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A locals' guide to SW13

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

Rupert Dickinson

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

Christopher Sellwood

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

Rupert Dickinson

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW13 locals go?

Coach & Horses

An amazing little pub right on Barnes High Street.

The Real Cheese Shop

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

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 Red Lion

A great pub on Castelnau Road with a back garden.


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


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.

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!

Tanyas Fish Bar

Great takeaway fish and chips in the centre of Barnes.

Olympic Studios

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


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

Barnes Green

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

Barnes Fruit & Veg

Excellent quality produce that's cheaper than the supermarket!

The Bulls Head

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

Barnes Pond

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

The Bridge

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

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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?


"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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"The Olympic Sound Studios on Church Road boasts a rich history as a cinema, theatre and recording studios. It was here that U2, Queen, The Beatles and The Who, to name a few, recorded their material."

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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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