Living in Shepherd's Bush

By Kirsty Henderson

Shepherd's Bush is a part of Hammersmith and Fulham Council but is a more run down neighbour to these two areas. Acton is to the east, Hammersmith to the south, Holland Park to the west and White City to the north.


Shez Bu has a lot of pretty streets and nice looking terraced houses. Houses aren't as cheap as Acton up the road, but there are lots of large sharehouses who cram in occupants to lower the rent.


Antipodeans are everywhere but there's a Walkabout pub that attempts to keep them corralled. There are loads of sharehouses in this area, especially down Uxbridge Road on the way towards Acton so travellers flock here in large numbers. The area is very multicultural and many shops along the main street have signs in Arabic as well as English.

Pubs, Clubs and Entertainment

There are pubs all the way along Uxbridge Road with varying levels of scariness. The Defector's Weld is a good place for a few reasonably classy pints. Belushi's is attached to a backpacker's hostel and is full of travellers and Aussies and Kiwis who live in the area who stop by for $2 Bundaberg and Coke. There is a Walkabout pub at the end of the green which packs out on the weekends and during antipodean related sporting events or holidays. For later nights, Ginglik gets some good reviews despite being housed in a former underground public toilet. For cheap drinks there's a Wetherspoon's inside the mall.

Shepherd's Bush Empire is right next to the Walkie and gets some great acts coming through. There's a smaller concert venue up the road called Bush Hall with more obscure acts. The mall has a Vue cinema. Loftus Road football stadium hosts QPR games and the pubs in the area fill up on game day with fans with the Queen Adelaide being a popular choice.

Parks and Recreation

Shepherd's Bush is a bit lacking in parkland with the only option being the Green which is sandwiched between three heavily trafficked roads and home to some of the area's more colourful characters. Not exactly the most relaxing setting when you have to dodgy scary drunken bums, and I don't mean the friendly ones who stumble out of Belushi's ot the Walkabout. The park has a children's play area and tennis and netball courts.

Shops, Restaurants and Takeaways

Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road are the main eating and shopping areas. All the usual fast food places can be found somewhere along the main road and there's a large Morrison's supermarket inside a small mall across the road from the central line underground station. There are a lot of small, locally owned restaurants but not much in the way of clothes stores.

There's a market beside the raised railway track that runs to Goldhawk Road station. Once you step foot into the market you'll wonder if you're still in London. You can pretty much find anything here lurking around one of the tight corners. The 'Best Palestinian Falafel' stall at the entrance to the market is cheap and very tasty.


Shez Bu is pretty well connected to the city with three tube stations and a whole lot of buses.

Good Points

  • fun place full of Aussies and Kiwis
  • great transportation links to west and central London
  • more affordable than Hammersmith and Fulham

Bad Points

  • full of Aussies and Kiwis so not exactly a true London experience (whatever that is)


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