Shepherd's Bush Area Guide
What’s it all about:
Shepherds Bush is an area in west London that falls into the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The name Shepherds Bush can be found in records dating back to the Iron Age, 704, and there are many stories as to how it found its name, the most popular being that the Common ground was a resting place for Shepherds on their way to Smithfield Market in the city. The area remained mainly rural until the middle of the 19th century and the 8 acre common land is a reminder of its history. Many an Australian and Kiwi have flocked to the area while it is also home to a strong Polish community.
Property in Shepherds Bush dates back to the mid nineteenth century and is dominated by three to four storey buildings that are generally divided up into flats. There’s also plenty of terraced properties from the mid nineteenth century. Hammersmith and Fulham benefits from a 3% cut in council tax prices, which doesn’t seem a lot, but it comes at a time where the majority of the country have upped prices by up to 10%, every little helps.
Culture & Development:
Shepherd’s Bush Empire
It began its chequered life as the beacon of Stoll Moss's chain of Empire variety theatres. The BBC turned it into a studio for live audiences in the 1950s; without it, TV history might lack Crackerjack, That's Life and Wogan, but it gained some credibility with the Old Grey Whistle Test. The BBC departed in 1991, and it lay unlisted for two years until the McKenzie group bought it, along with the Brixton Academy, for pounds £5.4m. Director Ian Howard claimed that the live-music industry was not living up to its potential, with some venues no more than "black boxes with a stage", and aimed to create a more thrilling, aesthetically pleasing environment. The 2,000- capacity Empire is now one of London's most popular venues and has been the British Music Industry's Best UK Venue for the past three years.
Shepherd’s Bush Theatre
The Bush Theatre is also based in Shepherd's Bush. It was established in 1972 and has since become one of the most celebrated new writing theatres in the world. The Bush strives to create a space which nurtures, develops and showcases the best of new artists and their work.
A seedbed for the best new playwrights, many of whom have gone on to become established names in the industry, the Bush has produced hundreds of ground breaking premieres, many of them Bush Theatre commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world.
Shepherd’s Bush Market
Shepherd's Bush Market is a street market in Shepherd's Bush, London. The market is located on the east side of the railway viaduct for the Hammersmith and City Tube line and is bordered on the north side by the Uxbridge Road, and on the south by the Goldhawk Road. The market sits on land owned by Transport for London and is the subject of a regeneration plan by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The market dates back to the early part of the twentieth century, when the present layout of the Hammersmith and City tube line was fixed. The market opened for business in around 1914, with shops lining the railway viaduct.
Individual market vendors sell a wide variety of goods, including fresh produce, cooked food, music CDs, household goods and clothing. Individual vendors rent their stalls from Transport for London, who own the land on which the market sits.
Westfield Shopping Centre:
Westfield Shopping Centre cost £1.6 billion and at 150,000 square metres is the second-largest shopping centre in the UK. It can be found in White City and has four stops nearby; Shepherds Bush, White City, Wood Lane and Shepherds Bush Market.
Eating: There are plenty of great places to eat in the local area with some of the best outlined below:
- The Meat Co
- Princess Victoria
- Jamie’s Italian