Shepherds Bush Area Guide
The origin of Shepherd's Bush name is obscure. It may have referred to the medieval use of local common land as a resting place for country shepherds on their way to the City of London's Smithfield Market (there appears to have been an ancient custom of pruning hawthorn bushes to provide shepherds' shelter, as they watched their flocks). Alternatively, the area may simply be named after a 17th century landowner.
In any event, in 1635 it was first recorded as "Sheppards Bush Green".
Today, Shepherd's Bush's range of varied restaurant cuisines from around the world ensures it's now a resting place of multicultural diversity and excitement. Given the legacy of its 'White City' having been a home to BBC TV for nearly 60 years, the area acts as a magnet for those in the TV and music industries (particularly, as it also offers some of London's prime music theatre venues - such as the 'Empire', 'Bush Hall' and 'Ginglik' - presenting world famous and national performers), all adding to the ‘buzz’ of this richly desirable and vibrant area.
At the heart of Shepherd’s Bush is its 8-acre public 'Green', recently having had a £2m facelift (new playgrounds installed, the listed war memorial reset on a granite plinth, and a superb tree-lined boulevard created), hosting the annual summer 'Festival' and a variety of ad hoc events. On one side is "Westfield", the biggest urban shopping mall in Europe, and adjacent roads offer an eclectic collection of independent shops, cafes and gastro-pubs.
Within a short walk of Kings' Hammersmith Lettings Office is its most fashionable district, Brook Green (accommodating a leading Independent Girls' school, 'St Paul's', and consequently its immediate environs see some of the area's keenest property prices).
Shepherd's Bush sits conveniently between Hammersmith on its southern boundary (a major transport hub for the capital, and one of West London's key commercial/employment centres), Acton to the west (the only place in the UK boasting seven railway stations, hence the reason 'London Transport Museum' is located there), and affluent Notting Hill/Holland Park on the north/eastern side.
Within Travelcard Zone 2, Shepherd’s Bush is served by five Underground stations ['Shepherd's Bush', 'Shepherd's Bush Market', 'Goldhawk Road', 'White City' and 'Wood Lane'] giving access to the 'Central', 'Hammersmith & City' and 'Circle' lines. London Overground trains use Shepherd's Bush mainline station, as does 'Southern' railways.
Hammersmith Park (partly a hundred year old Japanese garden), towards White City, is a space for leisurely recreation, and offers tennis courts as well as magnificent strolls. 'Leighton House Museum', just 17 mins walk from the Green, houses an opulent collection of Victorian Art. Notting Hill's world famous 'Portobello Antiques Market' is within similar walking distance, as is the river Thames at Hammersmith. Shepherd's Bush is home to "Queens Park Rangers", a Premiere League Football Club, with "Chelsea" and "Fulham" Clubs also located in the main Borough.
If you are thinking of Letting or renting in Hammersmith , Brook Green, West Kensington, Shepherd's Bush or West London, contact Kings' Hammersmith Lettings Office.