Shepherd’s Bush in West London is known for being a multicultural hub and ear to the ground community of shopping, partying and culture. Whether you’re looking for a night out or a wholesome afternoon, there’s plenty to keep you interested in days on end in Shepherd’s Bush. So what is it about this historic area which has people returning day after day and what does it tell us about London as a whole?
History of Shepherds Bush
Taking its name from the common land used by Shepherds to herd cattle when the land was still common land and hadn’t been built upon, the area of Shepherds Bush has changed a lot since then. During the 19th century, Shepherds Bush remained undeveloped, with a lot of grassland dominating the area. The late 1800’s saw population growth demanding the area be developed, and by the 20th century the area was the urban metropolis it is today especially because of its great access routes into the city centre, especially useful for those staying in the nearby Heathrow Hotels. During the second world war much of Shepherds Bush was affected by the Blitz and the associated bombings, leading to the redevelopment of the area during the post-war era.
Originally a dance hall after its creation in 1904, Bush Hall has also served as a bingo hall, rehearsal stage and even a soup kitchen during the Second World War. With the wide range of uses, Bush Hall is now used as a music venue, welcoming international acts in a wide range of genres. Whether an American Bluegrass band or a British dance act, Bush Hall is not afraid to push the boat out when it comes to entertainment.
The Bush Theatre is one of the best theatres in London for championing diversity and inclusivity in the arts. With a range of plays for all tastes, the Bush Theatre is a great venue for family entertainment and fringe theatre in equal measure. With its great line up of eclectic and diverse performers and theatre makers as well as a classy bar and beautiful interior, the Bush Theatre is perfect for an evening of culture.
Westfields is a shopping centre based in the nearby White City which gives guests a chance to shop in some of the biggest names on the high street as well as a vast range of restaurants to relax in.
Shepherds Bush Market
Shepherds Bush Market is one of the most famous markets in London and is located near Uxbridge Road and the railway viaduct for the Hammersmith and City Line. The market is known for selling a range of independent wares and clothes. This is great for those looking for a taste of local life and its associated atmosphere.
Shepherds Bush Empire
For those staying in hotels near Great West Road, the Shepherds Bush Empire is the perfect venue to find some of the world’s biggest music and comedy names performing. If you’re staying near Shepherds Bush and want a night to remember, then the Empire is your ticket.