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East Sheen Area Guide

Once “one of the best-kept secrets of the London Borough of Richmond,” before the cycling in the London Olympics put Richmond Park (of which East Sheen has the largest proportion of the Park), firmly on the map.

East Sheen is now a London hotspot.

East Sheen fact file

  • There was very little development in the area until about 1827, when the first Hammersmith Bridge opened across the river.
  • East Sheen and Mortlake are full of evidence of occupation dating back to the 13th century or earlier.
  • The property portfolio in the Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake area is extremely diverse.
  • A new road was built through the fields, the Castelnau which is still there today.
  • The name is taken from a village in Montpellier in the South of France, from which the Huguenots fled France for England.
  • The area is predominantly period family houses.

Why move to East Sheen and Barnes?

With the proximity to Richmond Park and the river Thames and with easy access into central London via the overground station at Mortlake (23 minutes), East Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake offer plenty of sporting and leisure opportunities. The area is therefore spoilt with superb schools both private and state, and at all levels. The tree-lined streets, community experience and the quality of life, make East Sheen and Barnes an incredibly desirable area in which to live.

Architecture and property

There are family homes, flats, maisonettes and new build riverside properties available at all levels of the market. The majority of the housing stock in Mortlake is Edwardian, in East Sheen and North Barnes it’s predominantly 1930s housing, and Barnes is a mixture of Victorian along the river and around the pond. Desirable addresses include the Georgian riverside homes along The Terrace; double-fronted Victorian villas on Castelnau and the smaller cottages off White Hart Lane; and the ‘lion houses’ of Hillersdon Avenue.

Going out

Barnes has a great community feel, with the Barnes Community Association campaigning to protect the village from overdevelopment, running the Barnes Fair each July and operating the annual Food Fair in September which has previously hosted cooking demonstrations from Raymond Blanc and Ian Salmon.

Green space

The area has excellent access to green space, with several of the south-west London commons within easy reach. This includes Barnes Common, Putney Common, the London Wetland Centre, Richmond Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. There are many walks along the river and the local ponds.

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There are excellent restaurants locally.

There's a range of independent shops and high street chain stores in East sheen and the surronding areas.

  • Locals love Two Peas in a Pod

East sheen and the surrounding areas are full of local pubs.

  • The Victoria Pub
    Traditional Pub

There's so much to do in East sheen and it's proximity to London means you're never bored.

There are many excellent schools in the general vicinity.

  • Barnes Primary School
    Outstanding Primary School
  • Holy Trinity
    Secondary School
  • Mortlake Train station
    0.2 miles from centre
  • Barnes Bridge Train station
    0.9 miles from centre
  • Upper Richmond Road West
    1.9 miles from centre
  • Heathrow Airport
    8 miles from centre
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Jonny Thaw November 2023

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Blyth-Collinson Interiors is a boutique interior design business based in south west London. Providing the highest quality design services to both private residential and commercial projects in the United Kingdom and abroad, Blyth-Collinson Interiors has been named in the prestigious 50 best Interior Designers in Country and Townhouse.

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Family business with experience that goes back to the early 90s , AHK Flooring is the ultimate UK flooring destination as we showcase a wide range of flooring solutions in laminate, vinyl, solid wood flooring, stair carpets and carpets in London.

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  • Wood, laminate and vinyl
  • Tiles
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Tower House is a home to just 180 boys, that understands that every child is different. Some will be faster out of the blocks than others. They commit to every boy and place a great deal of emphasis on the development of every pupil's character and confidence.

  • Reception, junior and senior school
  • Arts and sports
  • Learning support

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