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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.

Love London Awards: this year's winners

Adams Cafe
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Adams Cafe

Venue says: Winners of Time Out Love London Awards 2015, best neighbourhood restaurant in Shepherd's Bush!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Defector's Weld
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Defector's Weld

A west London gastropub with DJs Friday-Sundays, plus film, comedy, live music and quiz nights. They also have a 'snug bar' upstairs that's good to hole up in or have your birthday in (capacity 70).

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Laveli Bakery
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Laveli Bakery

Family-run café that serves breakfast and brunch options until 3pm daily, including porridge, eggs Benedict and pain perdu.

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Suck UK At Westfield
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Suck UK At Westfield

A novelty gift is normally something a bit naff that raises a half smile before being lobbed in the bin. Anyone who has received a singing rubber fish nailed to a wall mount or a cooking apron masquerading as a naked woman will identify with the feeling of near disappointment upon opening a witty gift. Suck UK offer the antidote – a gift shop stocked with unusual, tongue-in-cheek presents you’d actually be pleased to unwrap. Inside their modest Westfield store- one of just two branches in the city (the other is in the Oxo tower) ≠ the brand stock everything from pencils that double up as drumsticks to pinboards moulded into an ornate picture frame.  A simple lay out makes the products easy to browse and quick gift buying a doddle. The only temptation will be not to hold onto everything for yourself. Do you eat normal, run of the mill round cookies? How ordinary of you. At Suck you can buy the cutters to deliver pac-man biscuits. Does your dog sport a bow-tie? No? Rectify this immediately with one that fits any collar size. Prices range from just a few pounds to £60 for an ingenious light-up, house shaped lamp you can store your book on. All designs come with a feeling that you should have thought of them yourself. But didn't. 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Bush Theatre
Theatre

Bush Theatre

Having finally moved from its notoriously tiny Shepherd's Bush Green venue in 2012, the Bush Theatre is still fulfilling its role as one of London's smallest major theatres in its new home in the old Shepherd's Bush Library. The 144-seat venue is run by Madani Younis, who has kept the programming diverse, but given it a more social bent than his comedy-focussed predecessor Josie Rourke. The theatre also continues on its search for and support of new writing with the Bush Green initiative, which allows unsolicited playscript submissions. Ticket prices are in the £15-£20 mark and there are usually concessions and offers on shows, including the three for two season offer. Locals and students also get discounts. The cosy, welcoming bar and cafe, with its floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with play texts, reminds a little of the original library and the cafe serves up some nice light bites and has free wifi.

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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
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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
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Sufi
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Sufi

It’s‬ hard to find a bad word to say about Sufi, a restaurant we’ve consistently praised since it opened in 2007. And it’s equally hard to avoid hyperbole when describing Sufi’s‬ kashk-e bademjam.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Shepherd's Bush

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Music

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. 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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. 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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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
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Xavier A
Xavier A

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