When you’re in Barnes it’s hard to believe that it’s just a hop, skip and jump away from the bustle of central London. Its village-y vibe is thanks, in part, to its isolation from the rest of south London by the huge sweep of the Thames.
While there are numerous fantastic independent shops, great pubs, like Ye White Hart, and restaurants, such as the chef’s favourite Riva, all worth visiting, this area is perfect if you love the great outdoors. Not only are there riverside walks to be taken, but there’s greenery aplenty, with Barnes Common and the London Wetland Centre, an expansive bird reserve converted from defunct reservoirs that sits to the east of Castelnau, the long spine that leads to Hammersmith Bridge, to explore. Then, at heart of the area, there’s also a large duck pond and adjoining green, which plays host to a popular annual midsummer fair. It’s almost enough to make you ditch the city completely. Almost...
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Coach & Horses Hotel
This seventeenth-century inn has been impressively revamped by Young’s, with beautifully-appointed rooms and a knockout location right by leafy Kew Green and just across from the Royal Botanical Gardens. Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Richmond-upon-Thames are all within easy reach, too.
Clayton Hotel Chiswick
This newly refurbished 4-star hotel is on the popular Chiswick High Road, which offers boutique shops, restaurants and vibrant bars. The Clayton Hotel Chiswick is less than 1.5 miles from Kew Gardens and 0.2 miles from Gunnersbury Tube Station and the M4 motorway.The hotel offers modern air-conditioned luxury rooms, a stylish bar and restaurant, meeting facilities and a gym. Guest rooms include a flat-screen TV, work desk, safe and small lounge area with a choice of magazines. Bathrooms all have a bath with shower or walk-in shower, toiletries and a turbo hairdryer.The retro-style bar offers signature cocktails and bar food in a relaxed setting. Modern British food made with fresh seasonal ingredients is served in the Napa Restaurant.Clayton Hotel Chiswick offers free Wi-Fi in rooms and in public areas, 24-hour room service and a fitness room with modern cardio equipment. The Thames path is 0.5 miles away and is popular for jogging and walking. Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby is 11 minutes' drive away.
In lively Hammersmith, just a couple of miles from central London, Adria Hotel offers modern accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Hammersmith and City Tube Station is just a 5-minute walk away. The famous London Hammersmith Apollo entertainment venue is less than 0.5 miles away. Guests are also just a few minutes’ walk from 2 shopping centres, restaurants, bars and a cinema. Adria Hotel is family-run, with friendly staff. All of the modern rooms are comfortably furnished, each with a private bathroom, complimentary toiletries and satellite TV. Breakfast is served at flexible times upon request, offering a choice of cereals as well as a full English breakfast. Fresh French ground coffee or quality English tea is also served. A spacious apartment is located across the road from the hotel, with a small patio garden. It allows guests more independence and a fully equipped kitchen for self catering.