How is life in Castelnau? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Castelnau is a road in Barnes, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London, approximately 5.1 miles (8.2 km) west from Charing Cross on the south side of the River Thames. About 1.1 miles (1.8 km) long, it is the main road south from Hammersmith Bridge and forms part of the A306 road. It was originally named Upper Bridge Road. The name Castelnau is also used informally for Castelnau Estate and the area surrounding the road. It joins Church Road at is southern end, which then runs westwards beside Barnes Green until it meets Barnes High Street. “

Things we love about Castelnau

Castelnau has a distinct culture and atmosphere. At Cozee we looked at features that define the area’s vibe like food, nightlife, green space, and more. Whether you love to eat or you love to take part in the night life of a city, Castelnau has something for your tastes. Explore spots below to get a feel for life here.

In Castelnau, is there a lot of green space?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Castelnau in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
WWT London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 4.6 3078
Peacock Tower WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 4.5 34
Suffolk Road Recreation Ground Suffolk Road, London 4.5 83
Barn Elms Sports Trust marathon pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 4.3 428
Upper Mall Open Space London 4.6 56
Chiswick Eyot Hammersmith Terrace, London 4.3 55
Castelnau Recreation Ground Barnes Avenue, London N/A N/A
Wildside WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 4.5 6
Headley Hide London 5 1
Reservoir lagoon WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 4.3 4
Main Lake WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 5 1
Gardens The Coronet, 28 New Kent Road, London 4.8 5
Observatory London 4 1
Wild Walk Wyatt Drive, London N/A N/A
Dulverton Hide Wyatt Drive, London 5 1
Slate Garden Wyatt Drive, London N/A N/A
WWF hide WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 4.8 4
Leg O Mutton Lonsdale Road, London 4.6 250
Sheltered lagoon London 5 1
Wader scrape hide WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 5 2

Pubs in the area

Being Londoners ourselves, at Cozee, we hold a strong bond with our regular visits to the local pub every week. Why should your experience be any different in your new home? That’s why we’ve thoroughly tested and reviewed all the pubs in Castelnau. While we didn’t get the chance to personally visit each one, we certainly wish we could have. Here’s the curated list of the finest pubs in Castelnau.

Pub name Name Address Description
Barnes Sports Club The Club House, 261 Lonsdale Road Barnes SW13 9QL The club offers Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Squash. It is also home to Barnes Montessori nursery, Martial Arts centre and Junior Chess Club.
Bridge in Barnes 204 Castelnau Barnes SW13 9DW Located a brief walk from Hammersmith Bridge, this spacious pub has a bright, comfortable feel to it and described as a community centered gastro pub. It has a hidden patio garden that is currently (in their opinion) one of the best kept secrets in Barnes. However, it closes at 9.30pm Mon-Sat and 8.30pm Sunday. All day Sunday roasts noon to 9.00 pm. Steak night Tuesdays, from 6pm. Wednesday is quiz night and starts at 8pm.
Brown Dog 28 Cross Street, Little Chelsea Barnes SW13 0AP An independently owned pub and dining room tucked away in the back streets of Barnes. Three cask ales on hand-pump. Their House beer brewed by Loose Cannon ( is called Brown Dog.
Bulls Head 373 Lonsdale Road, London Barnes SW13 9PY Technically a riverside pub (although the main road lies between) dating from 1845, and now protected from high tides by a concrete wall across the road. It towers over the adjacent corner building that is now the recently reopened Watermans Arms. The Bulls Head (and famous music room, albeit reduced in size) is now part of the Geromino Inns chain and underwent a complete and costly refurbishment in 2013, reopening on 12th December. The jazz room has now been relocated to the former Thai restaurant at the back. Upstairs has also been brought into use as additional restaurant space. Usually a guest beers supplement the regulars. Bar menu: 12pm-10pm (9pm Sun).
Coach & Horses 27 Barnes High Street Barnes SW13 9LW This former coaching inn, first mentioned in local records in 1776 and one of only 28 pubs initially owned by Young & Bainbridge in 1831, is now a single-bar pub retaining dark wood panelling and leaded stained-glass windows. If the pub looks small, the award-winning and biggest pub beer garden in Barnes, certainly does not, entered under a grapevine arch and having a selection of seating areas, a well-equipped children’s play area and even room for playing petanque. The function room at the back was once a skittle alley and now called The Stables. Burger Shack is open everyday serving burgers with vegan and veggie options.
Crossing 73 White Hart Lane Barnes SW13 0PW An independently owned, neighbourhood food orientated pub, with light airy bar areas with comfortable seating and an upstairs dining room. Garden Terrace.
Red Lion 2 Castelnau Barnes SW13 9RU A large Victorian landmark pub located at the entrance to the Wetland Centre. Built in 1830s and underwent a major refurbishment in 2017. There is a spacious wood paneled comfortable rear room, featuring a large coloured mosaic central domed ceiling light, leaded stained glass windows, and a large fireplace. Outside is a heated covered patio and beyond this a large artificial grass garden with plenty of seating that includes a children’s fenced play area. A garden bar is open on busy summer days or as demand requires. There is also extensive outside seating around the side and front of the pub that includes two cosy 4-seat heated cabins. Food is available from a varied, modern menu. The pub is renowned for its annual Great Sausage Roll Bake Off competition. A live cooking event where around 20 professional chefs take their turns to create, roll and bake their own take on the Sausage Roll. Master cellar-man accredited Fuller’s House.
Sun Inn 7 Church Road Barnes SW13 9HE Overlooking Barnes Pond, this pub was originally a Georgian ‘coffee house’ but has sold beer since around 1776. In 1989 it won a CAMRA award for refurbishment but all the bric-a-brac and curiosities have now gone, apart from the miniature elephant that serves as a bar stool, leaving the interior somewhat at odds with the antiquity of the Grade II listed building. However it is still welcoming, with some attractive lighting effects. Food is available until late, except 4-5 weekdays. Quiz night every Monday.
White Hart The Terrace, Riverside Barnes SW13 0NR The White Hart has been a riverside landmark since it was built in 1899, replacing a pub that had stood since 1662. It is an imposing four-story building with riverside verandahs’ and even tables on the towpath in the summer. The pub was completely renovated in 2013. The ground floor is dominated by the central bar island with its line of chrome Chaplin fonts providing a range of London craft beer from both Meantime and Camden breweries, and supported by up to six cask ales from hand pulls. There’s a Stags head above the fireplace that uses a gas effect fire. The Terrace Kitchen restaurant is situated on the first floor.

Are there a lot of supermarkets in Castelnau?

Perhaps one of the most common amenities in Castelnau would be supermarkets. Below, you will be able to tell what type of supermarket there are in Castelnau and what company operates here.

We weren’t able to find any supermarket in this area. If we were wrong, tell us in the comments the name and address of your local supermarket or grocery store. We’ll amend this page

Gyms in Castelnau

More at-home work means more gym-goers. Major chains make staying active in Castelnau easy.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Oasis Sports Centre 32 Endell Street, London 4.3 788
Virgin Active Shell-Mex House, 80 Strand, London 4.3 299
Gymbox Holborn 100 High Holborn, London 4.3 340
Nuffield Health Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Gym 9 Endell Street, London 4.3 130
Fitness First 6 Bedford Street, London 4.3 345
Yogarise Covent Garden – Yoga classes in Covent Garden, London 13 Mercer Street, London 4.3 62
Jubilee Hall Gym 30 The Piazza, London 4.3 111
Covent Garden Physiotherapy Ground Floor, Durham House, 1 Durham House Street, London 4.3 46
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Body Control Pilates 35 Little Russell Street, London 4.3 36
The Health Club at One Aldwych One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London 4.3 16
CryoAction Limited 71-75 Shelton Street, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Charing Cross 17-21 Northumberland Avenue, London 4.3 227
Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi – Covent Garden & West End Green Dragon House, 23 Stukeley Street, London 4.3 N/A
Digme Fitness Covent Garden 4-10 Tower Street, London 4.3 150
Boom Cycle – Holborn 16 Procter Street, London 4.3 91
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Central Health Physiotherapy Quality House, 5-9 Quality Court, London 4.3 299
Tranquility Pilates Studio Ltd 16-18, New Bridge Street, London 4.3 5
ESPA Life at Corinthia Whitehall Place, London 4.3 246

Are the restaurants in Castelnau any good?

The below table gives you a good idea of what kind of options there are for eating out. In Castelnau, you may find things like Italian, Chinese or even Indian takeouts. Take a look below if you are visiting or want to move here if eating out is a big deal for you.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The River Café Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London 4.3 1594
Riverside Studios 101 Queen Caroline Street, London 4.3 1364
The Crabtree Rainville Road, London 4.3 2192
Olympic Studios Olympic Studios, Church Road, London 4.3 1029
The Bridge 204 Castelnau, London 4.3 551
The Blue Anchor 13 Lower Mall, London 4.3 1960
The Red Lion, Barnes 2 Castelnau, London 4.3 1084
Rutland Arms 15 Lower Mall, London 4.3 1284
Alma – Barnes 2-3 Rocks Lane, London 4.3 344
Awesome Thai #Barnes 68 Church Road, London 4.3 460
The Blue Boat, Fulham Reach Distillery Wharf, Parr’s Way, London 4.3 1444
Riva 169 Church Road, London 4.3 143
Spice Of Night 188 Castelnau, London 4.3 130
Samaia Georgian Restaurant 195 Castelnau, London 4.3 451
Postbox Indian Restaurant 201 Castelnau, London 4.3 121
Chandelier Thai Dining 196 Castelnau, London 4.3 29
Elā & Dhanī 127 Church Road, London 4.3 110
Church Road 94 Church Road, London 4.3 63
Mamma 3 Rocks Lane, London 4.3 N/A
OKA Barnes 88 Church Road, London 4.3 167

Galleries and Museums

The vitality of a community stems from its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Castelnau, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. They offer delightful weekend activities and contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the region.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Emery Walker Trust 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London 4.7 43
The William Morris Society 26 Upper Mall, London 4.5 47

Is the local life vibrant in Castelnau

Castelnau is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Castelnau event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Castelnau and where helps get situated when moving. Our map compiles property price points and other details from this article to outline what’s available in Castelnau.

What type of amenities may you need in Castelnau?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Castelnau name before moving in the neighbourhood.

In Castelnau, what schools are nearby?

Having a nearby school is ideal when relocating. Below is a list of schools located within Castelnau

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Harrodian School Lonsdale Road, London 4.3 24
Bright Horizons Barnes Day Nursery and Preschool 1b Lonsdale Road, London 4.8 8
Lifetime Tennis Putney & Barnes Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 5 4
Dorset Wharf Parent & Toddler Group 158 Rainville Road, London N/A N/A
Music Central Suite 30, 1 Rocks Ln, Barnes, London N/A N/A
Swingland – Swing Dance Classes & Events (A-Train & The Swing Ball) Swingland c/o The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London 4.8 11
Lowther Primary School Stillingfleet Road, London 4.6 9
Guide Hut The Girl Guides Hall, 9 Washington Road, London N/A N/A
Piano Lessons London at the Sokol Piano Academy 49 Lonsdale Road, London 5 1
Raymond Fischer Piano 23 Parke Road, London 5 1
The Swedish School 82 Lonsdale Road, London 4.2 6
Ichthys Lonsdale Road, London N/A N/A
Centenary Building London N/A N/A
Piece of Music- Vocal Coach London- piano and singing lessons Castelnau, London 5 5
St Paul’s Juniors Lonsdale Road, London 4.3 54
Teqnic Tennis Barnes Tennis Coaching Barn Elms Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 5 82
Maestro Vivaldi Academy Barn Elms Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 5 2
The Ark Nursery School kitson hall, Kitson Road, London N/A N/A
Giampiero Bittarelli Tennis Academy Barn Elms Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London 5 14
Studio 5 Book Arts, Mark Cockram 1st Floor, The Mews House, 46-52 Church Road, London N/A N/A

Medical institutions in Castelnau

Castelnau has 1 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Dr Palacci, Private General Practice 22 Castelnau, London N/A N/A

Are there many post offices in the region of Castelnau?

Looking for convenient parcel handling? Having a nearby post office is the optimal solution. Beyond standard postal services, the post offices in Castelnau can be found by checking out the table below.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Royal Mail Post Box Woodlawn Road, London 5 1
Church Road Post Office 96 Church Road,Barnes, London 2.6 36
Verdun Road Post Office 1 Verdun Road, London 3.4 5

In Castelnau, what tube and train stations are nearby?

Most want transit less than a 15 minute walk from home. We put together train and tube stations in Castelnau to help find the optimal area for you. It could be that you don’t mind walking or it could be that public transport is necessary for you to get around.


What else is close by?

If you are not completely sure that you want to move the area check out our other guides about cities in the nearby vicinity

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Roehampton University See the guide here
Putney See the guide here
East Sheen See the guide here
Mortlake See the guide here
Chipstead See the guide here
Kew See the guide here
Barnes See the guide here
Fulham See the guide here
Grove Park See the guide here
West Brompton See the guide here
Chiswick See the guide here
West Kensington See the guide here
Earl’s Court See the guide here
Hammersmith See the guide here
Turnham Green See the guide here
Shortlands See the guide here
Gunnersbury See the guide here
Holland Park See the guide here
Shepherds Bush See the guide here
White City See the guide here
Roehampton University See the guide here
Putney See the guide here
East Sheen See the guide here
Mortlake See the guide here
Chipstead See the guide here
Kew See the guide here
Barnes See the guide here
Fulham See the guide here
Grove Park See the guide here
West Brompton See the guide here
Chiswick See the guide here
West Kensington See the guide here
Earl’s Court See the guide here
Hammersmith See the guide here
Turnham Green See the guide here
Shortlands See the guide here
Gunnersbury See the guide here
Holland Park See the guide here
Shepherds Bush See the guide here

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