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ABOUT SHEPHERD’S BUSH

Shepherd's Bush is bounded by Hammersmith to the south, Holland Park and Notting Hill to the east, Harlesden, and Kensal Green to the north and by Acton and Chiswick to the west. White City forms the northern part of Shepherd's Bush. Shepherd's Bush comprises the Shepherd's Bush Green, Askew, College Park & Old Oak, and Wormholt and White City wards of the borough.

HISTORY OF SHEPHERD’S BUSH

The name Shepherd's Bush is thought to have originated from the use of the common land here as a resting point for shepherds on their way to Smithfield Market in the City of London. An alternative theory is that it could have been named after someone in the area, because in 1635 the area was recorded as "Sheppard's Bush Green".

Evidence of human habitation can be traced back to the Iron Age. Shepherd's Bush enters the written record in the year 704 when it was bought by Waldhere, Bishop of London as a part of the "Fulanham" estate. 

Like other parts of London, Shepherd's Bush suffered from bomb damage during World War II, especially from V-1 flying bomb attacks (known as "doodlebugs" or "buzzbombs"), which struck randomly and with little warning. 

On 13th April 1963, The Beatles recorded their first-ever BBC Television broadcast at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd's Bush. The group returned in 1964 for a further recording. Lime Grove Studios was demolished in 1994 to make way for residential accommodation. 

More recently, the White City bus station is housed in the redeveloped Dimco Buildings (1898), Grade II listed red brick buildings which were originally built in 1898 as a shed for a London Underground power station. The Dimco buildings were used as a filming location for the ‘Acme Factory’ in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and later served as the interior of the British Museum in The Mummy Returns.

PROPERTY IN SHEPHERD’S BUSH

Shepherd’s Bush has a variety of properties on offer. Originally, there were plenty of Victorian terraces, which have mostly now been divided into flats. There are now many purpose-built and new-build developments, which will be priced well on second sale, making them a great prospect for landlords looking to invest in property in the area.

LIVING IN SHEPHERD’S BUSH

There is masses to do in Shepherd’s Bush, where major venues include the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and also Bush Hall, a restored Victorian music hall. The Bush Theatre shows new plays in a former library, and there are two multiplex cinemas, the Vue Cinema overlooking the green, and another branch inside Westfield.

There are sports pitches at PlayFootball in South Africa Road, close to Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road Stadium. And the Holland Park Lawn Tennis Club is half a mile to the east.

SCHOOLS IN SHEPHERD’S BUSH

St Stephen’s CofE Primary School and Miles Coverdale Primary School are both rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, while the government schools watchdog gives Addison Primary School a “good” report.

As for comprehensive schools, Hammersmith Academy has a “good” report from Ofsted, with the behaviour and safety of pupils considered “outstanding”.

Leading private schools Latymer Prep and Upper Schools, St Paul’s Girls’ School and The Godolphin and Latymer School are all within striking distance.