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Barnes was named as "one of the top

ten places we love to visit across this

great land" by The Which? Holiday

Guide in 2009. It has a unique 'urban

village' feel to it and yet good transport

connections into and out of London.

Barnes has a fascinating mix of

unusual gifts, clothes and food shops

interspersed with award winning cafés

and restaurants, river walks and pubs,

and a village duck pond. The recently

launched circular Barnes Trail,

designed to show the best of the area,

is not to be missed.

Highlights: Barnes Trail; annual Village

Fair on Barnes Common in July;

annual Food Fair in September; one

of the oldest Farmers' Markets in

London every Saturday on Station

Road, opposite the Duck Pond; Charity

Fashion Show in October, Societies

and Volunteering Day in May.

Local website:

Go to for dates and details of most of the events mentioned below.

East Sheen & Mortlake (SW14)

East Sheen, also known as Sheen,

and Mortlake together form a leafy,

family-friendly suburb which is the

eastern gateway to the borough. The

area affords easy access to Richmond

Park and the River Thames, Mortlake

being the closest train station to the

park. Sheen's town centre is arranged

along Upper Richmond Road West

and Sheen Lane. This thriving high

street has a diverse range of popular

and award winning independent and

mainstream boutiques and shops, local

pubs, restaurants, cafés and delis.

Mortlake is a largely residential historic

part of the borough, particularly known

for its pubs and the finishing line of the

Oxford & Cambridge University Boat

Race. It is also the burial place of the

Victorian explorer Richard Burton.

Local website:

Ham & Petersham

Ham & Petersham is a quiet residential

area on the Surrey side of the river

between central Richmond and

Kingston. It was voted 'Best Village in

London' by the RHS London in Bloom

Award in 2017. Bordered by Richmond

Park to the East and the Thames to the

West, it has a semi-rural feel with an

above average amount of open public

spaces. Ham House is a favourite

National Trust property with both

residents and locals. The parade of

shops and services on the main road

near Ham Common is well supported

and covers just about every need of the

local community. On the first Saturday

of the month there is the Ham Parade

Market which is a combination of

artisan goods and fresh food.

Local website:

Hampton Hill and Fulwell

Hampton Hill is a bustling little high

street bordered by Bushy Park. It

has many independent specialist

retailers. The thriving café culture, local

greengrocer, traditional bakery, post

office, two pharmacies and various

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