Thursday, 16 June 2016

London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity

London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity Sun Inn Flowers
Cybex Priam at Sun Inn Flowers

The WHIITELIST guide to the 5 things to see and do in Barnes (the SW London Village on the River Thames) with a little one, and the ultimate pushchair Cybex Priam.
First in the #CybexInTheCity series.


When Mr.L and I moved to South West London, we weren’t hankering after rural charm, or a lovely little village, we were after somewhere near the river, with beautiful homes and a Scandinavian feel. Barnes fit the bill.
In the opposite eyot to Canary Wharf, where we lived for a couple of years, in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, we found everything we were looking for, seclusion (tick), great pubs (tick), independent shops (tick), farmer’s market (tick) and a rock’n’roll history.


Barnes is famous for many things, the bend in the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race, home of the composer Gustav Holst, the jazz pub The Bull’s Head where Mick Jagger has performed, the Olympic Studios where the Beatles recorded ‘All you need is love’ and Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, home of poets, writers, actors (Robert Pattinson) and many more.


Now that I am a mother, I have found a whole new appreciation for my area, and many places that have become routine to venture out to during maternity leave.
Take a look below, and if you ever find yourself in my part of town, take in the beauty and follow my short guide.


  1. Walk the Thames Path
Did you know you could walk from Barnes all the way East to Embankment? I love walking alongside the Thames, seeing the beautiful houses (and blue plaques) on the Terrace where Gustav Holst and Dame Ninette de Valois lived, the homes on the Chiswick Mall, navigating the short space underneath the Hammersmith Bridge and past the Harrods depository and Fulham FC. The sights are stunning.


London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity River Thames Barnes Bridge
Cybex Priam at Barnes Bridge


2.  Feed the ducks at Barnes Pond
Right in the middle of Barnes, is the beautiful Pond, essentially the heart of Barnes.
You’ll see ducks, swans, cygnets and more. Visiting the Barnes Pond is only a taster, if you want to see more wildlife, then one can make many more discoveries at the WWT London Wetland Centre a 15-minute walk away; alternatively, if you’re around on a Saturday you could sample the delights of the Barnes Farmers’ Market.


London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity Barnes Pond
Barnes Pond


3. Buy Peonies at the Sun Inn flower Stall
Or any flowers really! I just love Peonies and will be taking full advantage whilst they’re in Season. The Sun Inn Flowers is a short walk away from the village pond and right next door to ‘Barnes’ favourite watering hole’ the Sun Inn pub. You can read a little more about the Sun Inn pub here on the Fizz of Life blog.


London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity Sun Inn Flowers
Sun Inn Flowers
4. Get a taste of Sweden
So I am surrounded by Swedes, my husband, my son, and my neighbourhood.
Barnes is essentially Little Sweden, we have the Swedish school, Swedish people and of course Totally Swedish.
With Midsommar round the corner, it’s the perfect place to pick up pickled herring, gravadlax and knäckebröd for your smörgåsbord.


London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity Totally Swedish
Cybex Priam at Totally Swedish


5. Brunch outside
Barnes is really beautiful! I am not just saying that because I live here, but because it’s chosen for filming movies (Shakespeare in Love) and TV commercials!
Why not stop for a moment at the many places one can brunch, such as Gail’s Bakery for their signature sourdough or share a plate of locally sourced foods at the Olympic Studios Cafe and Dining Room, and plan where to go next in Barnes.


London: Spotlight on Barnes #CybexInTheCity Gail's Kitchen Barnes
Cybex Priam at Gail's Kitchen
For the first in the #CybexInTheCity, what did you think?
Where would you like for me to head next?


I’ve recently joined the Cybex family as their #CybexCorrespondent ( read more here) which I am incredibly excited about, working with such a fantastic brand which I have mentioned several times before for their investable products here and as one of my must-haves when travelling here.
Stay tuned, there will be more brilliant things to share.

SAL xx

P.S Thank you to my wonderful blogger friend Akua of Kuiya’s Kloset for these wonderful snaps around Barnes.

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