Shepherd‘s Bush is an 8-acre multicultural neighborhood nestled within the West London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. While it’s a tiny area that is seldom mentioned in books, TV and film adaptations, and songs, it’s brimming with establishments that suggest to tourists and residents of nearby neighborhoods to avoid missing out on the chance to check out all that it has to offer. From cafes, comedy bars, first-class pubs, and rowdy bars to music halls, restaurants, shopping centers, and theatres, the place seems to be one of the most colorful entertainment hubs in London.
Here are 13 interesting facts:
- According to a theory, its name was coined due to shepherds’ use of the common land as a resting spot whenever they proceed to London’s Smithfield Market. Another rumor goes that, since it was recorded as Sheppards Bush Green in 1635, it was named after a resident.
- Famous musicians in the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, R.E.M., and The Rolling Stones have performed in its music halls including the Bush Hall, Ginglik, and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
- From its center (also known as Shepherd’s Bush Common and Shepherd’s Bush Green), Westfield – Europe’s biggest indoor shopping center – is just a stone’s throw away.
- It is bordered by exciting London Boroughs including Acton, Kensington, Holland Park, and Notting Hill.
- It is serviced by 5 underground stations namely Goldhawk Road station, Shepherd’s Bush Market station, Shepherd’s Bush station (or the tube), White City station, and Wood Lane station.
- It is the home of legendary rock n’ roll groups including The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Who.
- It is the location of The Bush Theatre – a prestigious writing theatre with the highest standards.
- It is the location of globally known entertainment studios including the BBC TV Centre, Endemol, and Escape Studios.
- Its central market, the Shepherd’s Bush Market, is a favorite of the Caribbean community and is open to the public 6 times a week.
- Its Northern region, White City, is home to the historical White City Estate, a housing estate that was built in the 1930s and has become a notable tourist destination.
- Its streets are surrounded by outstanding classical architecture in the form of Elizabethan and Victorian houses.
- The list of popular landmarks that can be accessed via the tube (within an hour) from the center of the neighborhood includes Kings Cross, The London Eye, The National Gallery, and The Tower of London.
- Within, there are 5-star hotels, flats, serviced apartments, and vacation cottages that visitors can use if they plan on staying for more than a day.