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Shepherd’s Bush area guide

Find all the best gigs, plays, shops, restaurants, hotels, bars and things to do in this bustling part of west London

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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The best bits of Shepherd’s Bush

11 reasons to go to Uxbridge Road in Shepherd’s Bush, W12
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11 reasons to go to Uxbridge Road in Shepherd’s Bush, W12

It has an authentic, grimy edge, and is all the more interesting for it.

So you’ve never been to… Bush Hall?
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So you’ve never been to… Bush Hall?

An old school music hall with thoroughly voguish vibes.

Restaurants in Shepherd’s Bush

Albertine Restaurant
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Albertine Restaurant

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.]

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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.  

Abu Zaad
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Abu Zaad

Big helpings, low prices and a rollickingly relaxed setting are the draws at this vast Syrian restaurant near Shepherd’s Bush Market – no wonder young families and couples head here for a quick, fuss-free meal. Sharing nibbles give way to mighty tagines, couscous, grills and dishes such as tomato and rice maklouba packed with chunks of lamb and aubergine. Otherwise, load up on freshly baked breads and meze at the all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet. Abu Zaad is unlicensed, but ayran (salted yoghurt) and mint tea do their job.

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4 out of 5 stars
Adams Cafe
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Adams Cafe

By day, this Shepherd’s Bush classic is a redoubtable greasy spoon with a fry-up menu to match; by night, it morphs into a cosy North African bistro with clothed tables, moody lighting and a line-up of exotic Moroccan and Tunisian specialities. Mix and match from a great-value menu that moves from crisp little briks, briwats, cigares and doigts de fatma (delicately spiced savoury filo pastries) to heart-warming tagines, couscous, stews and grills. Complimentary appetisers and the option of BYOB add to the feelgood vibe.

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5 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 has a gig roll that would put the likes of Wembley to shame. 

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4 out of 5 stars
Bush Theatre
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Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre has more than 30 years’ experience under its belt with a great record in comedy, satire and West End transfers.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Bars and pubs in Shepherd’s Bush

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
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
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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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
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Hotels in Shepherd’s Bush

Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush

Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush

A strikingly modern, eight-storey hotel overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Green.

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K West Hotel & Spa

K West Hotel & Spa

The plush hotel was once a BBC recording studio for the likes of David Bowie, Roxy Music and the Kinks.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The perfect weekend in Shepherd’s Bush

Shop: Westfield London
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Shop: Westfield London

The giant shopping centre occupies 43 acres and covers nine different postcodes.

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4 out of 5 stars
Dance: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
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Dance: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

David Bowie, Elton John and The Rolling Stones have all played here.

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4 out of 5 stars
Eat: Pergola on the Roof
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Eat: Pergola on the Roof

Salt ’n’ Sauce from Bonnie Gull on top of a car park. 

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3 out of 5 stars
Sip: Albertine
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Sip: Albertine

A cosy, lovely local with an excellent wine list.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars