Mortlake, London SW14

Mortlake is the area immediately to the west of Barnes, on the south side of the River Thames between Barnes and Kew, with East Sheen to the south. Mortlake was part of Surrey until 1965 and it appeared in Domesday Book of 1086 as Mortelage. Mortelage is thought to mean a small stream containing young salmon, referring to a fishery on a former tributary of the River Thames which is now gone.

A road-widening scheme spoilt the original High Street in the 1960s but this failed to dent Mortlake’s popularity with home-buyers and by the end of the 20th century many former amenities and commercial premises had been replaced by apartments. Development continues and a new secondary school is proposed, with a football pitch that will also be available for community use, as well as nine acres of green space. The total value of the entire regeneration scheme has been estimated to in excess of £1 billion. The Mortlake Brewery Community Group is displeased with the density of the planned development.

The Physio on the River physiotherapy clinic and exercise studio has a lot of patients from the Mortlake area as it is very close and the transport links and parking are good.

It is only a short walk from Mortlake to Physio on the River by Barnes Bridge, or there are regular buses. If you need to drive, there is free on-street parking close to the clinic (more information on Barnes buses and parking here).


There is a Wikipedia article about the history of Mortlake here