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Barnes area guide

Discover the best things to do, see, eat and drink in and around Barnes

Wetland Centre Barnes
Ben Rowe

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 Centrean 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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Things to do in Barnes

London Wetland Centre
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London Wetland Centre

Venue says: “Award-winning nature reserve in the heart of the capital. Enjoy fantastic views, wildlife, lakes, gardens. Plus shop, café and playground”

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4 out of 5 stars
Chiswick House & Gardens
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Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House is a neo-Palladial building that's very aesthetically pleasing found close to Barnes. 

Barnes Farmers Market
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Barnes Farmers Market

Head to the market on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm and you'll find heaps of delicious treats.

Bishops Park
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Bishops Park

A Grade II-listed park with an 'urban beach', which first opened in 1903 and was restored in 2012.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Barnes

Rick Stein
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Rick Stein

Is there a better view of the sunset over the Thames than the one at Rick Stein’s first London venture, in sleepy Barnes? I doubt it. Do ask for a window seat when you book. Either way, the atmosphere here is relaxed and expectant; the clientele mainly grey-haired and well-heeled. Staff range from adept and efficient to young and keen. It all makes for a lovely experience. A starter of Cornish crab with wakame seaweed and wasabi mayonnaise was a fine primer for what followed – the accompanying bits featuring only a wisp of the accent flavours so as not to overpower the clean, fresh meat. Gremolata prawns, complete with finger bowl, were the first indication that things could get down and dirty. Warmly spiced seafood is a Stein trademark, but if you’re scared off by the menu’s description of the signature Singapore chilli crab as ‘gloriously messy’, then the Indonesian seafood curry is a fine alternative – large slivers of seabass, bite-size chunks of cod and prawns mingling together in Stein’s take on a thick and creamy laksa sauce. A crispy fillet of hake, with a tomato and caper sauce and minted potatoes, was equally fine. Wine-wise, an Australian chardonnay was crisp, light and fruity, and perfectly complemented both the starters and main courses. Puddings were choc-heavy. Skip them and order more starters. If you’re not local, Barnes can be a bit of a schlep on public transport (top tip: there’s parking in the courtyard after 6pm) – but if you’re after an elegant evenin

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Riva
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Riva

It’s just a short hop across the bridge from bustling Hammersmith, but Barnes’ village-like ambience is immediately relaxing. Riva has been serving the neighbourhood for 20-plus years and little has changed in that time. The small dining room, decorated in terracotta and olive tones, has a rustic, lived-in feel. The food sticks to simple traditions, and adventurous diners may need more persuasion than the plucky wine list to part with their cash, as prices are high and there are no set menus to alleviate the pain. We started with a tried-and-true combination of ravioli with crab and peas; for £13, we’d hoped for more than a few strands of crabmeat. Presentation is satisfyingly earthy, however; witness roast milk-fed lamb studded with rosemary and simply paired with cubes of roast potato.The maal concluded with a boozy crêpe served with prunes stewed in grappa. Reception from the owner was frosty, but the atmosphere soon thawed thanks to the friendly disposition of his waiting staff.  

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Depot
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Depot

‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ could be the motto of this riverside restaurant, which continues serenely through its third decade. Originally part of the stables and coach house for Barnes Council refuse depot (hence the name), it’s a handsome spot, all gleaming wood, bare brick and striped banquettes, with a separate bar at one end.A skeleton boat hangs from the ceiling, and the window tables are much sought after (inevitably, the place is packed for the Boat Race). It caters for all kinds of diners, from loved-up couples to multi-generational family groups. The menu majors on comforting brasserie staples done well – bavette with chips and béarnaise, smoked chicken caesar salad, an exemplary fish cake – with the occasional inventive twist (goat’s cheese soufflé with saffron-poached pears) or seasonal ingredient (wild garlic). Desserts have always been a strong point: tangy lemon posset with blackberries and crumbly shortbread was a treat, but it’s the sticky, creamy, indulgent eton mess that always wins us over. Sunday roast lunch is something of a local tradition. Drinks run from cocktails to a fairly priced wine list, and there’s always some kind of set menu or special deal. Staff are friendly, but can get overwhelmed when the place is full.  

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Annie’s
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Annie’s

A popular restaurant in Barnes, well known for its eclectic decor. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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Pubs in Barnes

Ye White Hart
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Ye White Hart

Right on the river, this capacious barn of a bar makes the best use of its prime location.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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The Red Lion (Barnes)
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The Red Lion (Barnes)

A big ol' Fuller's pub in southwest London, with an ample beer garden and pub grub.

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5 out of 5 stars
Sun Inn
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Sun Inn

Forgo the riverside views and gaze out on to Barnes Green and its village-like duck pond.    

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Brown Dog
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Brown Dog

An independently owned gastro pub tucked away in the back streets of Barnes.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Bars in Barnes

Amuse Bouche
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Amuse Bouche

Dedicated to the democratisation of champagne (although the residents of Parsons Green hardly qualify as the great unwashed), Amuse Bouche has hit on a winning formula: a list of 40 or so champagnes – including at least eight available by the glass – that are served in relaxed, modern surroundings. The prices are admirably restrained, but with such specialisation it would be good to see some of the exciting champagnes being produced by the new wave of growers, rather than the big brands to which Amuse Bouche sticks so resolutely. Food is restricted to tapas-style nibbles on a global theme (wun tuns, mini fish ’n’ chips, plates of cured meats); the champagnes are supplemented by a small selection of non-sparkling wines. On warm weekend evenings, the windows open on to the street and the champagne cocktails flow happily.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
The Toy Shop
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The Toy Shop

A popular Putney cocktail bar with an American-influenced food menu alongside creative concoctions, craft beers and wine.  

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4 out of 5 stars
Alcazar Lounge
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Alcazar Lounge

Be At One
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Be At One

A vast cocktail menu ensures that everyone is up and ready to dance when the loud and rather cheesey dance tunes are cranked up at this branch of the popular London chain. Choose from classics like the martini, mojito and bloody mary, or sweeter, more unusual signature concoctions such as the Candy Pants.

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The perfect weekend in Barnes

Explore: London Wetland Centre
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Explore: London Wetland Centre

Venue says: “Award-winning nature reserve in the heart of the capital. Enjoy fantastic views, wildlife, lakes, gardens. Plus shop, café and playground”

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4 out of 5 stars
Visit: Olympic Cinema
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Visit: Olympic Cinema

For a posh trip to the pictures, this local cinema also boasts a restaurant, bar and private members' club.

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4 out of 5 stars
Eat: Orange Pekoe
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Eat: Orange Pekoe

Pop in for a cup of one of over 50 teas on offer, grab some lunch or treat yourself to an afternoon tea. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Drink: The Brown Dog
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Drink: The Brown Dog

Bright during the day and cosy at night, this friendly boozer will, as the name suggest, let you bring in your dog. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Barnes

Coach & Horses Hotel

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.

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Clayton Hotel Chiswick

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.

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Adria Hotel

Adria Hotel

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.

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Novotel London West

Novotel London West

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