Shepherds Bush Shey-Bo, Shay-bay or whatever you like to call it this pocket of trendiness in West London is cool, edgy and a bit of rock and roll. What else would you expect from the birthplace of Pete Doherty – legend.
What: Cracking Sunday lunches.
Why: Built back in 1829, the Princess Victoria has seen days as a gin palace and a tram stop before being lovingly restored to a pub in 2007. Which is good news for you, because now it means you can go there for a pretty cracking Sunday lunch and if the weather is good/you need fresh air for your hangover you can sit in the garden. Oh and they have a wine shop so you can pick up a bottle to carry on the party at home.
Where: 217 Uxbridge Road, London W12 9DH
What: Champagne and shopping.
Why: Searcys Champagne Bar is in the heart of Westfields – The Village so sip on your vintage champagne and admire the likes of Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co before strutting over to the glittering diamonds and making an alcohol clad purchase. This bar is the perfect place to relax after shopping in order to prepare yourself for more shopping – obviously.
Where: 4006 Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, W12 7GF
What: A sanctuary amongst the rush.
Why: A relative newcomer to Shepherds Bush, the Dorsett Hotel may have an historic shell but it’s all a façade as once inside it gives way to modern architecture and design. It features two restaurants, a destination bar and a spa overlooking Shepherds Bush green – perfect if you need to escape the rat race outside.
Where: 58 Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8QE
What: Home-made, locally sourced food.
Why: Not to be confused with The Hummingbird Bakery, The Hummingbird Cafe source their food locally from Queens Park farmers market. Try the home-baked honey and almond granola served with Greek yoghurt and seasonal fruit salad or for something more filling try the Spiced Moorish Eggs & Chorizo.
Where: 200 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, W127JP
What: Indian and Nepalese cuisine.
Why: Despite sounding like a children playground Monkey Temple is a great place for an Indian and Nepalese style lunch. This place is cheerful and delicious. Try the lamb badam or chicken ko-sa with a full selection of naan bread. There is no monkey business associated with food and service here!
Where: Southern Terrace Westfields, Shepherds Bush, W12 7GA