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Known to some locals as She Bu (seriously), West London’s pub and bar scene is incredibly popular, particularly Shepherd’s Bush due to live music venues like the 02, and recent influx of investment and new developments, such as White City and the Television Centre development, the former BBC building.
Although Shepherd’s Bush is changing (it even has a 5* luxury hotel on the green now), it still retains that character and urban charm which is represented by the sheer range of bars and pubs on offer.
We lived in West London for several years so here is our guide to the best bars and pubs in and around Shepherd’s Bush:
Best pubs in Shepherd’s Bush map
Best pubs in Shepherds Bush
1. Sindercombe Social
Beer meets live music at one of neighbourhood’s most popular bars, which overlooks Shepherd’s Bush Green and is located immediately next door to the 02 Shepherd’s Bush (this place can get very busy on gig nights).
The food at Sindercombe Social is usually really good, all American diner style fare like cheese-burgers, mac and cheese and buffalo chicken wings. The bar is laid out really well with ample space for bar flies to line up along the bar rop plus lots of laid back booths.
Address: 2 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8QD
A former live jazz bar and now converted into a BrewDog bar, this craft beer hotspot used to be one of regular haunts when we lived on Goldhawk Road. Warm and welcoming with an industrial interior (plus a nice line in arcade and pinball machines), the best thing about this BrewDog bar is the sheer choice of draft beers both on draft, plus available to buy or take away from the fridges.
BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush is in a prime spot and often gets rammed so if you want to bag one of the booths in the windows with views of the street, try to get there early. BrewDog also offers weekly specials like Wing Wednesday and 2 for 1 burger nights – they also do a nice line in vegan food.
Address: 15 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8QQ
3. Defectors Weld
A multi-level pub on the corner of Shepherd’s Bush green and within spitting distance of both the Westfield Shopping Centre, The Defector’s Weld is a Young’s Pub with a good selection on draft from a variety of mainstream and independent brewers. They also have a menu serving burgers and a Sunday roast, plus upstairs there is a snug bar that sometimes plays host to live music and events.
Like the Sindercombe Social, the Defector’s Weld can be very busy when there are gigs at the nearby O2 Shepherd’s Bush, so if you want a peaceful pint, check the listings in advance.
Address: 170 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8AA
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4. Princess Victoria
You may have a sense of deja vu when you first rock up to the Princess Victoria pub on Uxbridge Road – that is because it is often using a filming location for TV and movies, most recently as a location for a key scene with Matthew Mcconaugheyin Guy Ritchie’s recent The Gentleman movie.
This classic and wonderfully ornate Vicorian boozer has changed hands several times over recent years and the current owners have turned this into a gorgeous gastropub.
One of the most pleasant pubs in Shepherd’s Bush if not West London, the Princess Victoria is ideal for an afternoon session of full on family dinner. We’ve been known to play boardgames in here on a quiet Sunday morning plus they often do dining specials on certain days of the week.
Address: 217 Uxbridge Road, London W12 9DH
5. The Eagle
A little walk away from Shepherd’s Bush green (about a 10 min walk along Goldhawk Road but certainly worth it), The Eagle has one of London’s best beer gardens with oodles of outdoor space in a leafy green garden, with shacks around the edges and a raised level wooden deck.
Whilst not one of the cheapest pubs, it is very popular with local families and the quiz night is usually a sell out. The food offerings here are great, particularly the Sunday lunches.
One of the more quirky touches is the toilet entrance which can easily be mistaken for a library (well, after a few pints at least). Perfect for an alfresco pint on a warm summer’s day or mulled wine in winter, The Eagle on Askew Road is a nice neighbourhood joint and highly recommended. We used to live about two minutes away from The Eagle and were regular visitors here.
Address: 215 Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 9AZ
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6. The Anglesea Arms
A gorgeous gastropub located in a quiet residential street in West London, The Anglesea Arms is a little slice of heaven, with a roaring log fire in the winter and a flowery beer garden in the summer (very small but incredibly popular).
We only discovered the Anglesea Arms (located on Wingate Street) as we rented a flat at the end of the street here and used to walk past this pub every day on the way back from work. It is always busy and full of life, and is one of the nicest neighbourhood bars in the Shepherd’s Bush area.
The food here is exquisite with a small dining room inside to the right of the bar (booking in advance is recommended). Cosy and charming, the Anglesea Arms is an inn-credible way to enjoy a quiet pint with some delicious dinner.
Address: 35 Wingate Road, London W6 0UR
7. The Duchess W6
Whilst not strictly Shepherd’s Bush, we’ve included The Duchess pub as it is about a 15 minute walk from Shepherd’s Bush green (or less than 5 mins on the bus). This used to be one of our regular pub stops when we lived in West London as it is a hidden gem, with an ornate bar interior, rear pub garden and also a new beer garden overlooking Goldhawk Road.
We like The Duchess pub as the staff were always friendly, we could always get a seat and the bar just feels quite homely.
Address: 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF
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8. The Oak W12
A little piece of Italy in West London, this huge pub has a Mediterranean and Italian styled menu, specialising in wood fired pizzas. We visited several times and this seems to be a very popular place for family gatherings or large dinners. As well as lots of tables and seating space indoors, there is also a small beer garden just outside, plus this is only a one minute walk from The Eagle on Askew Road, meaning you could easily combine the two.
Address: 243 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8EU
March 2022 update – Albertine Wine bar is now permanently closed
Wine not go for something a little different in She Bu? Whilst more of a wine bar and not strictly a pub, the Albertine wine bar is a candlelit and cosily chic hang-out, a cut above some of the other Shepherd’s Bush bars and pubs.
Located across from Shepherd’s Bush library and adjacent to Westfield shopping centre, The Albertine has a wide variety of wines to choose from as well as tapas style plates and charcuterie cuts – and if you aren’t into wine, they have a small selection of bottled beers and ciders available too.
Address: 1 Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7DP
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10. The Bull
Westfield, one of the largest shopping malls in Europe may not be everyone’s idea of heaven, but at least there is also a pub here if you are waiting for your partner or friend to finish their retail habit, which is the main reason we’ve visited it before (whilst one of us takes waaaay too long trying on clothes).
The Bull is perfectly fine for a quick pint or two, with a small outdoor seating area and a cavernous bar and seating area inside. As you’d expect from such a high footfall area, the bar prices tend to be on the more expensive side so if you’d bagged a bargain in the Westfield stores, you can reinvest the savings here.
Address: 1033 Westfield, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7SL
11. Green Shepherd’s Bush
A shabby chic pub (possibly with the emphasis more on shabby), the Green is a so-so pub that feels like it could be a Wetherspoons (but isn’t). A neighbourhood bar big on its meal deals and live sports, this is an OK stop-off for a pint or two, with a bohemian basement bar and views overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Address: 172-174 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7JP
12. Electric Cinema White City
Love a sauvignon with your Spielberg or an ale with Angelina? Then combine your passion for the pictures with a drink beforehand at the Electric Cinema Bar in White City. A new (ish) addition to the West London drinking scene, this picture house pub has a swish decor and is a good meeting place, particularly as it is just across the road from White City tube station.
Address: 2, Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7FR
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