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Shepherd's Bush area guide

Head to this bustling part of west London for gigs, shopping, bargain restaurants and bars aplenty

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.

What are your favourite Shepherd's Bush haunts? Let us know in the comments.

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Adams Cafe
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Adams Cafe

With a name like Adams Cafe and a daytime menu of full English and other greasy spoon favourites, you might not expect the nightly transformation into a cosy North African bistro. Head here after 7pm, though, and mottled lampshades scatter pretty patterns of light across a candlelit room that’s decorated in muted blues and greens, with ornate ceramic tiling. In-the-know locals often fill the place. The menu is helpfully split into prices for one, two or three courses; you can mix and match as you like and it’s great value. Briks, doigts de fatma and cigares – all crisp little pastries, surprisingly light and delicately spiced, with meat, seafood or vegetarian fillings – are highlights among the starters. Main courses include tagines and couscous, as well as a variety of grilled meats and fish. The chefs hail from Morocco and Tunisia, and the subtlety of the aromatic dishes shows their homelands’ cuisines in their best light. Complimentary appetisers, a leisurely atmosphere and optional BYO add to diners’ sense of well-being.  

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Bush Hall
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Bush Hall

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. The exterior is unprepossessing, but inside the restored Edwardian plaster work impresses, as do the two-tier Austrian lead crystal chandeliers. The music programme covers folk, blues, country, Americana and alt.rock artists, both local and overseas.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Belushi's Shepherd's Bush
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Belushi's Shepherd's Bush

Right by Shepherd's Bush station, this branch of the popular chain brings live entertainment, sports screenings, drinks offers and food with a US bent to west London. There's karaoke every week too, so ready your best warble - or earplugs - if you're heading down on a Thursday.  The drinks list is focused on cocktails, with classic drops such as mojitos, tequila sunrises and black russians served in jam jars alongside sharers and shooters - the peanut butter jelly shot does a trade approaching roaring. A few wines are on offer too, complemented by continental lagers on draught. The food ranges from burgers, hot dogs, wings and racks of BBQ ribs to tex-mex staples such as tacos, nachos and quesadillas. Breakfasts with a similarly US-slant feature too, with stacked pancakes, breakfast baps and an American take on a full-English proving popular.  

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Shepherd's Bush

Patio
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Patio

If you miss your Polish granny, or feel life has cheated you by denying you one, repair to Patio with haste. The olde worlde charm – ornate gold-framed mirrors, upright piano, worn red carpet – of the cosy dining room evokes a grandmother’s sitting room.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Abu Zaad
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Abu Zaad

Groups of teenagers, young families and couples after a quick, fuss-free meal seem to find this vast Syrian restaurant a convenient destination.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Sufi
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Sufi

"Our winter menu is out with delicious stews, soups and regional dishes!"

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Tian Fu
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Tian Fu

There’s no shortage of budget chop suey joints in Shepherd’s Bush, but to find a proper Chinese restaurant serving more than the usual takeaway food is a challenge.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Shepherd's Bush

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
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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. 

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Bush Hall
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Bush Hall

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. 

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Shepherd's Bush

Princess Victoria
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Princess Victoria

We’ll return to the Vicky time and again for its scotch eggs. You could happily spend an evening knocking these back at the curving bar, along with the occasional helping of beef scrumpet and fine pints of bitter.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Queen Adelaide
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Queen Adelaide

Queen Adelaide feels a genteel world away from the bustling Uxbridge Road outside. Its smart, chandelier-lit dining room is separated from a buzzing pub by a large central bar, giving the dark wood-clad space a lively feel, even on quiet, midweek evenings.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Brewdog
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Brewdog

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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Albertine
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Albertine

Just down the road from BBC Television Centre, Albertine’s small bar has something of the student union about it, with closely packed, battered wooden furniture and a blackboard for wine and food specials.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Comments

2 comments
GRATEBEERUK R
GRATEBEERUK R

Our newest craft beer store GRATE at Westfield of course! With over 150 craft beers to choose you will have a grate time!

Xavier A
Xavier A

Somali Food, Blue Ocean Restaurant is by far a great treat from east africa!