Barnes is a peaceful and green suburb in south-west London. Stroll through the famous Wetlands Centre that is an oasis of wildlife a mere 30 mins from central London, while you can shop in the farmers market on Saturdays. The residential neighborhood also has some of the oldest London’s houses along with Georgian mansions from 1720.
Why we love Barnes
Yes, you’re also an elite athlete
The IAAF World Athletics Championships have finished in London, so if you also consider yourself an elite athlete, we’ve pulled together some tough training routes, intense races and high-end events for a variety of sports in London.
Go cycling in London!
We’ve put together our favourite springtime cycle routes through London – whether you’re after a late-night ride or just want to escape the afternoon traffic.
Food and drink
Barnes is a beautiful place to relax taking a walk along the riverside or visiting Barnes Village where you can make a stop to refresh with a pint in one of the traditional pubs:
- Local pubs and cafes
- Orange Pekoe café (perfect for afternoon tea)
- Wine shops
Culture and events
For rowing lovers Barnes is a great location to enjoy the Annual University Boat Race, a tradition that began in 1829 when Cambridge sent a challenge to Oxford:
You can find a range of quaint shops and food spots in the placid Barnes Village, while central London is just a short train journey away. The shops are the centre of the community, and put you in the centre of suburban London life:
- Barnes village
- Galleries and bookshops
Exercise along the Barnes Trail or enjoy the famous grasslands of the London Wetland Centre. Then go and get your fancy on with an English taste in one of the cafes where you can enjoy a slice of Victoria sponge with a cup of tea:
- Wetland centre
- Barnes trail
- Food market