The History of Shepherd’s Bush Area of West London

Shepherd’s Bush is a district situated on the West side of London, England, located 8 kilometers west of Charing Cross and can be seen as a major metropolitan area in the London Plan. The main interest of the location is the shopping area in Shepherd’s Bush Green, with the Westfield Shopping center quite close to the north side. Although it can be seen as a typical London style district, it contains pubs, restaurants, independent shops and also a large number of attractions such as Askew Road, Goldhawk Road, and the famous Queens Park Rangers.

Its history is filled with moments and remarkable scenes represent the evolution of this London district, and it is must understand before judging its simple appearance when looking at it from afar.

Originating from 1635, the area was used as common land by the foreigners who settled in and also started to become a shepherd’s field quickly gaining popularity for its lustful green area perfect for the sheep to be kept in. This started expanding towards Smithfield Market in the City of London and theory claims that the zone was named after a common shepherd from around there. If we would be to go further in history, some data states that recordings from the year 704 have evidence of human habitation in this now founded district.

In the 19th century, a map of London was created (more exactly in 1841) which started to unveil a largely undeveloped and rural side of London, such as this district, open to farmland and low in population, compared to the fast-developing city of Hammersmith which was a contrasting district from Shepherd’s Bush. The development of residential areas inside the district started in the late 19th century when the population started to expand effortlessly, also being influenced by the Catholic Church which also brought the Gothic style buildings and architectures. (Source: Wikipedia)

In the 20th century, the evolution started to spread inside the district so fast that it was taken into account when bombings started to happen in the WWII from German flying-bomb attacks which struck the area at random and without any warning. This is also the first time the Beatles appeared on air in 1963 with their first recorded live session on BBC TV at Lime Grove Studios. Also, a second chance was offered for the studio in 1964 by the band for another recording, sadly being the last one in Shepherd’s Bush because of the studio being closed down to make room for housing.

In the 1930s the BBC’s Transcription Services, formerly called The London Transcription, was relocated from its Maida Vale Studios to Kensington House on the South Side of Shepherd’s Bush Green. The building has since been transformed into a boutique hotel (K West Hotel & Spa), restaurant and bar. (Source: Wikipedia)

The history of the district might seem to some as ordinary, but as history progresses, a lot of mentions start to appear during the years, the Beatles being of the biggest footprints in its history.

Now if we take a look at the district in its current form, the area starts to blend in with the evolving trends and technologies that other more advanced cities have adopted from long times ago. The people are cheerful and thankful for having a clean and history filled home with a lot to talk about, more modern buildings have started to erupt to the skies while maintaining the more interesting gothic style churches around the area.

There are plenty of things you can do and see in Shepherd’s Bush area of West London, starting from shopping in the malls and small shopping centers, to having a relaxing evening in the parks and grass filled areas made especially for its habitats to enjoy, or even dine at a restaurant that can serve you a well-cooked meal from a hard-working chef.


Let’s take for instance Abu Zaad’s restaurant. This is something new for the people in Shepherd’s Bush as it gives a middle eastern feel to the place and the cuisine. You can try out some pots of rice, aubergine (which is very oriental, and you never tasted anything like), all at a low value just in case you need some food to go without the hassle of having to dress-up.

Pubs are everywhere in London because this is what makes it cheerful, and Shepherd’s Bush tends to respect that decision by giving you the Defector’s Weld pub, which has a very medieval name to it, offers a relaxed atmosphere with a wide selection of beers, wines, cocktails and other happy drinks that will excite your taste buds. During the evenings, you can even get a hold some DJs rocking the disks to keep you entertained while visiting.

But if you want something a bit more romantic, if not more haute-couture to the style, then you try a gander at the Bush Hall restaurant which is perfect for long dinners and business meetings. This place also has quite a history, being one of the oldest restaurants to survive the second World War, at the beginning being used swing dances, cabaret shows, concerts and even bingo nights. As of now, you can only expect a hot meal cooked with care and nice relaxing ambient music to sip through the wine.


The Bush Hall also has a counterpart, such as the Bush theater, the most celebrated and well-known theater in the world because of its worldwide distribution of background singers and writers, presenting their work to the highest standards of care that come together with quality. This is a must to visit at least once in a lifetime, if not during screenplay, at least during for sightseeing.

To wrap up the entire ordeal with Shepherd’s Bush, the district has started to become well-known for its simple historic events that marked quite a few moments in the music industry, and also for the well-known gothic art that is presented in Catholic churches spread across the concrete streets. As of now, while being a touristic attraction for many, it is also keeping up with entire London’s trends when it comes to technology attractions, concerts, architecture movements, shopping centers, malls, parks and other activities that define historic evolution. All of these while being wrapped up an in more than 10 centuries of events that shaped it up to be as it is.

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