' market, but Barnes is home to one of London's oldest. The Barnes Farmers' Market is open every Saturday and offers fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes and breads, cheeses, all sorts of homemade treats and even fresh sushi. If you can't wait till Saturday for your locally-produced fare, head to Rose House, (home of the Barnes Community Association) for the Barnes Country Market. It offers homemade cakes, homemade pies, ethnic cuisine and preserves and chutneys made by local producers every morning. Barnes is also home to an array of independent shops including Angelica's Fine Foods, Pat's Food Store, off-licence Lea & Sandeman, Seals butchers, Barnes fish shop, The Real Cheese Shop and Parish Bakery as well as a Tesco Express, and Sainsbury's Local and the popular home-cooked ready-meal shop Cook. For gifts and retail therapy we recommend Riverside Gallery, Wetland Centre Art Gallery, Barnes Book Shop, Barnes Jewellery Company, Sun Inn flower stall, Totally Swedish and Shoenique.

WITH A THRIVING CULTURAL SCENE, ACTIVE COMMUNITY, ABUNDANCE OF OUTDOOR SPACE, GREAT SPORTS FACILITIES AND FASCINATING HISTORICAL LANDMARKS TO EXPLORE, WE ARE NEVER SHORT OF AMUSEMENT IN BARNES.

Transport

By Road:

Castelnau is the main road south from Hammersmith Bridge into Barnes leading through to Putney. And just over Hammersmith Bridge is the M4 to Heathrow. Lonsdale Road runs from Hammersmith Bridge along the River towards Mortlake.

By Tube:

Change onto the underground at Hammersmith station to travel to the West End and the rest of London.

By Train:

Choose from Barnes Bridge and Barnes Railway Stations for South West Trains on the Hounslow loop line. This will take you to major hubs including Waterloo, Hammersmith and Clapham Junction as well as Hournslow, Feltham and Weybridge.

By Bus:

Key routes through Barnes include the 283 Barnes to Acton via Hammersmith, 209 Mortlake to Hammersmith via Barnes, 485 Hammersmith to Wandworth via Barnes and Putney, 969 Twickenham to Kingston via Barnes, N22 Hammersmith to Piccadilly via Barnes and 72 Barnes to East Acton via Hammersmith and 33 Hammersmith to Teddington via Barnes, which are both 24 hour services.

By Air:

Heathrow Airport is just 25 minutes drive away.

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