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.

Housing

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.

People

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.

Transportation

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)

AREAS OF LONDON


Acton
Cheap rent means more money to spend at the pubs.


Brixton
Gritty, cheap and international with loads of character.


Camberwell
Edgy, gritty and artsy area close to central London.


Camden Town
Full of punks, market stalls and a great canal.


Clapham
Diverse area with everyone from yuppies to yobbos.


Ealing
Decent shopping but the nightlife is a bit uninspired.


Earl's Court
In zone one but expensive and full of tourists.


East Dulwich
A posh area south of the river but still affordable.


Finsbury Park


Fulham
Very nice area but expensive and the District line is crap.


Greenwich
Nice, safe, close to the city but not much nightlife.


Hammersmith
Great transport links and near to the Thames.


Kilburn
Great transport links but a bit dodgy at night.


Putney
Green and pretty but a little bit on the dull side.


Shepherd's Bush
A lively, edgy, multicultural area in West London.


Shoreditch
Edgy, creative and trendy with a great nightlife.


Stoke Newington


Tooting
A bit rough around the edges but a great place for a curry.


West Hampstead
Well connected by transport but a little expensive.


Willesden Green
Cheap, full of travellers and well connected.


Wimbledon
Nice area, decent nightlife and good transport to the city.

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