#StationStories - the Shepherd's Bush edition

The next stop of our #StationStories tour is Shepherd's Bush.

Shepherd's Bush Tube station

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Lines: Circle Line

Bio: Shepherd’s Bush Tube station opened on 30th July 1900. It is located in West London between White City and Holland Park stations, serving the central line only. The area is called Shepherd’s Bush as it was allegedly a pasture for shepherds as they made their way to the market. 

Shepherd’s Bush is host to a celebrated music venue, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Built in 1903, the venue is now a Grade 2 listed building. During WW2, the building came close to being hit by a flying bomb which ended up hitting the nearby pavilion. In 1953, The Empire was sold to the BBC and subsequently became known as the BBC Television Theatre. It has been used for numerous TV programmes including Crackerjack and The Generation Game, however in 1991 the building was taken over by entrepreneur Andrew Mahler. Improvements and refurbishments then took place and in 1994, the building opened under its original name of the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. 

Shepherd's Bush Station

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In 2014, it was recorded that 22.87 million entries and exits were made at Shepherd's Bush Tube station. The station was at the West end of the Central London Railway, a route approved in 1892 that formed the foundation of what we now know as the Central line. All stations on this line had their buildings designed by British architect Harry Bell Measures. The station underwent refurbishment in 2003 and the building above was completely replaced. 

Shepherd's Bush Tube station

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Changes also took place in 2008 as part of the Westfield shopping centre development . The opening of the shopping centre extended Shepherd’s Bush town centre, introducing more shops, restaurants and leisure facilities to the area. With over 27 million visitors each year, Westfield London is the number one shopping centre in the UK and a top five tourist destination in the city. Shepherd’s Bush Tube station is just across the road from Westfield London and so needless to say it’s a popular transport choice.


Did you know?

  • A completely separate station, only 500 metres away on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, was also called Shepherd’s Bush until 2008 when it was changed to Shepherd’s Bush Market, to avoid confusion.
  • A stadium was built in the area ready for the UK’s hosting of the 1908 Olympic Games.
  • This stadium also hosted a match during the 1966 football World Cup.
  • Author Charles Dickens attempted to set up a care home for prostitutes in the area in the 1800s.
  • Local Lime Grove Studios hosted the filming of many sequences for the films of Alfred Hitchcock as well as the Beatles first ever BBC broadcast .

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