Shepherds Bush

Posted on: March 23, 2018, by :

Shepherds Bush

Locally known as ‘Da Bush’, Shepherds Bush is a residential and shopping area in west London.

Until the 19th century, it was largely a rural area. London’s population growth pushed westwards and villages like Bayswater and Kensington expanded into one continuous line to incorporate Shepherd’s Bush. However, Shepherd’s Bush is still a world’s away from the refined streets for Notting Hill and Holland Park. Even in the present day, it is still not as gentrified as its posh neighbours

It is now a lively neighbourhood centred around a triangle Shepherds Bush green, with the Shepherd Bush Empire, a music venue flanking it one side. Some of the greats in British music such as David Bowie and Rolling Stones played in the venue. There are other British acts who had roots within Shepherd Bush. These include The Who, Sex Pistols and The Clash. Ex-Libertine and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty also grew up in Shepherd’s Bush. With the large concentration of musical acts coming out of Da Bush, it has been hailed as the rock and roll capital of Britain.

Shepherd’s Bush was the site of Lime Grove Studios, built by Gaumont film company in 1915. BBC took over these and extended it into the BBC Television Centre in 1960s. The Television Centre closed down in 2013 and moved to Salford, Manchester.

Queens Park Rangers football club calls Shepherd Bush home and plays their home games at Loftus Road Stadium – just a short distance from the Green. Other notable sport mentions is Linford Christie, Olympic gold medal winner 100m and Lawrence Dallaglio, former England national rugby union captain.

Nowadays, Shepherd’s Bush is mainly a shopping destination. Westfield London, one of the biggest shopping mall in UK and Europe, opened in Shepherd Bush in 2008. It is an indoor shopping mall with a mix of high end designer boutiques, mid level chain, cineplex and a range of restaurants.

Shopping in Shepherd’s Bush is not entirely limited to the glitzy Westfield shopping mall. There are small independent cafes and charity shops facing the Green as well as the Shepherd’s Bush market. The market is lively selling all things needed by Londoners including fresh fish, meat, vegetables and other sundries. The market is home to a small falalel shop called ‘Mr Falafel’, rated one of the best falafel sandwiches in London. It won the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017.

Radiating westward from the Green, there are Middle Eastern shops including butchers and nut wholesalers along Uxbridge Road. Damas Gate supermarket is a popular shop, frequented by famous chef, Nigella Lawson who rates its meat and middle eastern wares. Running parallel to Uxbridge Road, is Goldhawk Road, home to fabric stores that will thrill any serious sewing enthusiasts.