Sitting on Barnes green, looking at the leaves from the weeping willows dip in and out of the pond, it's hard to believe that Central London is just on the doorstep.
Barnes village has a handful of small boutiques, as well as a local grocers, delis, a bookshop and some very fine restaurants. It's also where you'll find some of London's most expensive streets, such as The Terrace where the famous British composer, Gustav Holst lived. Today Barnes is home to many high-profile broadcasters, politicians and actors.
Barnes is also the unlikely setting for one of London's most famous music studios: The Olympic Sound Studios. Artists who have recorded tracks at Olympic Sound Studios include The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, the Kaiser Chiefs and The Arctic Monkeys. Barnes is also where the T-Rex singer Marc Bolan died in a car crash – the exact spot of the accident, on Queen's Ride, is marked by Bolan's Rock Shrine, where fans young and old come to pay their respects.
Things to Do in Barnes
If sitting by the river bank or on the leafy green isn't enough for you, Barnes contains a number of attractions that make a day trip more than worthwhile.
Get close to nature at the London Wetland Centre, a vast nature reserve that contains rare birds, amphibians and a huge range of insects.
Eating and Drinking
You're never far away from a great restaurant or pub in Barnes, many of which are firm favourites with the close-knit local community.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Amber Le Bon are both fans of Riva.
For a quiet pint, try the Bridge, Red Lion or Ye White Hart, which has a great riverside location. Jazz enthusiasts should head to the The Bull's Head, which hosts live performances every night and at lunchtime on Sunday.