Thameside home

Overlooking the Thames by Barnes Bridge in southwest London, Elm Bank Mansions is the distinctive high-rise on the Surrey side.


The five-storey apartments were built from 1906 to 1907 by the Edwardian developer Robert Emerson, who was also responsible for two similar estates downriver (see History). The current 65 units range in size but all enjoy the same high ceilings and tall sash windows of the period, many with scenic views across the river and local gardens.

From leasehold to freehold

Though the flats started out as rented quarters, the bulk have since evolved into 999-year leaseholds with a share in the freehold.


>> For the full story, turn to History, Management and Living at EBM.


Waterside village

You don’t need to stroll far in Barnes to hear the swish of oars or chatter of geese.


Looped by the Thames on three sides and interlaced with ancient waterways, Barnes is one of London’s picturesque waterside villages. With its nesting birds and flowing tides, its boating pubs and river races, Barnes can seem more like a coastal resort than a city suburb, but it lies just a stone’s skim from Hyde Park.

>> For more on birds, boats and Barnes appeal, take a tour Around Barnes.

Explore our site

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in one of London’s mansion blocks, you’ll find some answers here. 


Elm Bank Mansions’ website has been designed for both passing visitors and current residents, with access to both public and private pages (for residents). If you’re a resident, just log on through the members tab to check the latest news, ongoing projects, upcoming events and annual reports. If you require the password then please contact If you’re a passing visitor, dip into the main menu for the latest facts on Elm Bank Mansions (EBM), its management, facilities and history.

>> For more on life at EBM, explore Living at EBM, Management, Emergencies and History.


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