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Barnes is a place in south-west London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is located in a loop of the River Thames, with Hammersmith Bridge at the north end. It has some of the most expensive housing in London, prized for its relatively secluded location (the river acts as a barrier to much through traffic) and its elegant mansions. It is the seat of the barony for Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes.
The only permanent tourist attraction in Barnes is the WWT London Wetlands Centre, next to Barn Elms, comprising over 40 hectares of artificial wetlands created on the site of a former reservoir as a bird sanctuary. Also, once a year, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race passes around the loop of the Thames surrounding Barnes. Barnes also has an attractive village green and pond (recently rebuilt after a series of leaks).
A low-key attraction is the Olympic Studios on Church Road. Relocated from Central London in 1966, they have played host to many of rock and pop music's greatest stars ranging from the Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Duran Duran, Coldplay and Will Young.
- Riva Restaurant, on Church Road where it has turned on to Castelnau. Top-rated place frequented by celebs.
- Sonny's Restaurant, on Church Road. Popular and acclaimed.
- The Red Lion pub, at the junction of Castelnau and Church road. Recently rebuilt pseudo-traditional pub, with standard pub food.
- The Sun Inn, opposite Barnes Green. A pricey traditional pub, with a range of food made on the premises.
- The Bridge, at the top of Castelnau, near Hammersmith bridge. Recently rebuilt.
- The Brewery Tap, at the top of Castelnau (opposite Tbe Bridge.) Bar / restaurant.
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