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1) Shepherds Bush is in West London, a 10 minute bus ride to Notting Hill and a 20 minute tube (subway) ride to the West End. I have lived here for 8 and a bit years.
2) It's kind of shabby and has its own "character" but it's gradually being redeveloped. Westfield Shopping Centre recently opened here. It's the biggest inner city shopping centre in Europe. It's more upmarket than I expected. It's got the usual designers like Prada and the usual high street stores like Topshop, but it's also got a lot of chains I hadn't even heard of before. And you have to queue to get into the Ugg boot shop.
3) Because of Westfield, the public transport system round here has undergone some changes. The old Wood Lane tube station has been re-opened because it's close to Westfield. Shepherds Bush tube station itself has been refurbished and now looks completely different. It's surreal. And we've also got an Overground train station now.
4) Shepherds Bush Green is ok, if you ignore the drunks and rats. A lot of people go there for sunbathing or lunch during the 2 hours of summer we get.
5) It's one big ol' cultural melting pot: English, Irish, Somalians, Australians, West Indians, Russians, South East Asians and Chinese people all live here. You can get any food you want, from traditional English pie & mash to Russian marinated herring to Caribbean jerk chicken to Australian pies. (No, I don't know the difference between English pies and Australian pies, but there really is an Aussie pie shop here.) I once spent New Year's Eve in a Somalian restaurant. It was completely mad.
6) The BBC is based just up the road, in White City. People are always surprised when they first come here, because they were expecting the home of the BBC to be a more upmarket area.
7) Shepherds Bush Market sells everything: clothes, bags, fruit & veg, candyfloss, fish, shoes and make up.
8) Shepherds Bush Empire is one of the most famous music venues in London. In recent times, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Cyndi Lauper and Robin Thicke have all played there.