West Central London Area Guide
Shepherds Bush, White City, Wormwood Scrubs & East Acton.
What’s it all about:
Shepherd's Bush and White City make up W12, whose new centerpiece is the imposing Westfield Shopping Centre, the largest mall of its kind in Europe. With almost 300 shops, 50 restaurants and a 14-screen cinema, Westfield bravely ignored the recession to open its doors in 2008, and has done a lot to help regenerate the area. The BBC also has its White City base in W12, while on the north-western side of Shepherd's Bush Green the popular Shepherd's Bush market can be found. The name Shepherd's Bush is thought to have originated from the use of the common land as a resting point for shepherds on their way to Smithfield Market in the City.
W12 has a large Australian and New Zealand population, while the Polish, Somali, West Indian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Irish, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities have strong ties to the area. Loftus Road, the home of Queens Park Rangers, has its home in Shepherd's Bush, while Bush Hall and the Empire remain popular theatres and live music venues.
Rail - Shepherd’s Bush is on the Overground, with trains to Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction, plus London Midland trains to Watford Junction. The area will also benefit hugely from the upcoming HS2 rail project. Old Oak Common Station will be a new super-interchange which will link HS2 with Crossrail and the Great Western Main Line. This will provide rapid onward travel to Heathrow Airport. The brownfield site is now one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects backed by the Mayoral Development Corporation. The plan is to create new homes, offices and commercial space.
Tube - Shepherd’s Bush and White City are on the Central Line Tube; Goldhawk Road and Shepherd’s Bush Market are on the Hammersmith & City line, as is Wood Lane (also Circle).
Willesden Junction and Kensal Green are on the Bakerloo line. A journey from Willesden Junction to Oxford Circus takes approximately 22 minutes.
Buses - The following buses run through/from the area:
94 (Piccadilly Circus)
237 (White City)