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A locals' guide to SW13

"Barnes Common is the perfect place for picnics or lazy, sunny evenings."

Rupert Dickinson

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

Rupert Dickinson

"My favourite view of Barnes! You're in London but it reminds me of living by the sea...."

Christopher Sellwood

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW13 locals go?

The Real Cheese Shop

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


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

The Red Lion

A great pub on Castelnau Road with a back garden.


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.

Barnes Pond

Looking out over Barnes Pond, you feel as if you're living in the countryside...


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

Barnes Fruit & Veg

Excellent quality produce that's cheaper than the supermarket!

Olympic Studios

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

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.

Barnes Green

A delightful leafy spot in the centre of Barnes next to Barnes High Street.

Coach & Horses

An amazing little pub right on Barnes High Street.

Tanyas Fish Bar

Great takeaway fish and chips in the centre of Barnes.

Sips and Bites

Best breakfast and paninis!

The Bulls Head

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

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Barnes, Hammersmith, Chiswick, Barons Court, Mortlake, East Sheen, Turnham Green, Putney, West Kensington and Gunnersbury

What do you love about SW13?

Why do you find SW13 a great place to live?


"Great place to live, with families and great cafe around!"

April 2017


"Barnes is a wonderful area to live in. It is very close to the Thames, has great rail links to the city, and some of the most charming pubs you will find anywhere. It is close to the A3 and the M4. Barnes pond is very picturesque. There are a number of coffee shops, restaurants, and stores meaning a weekend in Barnes is time well spent."

January 2015


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"Human remains were found stuffed into a box that was dropped from Barnes Bridge in March 1879. The murderer turned out to be maid Kate Webster, while her victim was her employer Julia Thomas. The head was never found..."

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Child-friendly activities near SW13

Activ Camps

Barn Elms Sports Trust
Barn Elms Sports Trust has recently been renovated and now provides a newly built pavilion with top of the range changing facilities and a lovely indoor space. Activ Camps also has the use of the extensive playing fields, 3 multi-use courts and a 400m, 6 lane athletics track.All timetabling is age relevant and ensures that each day is action-packed and non-stop fun. The best kids camp in London comes to BEST. Website

Weekend Family Activities at WWT

WWT London Wetland Centre
Our wildlife reserve is at its most colourful this time of year, with flowers in full bloom and our gardens looking glorious. Join us for pond dipping, outdoor crafts and plenty of nature-themed fun for families!

Baby Sensory

Barnes Methodist Church
Baby Sensory's award winning baby development classes are now running in your area. You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby's sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Baby Sensory is an extremely popular Baby Development activity and many of our classes are fully booked, it is advisable to book early. Visitors are always welcome but please call in advance to reserve your place. Website

Family Archery

Barn Elms Sports Centre
Family Archery for the family to join in the fun. For children and young people and their parents/carers. Children and young people can: learn a fun new sport, develop new skills, and make new friends. Please call for an entry form. Children need to wear suitable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Tiny Tunes

Barnes Methodist Church
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

Baby Bop

Kitson Hall
Baby Bop is an exciting new dance class for pre school boys and girls and their parent or carer. We look at many styles of dance from Broadway and Tap to Disco and Latin, and to make our classes fun for both and child we only play the coolest music in town. Baby Bopper's will bebop-a-lula down to soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, 70's Disco and some good old rock n roll. Website
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    SW13 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Barnes and is covered by the Richmond upon Thames local authority.

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