Shepherds Bush is probably most famous for being one of the go-to destinations for shopping in London. If you’re visiting the area, you’ll come across a lot more than Westfield.
Offering bustling markets, bouncing music venues, and buzzing bars, here are just some of the things you can get up to, on a holiday in Shepherds Bush.
Of course, you can go shopping
As we’ve already said, Shepherds Bush is famed for its shopping facilities, in particular, Westfield. According to the Independent, as of 2018, Westfield became the largest shopping centre in Europe. Home to a variety of powerhouse designers, international brands and anchor stores, Westfield boasts a staggering 43 acres. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes if you plan to visit here – you’ll rack up a hefty step count.
Just a stone’s throw away from the shopping complex, is Shepherds Bush Market. The shopping site has been operating in London for over 100 years and could not be more different in character to its neighbouring superstore.
Shepherds Bush Market is an authentic multicultural market, selling everything from spices to fresh fruit and vegetables. Like any market, it is also a haven of finds you won’t get anywhere else. You can come across anything from wall prints to furniture!
An evening at a live event
Shepherds Bush doesn’t just offer amazing day’s out. It is also overflowing with exciting live music and recording venues.
If you’re an avid supporter of independent live music and events venues, look no further than Bush Hall. Bush Hall has been standing for years, used as a dancehall during the 20’s, a soup kitchen during World War II, and has even been used as a rehearsal venue for major artists like Cliff Richards and The Who! Now that we can go to concerts again, it’s well worth seeing what’s on at this historic venue.
Have you ever fancied being in the audience while your favourite show was recorded? A lot of the UK’s biggest programmes are filmed at Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush. Tickets for recordings are usually free and include some big names like The Graham Norton Show, The Voice UK and even Comic Relief.
If you decide to take in a late night show and find yourself looking for hotels in Shepherds Bush, something like Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, could work out well.
Something for the kids?
Shepherd’s Bush is jam packed with great activities for children. KidZania, tucked away next to M&S in Westfield, describes itself as an indoor city, run by kids. Little ones can live their dream career, even taking part in games and scenarios to accrue a “wage”. Tickets are valid for four hours. KidZania is suitable for kids ages 4-14.
If your family is a bit older, consider Puttshack. Again, located in Westfield, it utilises the newest technology, so you can leave the pen and paper at home. The 9-hole course, complete with a prize wheel, skate ramp and even a drum kit, offers the opportunity to win bonus points and even prizes around the course. There’s even a bar and restaurant for when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Hopefully the above will give you some inspiration for activities while you holiday in Shepherd’s Bush.