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

Killer Tomato
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Killer Tomato

Old enough to remember ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’? If so, you’ll be relieved to hear that chef Matt Paice’s acclaimed Mexican street food van – now upgraded to a tiny, vibesy restaurant in SheBu – has precisely zilch in common with the trashy sci-fi film that inspired its name. But when it comes to creating tasty, moreish and good-looking fare that does the trick and then some? Oh yeah: he kills it. A fresh pair of crayfish tostadas made a great first impression, mild sour cream balancing nicely with a tangy salsa that gets extra points for being made from tomatillo (a small, green Mexican tomato). And though Paice started his business on a veggie mission, bringing meat dishes into the fold has worked in his favour. Exhibit A: the wonderful fried chicken taco. It’s got a sweet-and-sour Korean flavour, with a few sesame seeds and spring onions thrown in for good measure – though it’s a shame the chicken wasn’t crunchier. The chorizo taco, while fiddly to eat, also ticked the right boxes. And if we hadn’t been tempted by the cod version – which was excellent – we’d have gone for a chicken burrito, replete with the intriguingly-named ‘Death Sauce II’. Or a cheeseburger taco, which sounds like just the thing to soak up the restaurant’s cheeky selection of tequila cocktails. You’ll probably want some fries with that too – they’re seriously good. So does all this quality eating come with a catch? It would appear not: service was smily – and on my visit, came from Paice himse

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

A pop-up eatery with feature food offerings from Salt ’n’ Sauce from Bonnie Gull, Breddos Tacos and old faithfuls Patty & Bun. 

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3 out of 5 stars
Shikumen Shepherd's Bush
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Shikumen Shepherd's Bush

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5 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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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
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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
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.

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3 out of 5 stars
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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

Comments

2 comments
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

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