Living in Barons Court: travel links, parking, schools, best streets — and the average cost of monthly rent
Barons Court is probably best known to many as an area to pass through as they head west out of London.
But away from the busy main road, this leafy residential area is a dream for tennis fans, with The Queen’s Club, headquarters for Real Tennis at its heart.
Homes on certain streets have views straight into the club but all residents get to enjoy the buzz — and free evening tickets — during the annual Fever-Tree Championships each June.
Who lives there?
It’s mainly professional couples or single occupants in Barons Court because there aren’t as many full houses in the area available to rent, says letting agent Olivia Sloan. It’s also popular with students at Imperial College.
Parking in Barons Court
A parking permit in Hammersmith & Fulham costs £119 per year. Fully electric vehicles park for free, while a permit for low-emission vehicles costs £60 a year.
Crime in Barons Court
Crime in the area is below average for London with five crimes reported per 1,000 residents. The top reported crimes were theft, burglary and harassment.
Fitness clubs in Barons Court
Virgin Active Fulham Pools is set in Normand Park and has a swimming pool, spa and outdoor tennis courts.
Average cost of renting in Barons Court
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Best Barons Court streets to live on
“Queen’s Club Gardens is a beautiful Victorian garden square with tennis courts and porterage,” says Olivia Sloan, lettings co-director at Shaws Kensington Estate Agents.
“Comeragh Road and Geldstanes Road both back on to Queen’s tennis courts so if you live on the right side of the street you get really good views of matches.”
Best schools in Barons Court
Melcombe Primary School and St Augustine’s RC Primary School are both rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.
Supermarkets and food markets in Barons Court
There’s a Little Waitrose, a Co-Op and a Tesco Express on North End Road and a Green Bay vegan supermarket.
Avoid Palliser Road on Friday afternoons, when it gets clogged because people use it to get on to the A4 and head west out of London. “With the Hammersmith Bridge closure it’s been even worse,” says Sloan.
What the locals say
“Being so close to The Queen’s Club is a massive perk”
Danni Rice and her boyfriend pay £1,690 a month for their Barons Court one-bedroom flat (Adrian Lourie)
Young renting couples with hectic careers often yearn for somewhere to live that offers a contrastingly relaxed lifestyle.
They may even have one eye on a move out of London altogether — but aren’t quite ready to forsake the fun and convenience of the city, including an easy commute.
For Danni Rice, 28, working in marketing for the TV channel Dave — with offices based in Hammersmith — the choice of west London was an obvious one, especially as she had lived in Chiswick with friends and loved it.
However, her boyfriend, Rhys, 30, works in the City, so when they decided to move in together, though their hearts were set on west London, they needed to find somewhere with a reasonable commute for him.
Two years ago they settled on Barons Court, where they found a period conversion within their budget at £1,690 per month.
“What drew us is that it feels really leafy and residential even though you’re really near the centre of London,” Danni says. “And we both really like tennis, so though we didn’t move to Barons Court because of it, being so close to The Queen’s Club is a massive perk.”
But though the pair enjoy everything Barons Court has to offer, they will soon swap their one-bedroom flat with a small balcony for a three-bedroom cottage in Surrey, which they are buying.
“We couldn’t afford to buy in London but we’ve really enjoyed renting here,” says Danni.
“We weren’t seriously looking but found something we really liked and then it all happened very quickly. It’s a lot bigger than our current place but the commute’s definitely not going to be as nice as walking to work.”
Commuting in Barons Court
In Barons Court, Danni walks to work or takes the Tube one stop, but Rhys commutes every day on the Underground.
“The transport links are amazing with the Piccadilly and the District lines, plus we can drive out and visit our families in Epsom and Basingstoke easily from here because we’re near both the A3 and the A4,” says Danni.
Shopping in Barons Court
Danni usually hops on the Tube to central London for shopping — Green Park is just 15 minutes away by Tube.
Eating and drinking in Barons Court
“There are great pubs around here,” says Danni. “We go to the Colton Arms a lot, it has a really friendly atmosphere. We spent pretty much the entire football World Cup in there.”
She also likes Bonjour Brioche, Deli Bar at W14 and C’est Ici for coffee and brunches.
Culture in Barons Court
The Queen’s Club is a major plus for residents in the area who even get free evening tickets to the tennis tournament in June.
Green space in Barons Court
Danni and Rhys like to take a stroll to the river or to Bishops Park. Rhys is also a member of the Virgin Active health club in Normand Park where the couple play tennis on the outdoor courts.