Shepherd's Bush

Although it boasts bars and theatres, Shepherd's Bush is heralded for being home to one of Europe's largest urban shopping malls.

Theatres and halls, triangles and strip malls, rowdy bars and shopping centers—Shepherd’s Bush is a mumbling west London neighborhood that doesn’t disappoint. The neighborhood’s 8-acre triangular green space teems with activity and invites pleasure-strollers and passers-by to peruse the cafes, pubs, and theatres along the park’s surrounding streets. When local labels aren’t enough, check out Shepherd Bush’s claim to fame—the neighborhood is home to Europe’s largest urban shopping complex.

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On the Map

Shepherd's Bush is within LB of Hammersmith & Fulham and bordered by Holland Park, Notting Hill, Kensington, Hammersmith, Acton, RB of Kensington and Chelsea, LB of Ealing, and LB of Hounslow

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The London Eye: 26 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 42 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 85 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 30 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 40 minutes on the tube

Large-Scale Commercialism Shared with Local Sensibilities

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Shepherd's Bush connects two very distinct communities. Shoppers flock to the neighborhood's most famous attraction–Westfield mall.

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While cash registers ring in Westfield mall, Shepherd's Bush locals are likely to be found perusing the stalls of their neighborhood markets and small-scale butchers and bakeries.

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Regardless of personal shopping tastes, residents and visitors can often agree on one thing: finding entertainment afterwards.

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Popular sports bars, pubs, theatres, and music venues surround Shepherd's Bush.

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Shepherd's Bush isn't one to boast, but we'll let you in on a little secret.

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The streets surrounding the neighborhood's center might look modest, but they showcase some very impressive classical architecture.

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See what we mean?

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The local area has many good local take aways and restaurants, catering for all tastes. There is shopping galore with Westfield london Europe's largest inner city shopping mall just 10 minutes walk away."

Shopping Attractions: Europe's Largest Urban Shopping Complex

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As Europe's largest indoor urban shopping center, Westfield houses over 200 retail stores, shops, and stalls.

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How to describe the size of this massive material-goods mall?

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It's larger than thirty football pitches and longer than an epic novel.

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The Shepherd's Bush tube and train stations promise quick connections to central London, so you can shop all day and still get back in time for supper.

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Shepherds Bush itself is a prime real estate location. It is among one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the capital with convenience stores and multi ethnic restaurants just around the corner."

Shopping Attractions: The Local Look

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Don't mind the urban mall–Shepherd's Bush supports its own kind of marketplace.

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Shepherd's Bush market is open six days a week, and is especially popular with London's Caribbean community.

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The market feels decidedly less commercial than its corporate counterpart.

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Multicultural, easy to travel to & from, has a market & certainly an Up & Coming Area!"

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

French photographer Antoine Breant has now lived in London for the past two years. This project for Airbnb gave him a chance to explore new spaces within London, get acquainted with the British way of life, and encounter a new dimension of the city.

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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