The vibe in Shepherd's Bush? Hectic! With its Overground and Underground stations, a spaghetti-like road network, its old-school street market and the behemoth Westfield shopping centre, the Bush is bustling day and night. Its biggest selling point is that it's home to great music venues like the Shepherd's Bush Empire and Bush Hall, original theatre courtesy of the Bush Theatre, as well as plenty of bars and restaurants from all over the world.
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Restaurants in Shepherd's Bush
Shepherd's Bush highlights
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
This former BBC theatre is a great mid-sized venue, holding 2,000 standing or 1,300 seated. The sound is decent (with the exception of the alcove behind the stalls bar) and so Shepherds Bush Empire is possibly London's best medium-sized venue with a gig roll that would put the likes of Wembley to shame.
The small (capacity around 350) but beautifully formed Bush Hall has a fantastic chequered history, having been one of three venues built by publisher WC Humdall around 1904 as gifts for his three daughters, surviving not only various incarnations as a music/dance hall in the roaring '20s, soup kitchen, bingo hall, music rehearsal space and snooker club, but also bombardment during The Blitz.
A small, cash-poor champion of new writers and performers, the Bush Theatre has more than 30 years’ experience under its belt with a great record in comedy, satire and West End transfers. The Bush may not be big but it’s certainly determined: not even a leaky roof killing the lights stopped the programme in autumn 2008, it merely responded with a new, dark-themed season called The Broken Space that featured ghostly plays played in near pitch black. Time was you could look to the venue’s walls for a recommendation, plastered as they were with the high praise of international playwrights. These may have since been wallpapered over, but the long-term support of writers such as the controversial Neil La Bute (who regularly debuts and presents work here) has helped the Bush Theatre consistently sell out its shabby studio space.
Pubs and bars in Shepherd's Bush
The characterful Aberdeenshire brewery brings its love of craft beer – there are 40 choices on tap, plus more in bottles – to this site just off Shepherd's Bush Green. There are also branches in Camden and Shoreditch.
What's on in Shepherd's Bush this week
Brook Green Market and Kitchen
Gourmet hot dog trader Pushpal Dhawan set up this schoolyard food market ‘to introduce a bit of east London creativity to west London.’ Locals have lapped up...
Street food festival Feast have produced a younger sibling to bring delicious dishes and drinks to Shepherd's Bush. The yard its housed in is not normally...
The worrying changes to legal aid in this country is addressed in this new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Based on interviews with people at all levels of the...