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.
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.