The History of Shepherd’s Bush Market


Dating back to ancient times, there is something intoxicating about the street market with its sharp scents of food and spices, of leather and fabrics and of people shouting and plying their trade. And so it is with Shepherd’s Bush Market – a wonderfully immersive street market experience and tradition in Shepherd’s Bush, London where you discover extraordinary handmade items not seen elsewhere and sample amazing cuisine.


Opening in the Time of the First World War

Shepherd’s Bush Market is located on land owned by Transport for London and opened for business way back in 1914, the time of the First World War. In those days, the shops lined the railway viaduct.

Well over a century old, the market is still as popular as ever and is regarded as a place where you can find wonderful people and wonderful treasures. What’s more, you can also choose from plenty of nice hotels near Shepherd s Bush. It is a historical landmark in West London, with some traders who have been with- and passed their business down for generations.

The market in the 21st century is an eclectic mix of traders and customers looking for fresh produce, toys, music, carpets, clothes and even a pet shop – a favourite with kids. There really is an offering of an amazing mix of products and services at bargain prices. The market is open six days a week except on Sundays and is open from 9 am to 6 pm. If you are staying in one of the hotels near Shepherd’s Bush, such as K West Hotel & Spa, you will find that it’s also a great place to shop for household items, delicious cuisine and a place where you can pick up some unique gifts.

Upgrades to Destroy the Character of the Place?

People have been wanting to see upgrades with the market and development was approved by the council in 2012 and endorsed by the Mayors of London’s Office. The development project was stalled and it seems that today, little has changed in Shepherds Bush Market with its original entrances on Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road. There is now the new Shepherds Bush Market with its entrance further west along the Uxbridge Road. Both these markets are privately run.

A Vibey Place Offering So Much More


Shepherd’s Bush in itself is a vibey place, and with its over- and underground stations, the market and some amazing music venues, restaurants and bars there is action all the way. When you do research on Shepherd’s Bush, you’ll quickly discover a host of activities to pick off to see and do.

The renowned Shepherds Bush Market is still a must see with its more than 100 stalls, and with customers coming from all over the world to visit, you’re guaranteed to walk away with not just heaps of bargains but having experienced something utterly unforgettable for so many splendid reasons.