When people think of a mini-break in London, they more than likely imagine snaking the shops in Oxford Street, drinking in the sights at the picturesque Hyde Park, and snapping photographs outside the iconic Buckingham Palace.
What many people don’t give enough attention to, however, is what’s to be explored and appreciated beyond London’s central hot spots. Shepherd’s Bush is a district within West London, and therefore doesn’t gather as much footfall and recognition as the likes of Westminster and Soho in Central London. Despite being a little further out than most tourists tend to opt for, it’s still an exciting, buzzing area ideal for tourists.
Here’s how you can perfectly spend a mini-break in this ‘slept on’ London neighbourhood.
Research the area before you arrive
There’s not a moment to be wasted when visiting Shepherd’s Bush, especially if it’s only a mini-break where time is of the essence. Researching the area in advance will help you determine which spots are more ‘up your street’. For example, with plenty of cool sports bars, sleek cocktail joints and party palaces to explore, the last thing you want to do is waste your limited time trapsing around trying to find the best venue for your taste and preferences.
Choose the best accommodation
Your accommodation can make or break or your mini-break, so it’s absolutely crucial you take time to find the best place to stay instead of booking the first thing you come across online. Shepherd’s Bush boasts many hostels, hotels, and B&Bs, all of which have something different to offer you. If you are planning a trip into Central London during your stay in the neighbourhood, a hotel near Shepherds Bush tube would be a great idea.
Book bars, restaurants, and activities in advance
Sometimes, being spontaneous is good. Other times, however, being spontaneous can lead to infuriatingly long, time-wasting queues and staff turning you away because their venue or activity is at full capacity. To avoid this, it’s always best to book the bulk of your plans online – if possible. That way, you can feel confident in the knowledge that the priority items on your bucket list can absolutely be ticked off.
Not much of a walker? Wait, just hear us out… Shepherd’s Bush spans across only 4.9 miles and has so much to offer in the way of sights and scenery. Not only will you save money on travel fare by walking instead of taking the bus or getting a cab, but you’ll also have the opportunity to see parts of the neighbourhood that you may not have otherwise had the pleasure of seeing.
Don’t countdown the hours on the last day
Everything matters when it comes to a mini-break; time is so precious and valuable. When it comes to your final day in Shepherd’s Bush, don’t fall victim to the countdown clock! We’ve all done it when we’ve been somewhere lovely and find ourselves dreading facing reality when the mini-break is over. Enjoy each moment and try not to obsess that it’s almost over. Doing so could spoil the whole trip.