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Graceful grandeur – handsome homes line a main artery north and south of the Thames

"Between Lonsdale Road and the River Thames, Leg o' Mutton Reservoir is a secluded, quiet, hidden gem in Barnes!"

Rupert Dickinson

"Designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, Hammersmith Bridge was the first suspension bridge built over the Thames."

Annabelle Bent

"Chiswick's handsome architecture is just one of the reasons why I love working in this area..."

Jonathan Daykin

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A healthy buffet that changes every Friday and charged by weight. Lots of choice, great food and right in the heart of Barnes next to the pond.

Olympic Studios

The best place for brunch in Barnes! There's also a members' club and a cinema.

The Red Lion

A great pub on Castelnau Road with a back garden.

Coach & Horses

An amazing little pub right on Barnes High Street.


A favourite of mine, this deli in Barnes sells things to take away and tasty lunch and dinnertime meals.

The Bridge

Great pub with a massive beer garden, it's a fantastic place to hang out with friends.

London Wetland Centre

Spread over 3,000 hectares and part of what defines Barnes, it's a great day out for all the family.

The Bulls Head

A rustic, homely pub holding jazz nights and live gigs throughout the week.

Barnes Fruit & Veg

Excellent quality produce that's cheaper than the supermarket!


The busiest place in Barnes! Great for breakfast and a morning coffee, plus you can stock up on fantastic bread and cakes too.

Lea & Sandeman

A superb independent wine shop selling a fantastic range of wines. The staff are always willing to help their customers, from connoisseurs, to those who don't know their pinot from their sauvignon!

The Real Cheese Shop

As well as the firm favourites, this delightful cheese shop sells more unusual cheeses from all over Europe.

Tanyas Fish Bar

Great takeaway fish and chips in the centre of Barnes.

Bombay Chow

Can't decide if you would rather have a curry or Chinese? Well how about both... Bombay Chow does remarkable Indo-Chinese Hakka cuisine. Whether it is one of the noodle sizzlers or the glazed lamb chops, you will leave satisfied.

The River Café

It ain't cheap, but it is the finest Italian cooking this side of the Dolomites!

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"Amongst Barnes' notable past and present public figures are Alastair McGowan, Robert Pattinson and Freddie Mercury."

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  1. About Castelnau

    Castelnau is a road in Barnes, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London, approximately 5.1 miles (8.2 km) west from Charing Cross on the south side of the Thames river. About 1.1 miles (1.8 km) long, it is the main road south from Hammersmith Bridge and forms part of the A306 main road. The name Castelnau is also used informally for Castelnau Estate and means 'new castle' in the Occitan language. Three different English pronunciations of the word "Castelnau" seem to be in current use, all differing only in the final vowel: "castle know" is more ancient, and resembles the original French vowel, "castle now" is perhaps used to match with Nassau Road in the area, and "castle gnaw" is favoured by more recent inhabitants. Castelnau takes it name from Castelnau-le-Lez, near Montpellier in France: in 1691, the 10th Baron of Castelnau and St Croix and his son, Charles Boileau, settled in north Barnes and his descendants developed parts of the area.

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