The Redleaf Roamer: Shepherd’s Bush


Sofie Ford

Shepherd’s Bush

The Redleaf Roamer: Shepherd’s Bush

In the Redleaf Property team, our passion for bricks and mortar isn’t confined to the working day – we love exploring different places in London and abroad, appreciating an area’s character, amenities and eccentricities.

In the latest instalment of the Redleaf Roamer series, Sofie Ford tells us why she made Shepherd’s Bush – endearingly nicknamed SheBu by its thriving antipodean community – her home.


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How did you find out about Shepherd’s Bush?

Honestly, it was pure luck.

I took a job with an almost immediate start and came to London for just one day to find myself a new home – or else spend my first working week sleeping on the office sofas! I scoured the internet for possible dwellings, booked viewings and jumped on the train.

The ‘Maisonette’ in Shepherd’s Bush was by far the best of the bunch, so I signed on the dotted line.


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What do you like best about Shepherd’s Bush?

Location location location. Could this be the best connected area in London? I certainly think so.

Hop on the Central line and you can be shopping on Oxford Street or brunching in Shoreditch within minutes. There’s the Overground to take you to Clapham and beyond. The Hammersmith and City line will whisk you to Heathrow or Paddington whenever you need to escape. The 49 bus will shuttle you to trendy Kensington and Chelsea.

And if you’re feeling particularly active, it’s just a short, straight bike ride down to Regent’s Park or Notting Hill.


The Hummingbird Deli, Shepherd'd Bush


What are Shepherd’s Bush’s hidden gems?

The best avocado toast and bacon sandwich in town at the tiny Hummingbird Deli, just across the road from Shepherd’s Bush Market. The avocado revolution doesn’t show signs of slowing, but if you’re not yet a fan, Hummingbird Deli is sure to change your mind.



Any downsides to SheBu life?

I hate the garish sight of the funfair rides that descend upon Shepherd’s Bush Green on what seems like a monthly basis.

Even if Shepherd’s Bush Green is essentially a glorified roundabout, when it’s quiet and funfair-free, it’s a green haven.


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