Welcome to Shepherd’s Bush. The vibe? It’s 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 all day and all night. The area’s 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. Here’s our pick of the best things to do, see, eat and drink in Shepherd’s Bush.
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Restaurants in Shepherd’s Bush
Located above the homely Albertine wine bar, this cosy little restaurant is now owned by TV chef Allegra McEvedy (who co-founded Leon, FYI). Expect lots of ‘healthy’ Italian influences on the menu and plenty for vegetarians – from courgette ‘carpaccio’ to a winning plate of smoky aubergine topped with sharp caponata. Otherwise, go for something meaty such as an Ibérica presa pork steak with chips and chimichurri, washed down with a glass or two from the tasty wine list. [Note: at the time of writing, the restaurant was closed for its summer recess but due to reopen in September; Time Out editors, August 2019.]
The Athenian White City
The first proper restaurant from The Athenian street-food chain is a big beast within White City Place, serving its signature souvlaki wraps (with salad and oregano fries) alongside a whole host of new ideas – from bespoke Gyros burgers to courgette fritters, tomato croquettes with Athenian sauce and desserts such as flourless brownies. They also do breakfast (try the wild boar sausage muffins) and now offer an extended selection of Greek craft beers and regional wines.