Lined with Georgian mansions, some of the oldest riverside properties in London are to be found in Barnes. Couple that with a recent survey that suggests that Barnes has the highest percentage of independent retailers in the country, throw in a centralised duck pond for good measure and Barnes feels much more like a little village than a London neighbourhood. Although the area suffers from a the lack of an underground station, (transport links aren't the best) this is what gives Barnes its unique charm and it's this charm that makes it one of the top places to live in South West London, well according to the locals! The river is a large part of Barnes life with the incredibly popular Thames path running the entire length of the curve of the river within which Barnes sits, this is also used in the annual Oxford/Cambridge boat race. Barnes is also where you'll find the London Wetland Centre that covers over 120 acres and is a haven for wildlife. If you're looking for peace and quiet within bustling London, and you've got the budget, then Barnes will undoubtably be on the cards.
The Thames path runs right past Barnes is a popular getaway from city life. You can follow it all the way to the Thames Barrier in the East and Hampton Court and beyond in the west.
Barnes has a very village like feel that is difficult to match. Most people living in Southwest London would probably secretly desire to live here. Although the secluded feel comes at a price, with no underground station, transport is limited.
Nestled snugly into a tight bend of the Thames, understandably the river is a large part of Barnes life. The rowing crews of Oxford and Cambridge battle it out on the stretch that runs past Barnes every year in the famous annual Boat Race.
Some of the oldest riverside properties in London are to be found in Barnes on 'The Terrace' facing the river. There are a whole host of riverside properties here but they are hard to come by and not surprisingly eye-wateringly expensive. There's a variety of properties available from large semi-detached townhouses through to flats.
The London Wetland Center (WWT), at over 120 acres large is a popular escape from city life and pulls people in from around London. Luckily for you if you live in Barnes however, it's on your doorstep. Here you can find a host of wildfowl and wildlife and it's also a government allocated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).