Defector's Weld

Bars and pubs, Pubs Shepherd's Bush
5 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)

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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Defector's Weld says
We pride ourselves on serving a quality selection of beers, ales, cocktails and wines, as well as delicious pub grub. Whether having a quiet drink, partying on a Saturday, grabbing a pie before the match or enjoying a roast on Sunday we cater for all occasions. Good music reigns supreme here.
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Venue name: Defector's Weld
Address: 170 Uxbridge Rd
W12 8AA
Transport: Tube: Shepherd's Bush
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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This is my work local so I visit this pub a lot and its a great venue with a lively atmosphere, gorgeous cocktails and a really tasty menu (I recommend the mac n cheese personally). They have an area upstairs too and that is always good to secure for work leaving do's and other such private parties.

Due to it being fairly near to the BBC's office you also very occasionally get some minor celebs in before or after BBC interviews and the like. Fir me its primarily about the cocktails...happy hour 2 for 1 cocktails for the win!

The only down point is that it can get very busy and so that results in a bit of a wait for bar service.


Lively atmosphere and great selection of beers, cocktails and whisky.  They do events most weeks, which adds something interesting to the mix (whisky tastings etc.).  My only complaint is that it's often hard to get a seat downstairs, even when not too busy, largely due to the layout. A must visit after work if you're near Shepherds Bush.

This is really my favourite pub in London! Cosy, always great music, lovely staff! Always feel like home there. My partner and I go there regularly and it's everytime the same feeling! :)

My favorite local pub in Shepherds bush ! Great place to have a quiet drink during the week ! Perfect place for some bit of dancing when l want to stay local on a Friday/Saturday night.

Going to a gig at the Empire? Tired of trawling the shops at Westfield? YOU NEED THE DEFECTORS. By far and away the best pub in Shepherd's Bush. SB should be a haven of great pubs and bars, but it's sadly lacking. But this is why the Defectors is a beacon of light in the dark. Fun upstairs bar, great decor, and handily located between the two Shepherd's Bush tube stations to boot!


Came here with a friend after a concert at the O2 Empire nearby - great vibes. I had to point out the Sipsmith to the girl working the bar, but once I did, she made me a bang up G & T. It was busy but not crazy packed, and after a bit of standing, my friend and I were able to grab a table to hang out at. I'd definitely return after another show!