London area of W12 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's W12 neighbourhood

Shepherd's Bush and White City make up W12, whose new centrepiece is the imposing Westfield Shopping Centre, the largest mall of its kind in Europe. With almost 300 shops, 50 restaurants and a 14-screen cinema, Westfield bravely ignored the recession to open its doors in 2008, and has done a lot to help regenerate the area. The BBC also has its White City base in W12, while on the north western side of Shepherd's Bush Green the popular Shepherd's Bush market can be found. The name Shepherd's Bush is thought to have originated from the use of the common land as a resting point for shepherds on their way to Smithfield Market in the City. W11 has a large Australian and New Zealand population, while the Polish, Somali, West Indian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Irish, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities have strong ties to the area. Loftus Road, the home of Queens Park Rangers, has its home in Shepherd's Bush, while Bush Hall and the Empire remain popular theatres and live music venues.

See our recommended nearby W12 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

W12 Hotels

in or near W12
Hilton London Kensington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
179-199 Holland Park Avenue, W11
Located in the leafy district of Holland Park and only five minutes' walk from the Westfield Shopping Centre and Notting Hill, the Hilton London Kensington is ... More
 
 
 
The Abbey Court Notting Hill
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
20 Pembridge Gardens, W2
Wrap yourself in Victorian elegance at this exclusive hotel. Located in peaceful residential street close to Notting Hill gate, the shops and nightlife of the West-end ... More
 
 
 
K West Hotel & Spa London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Richmond Way, W14
The K West Hotel and Spa oozes luxury - its sleek design runs from the striking exterior to the rooms' understated sophistication to the spa's calm ... More
 
 
 

W12 Entertainment

in or near W12
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The Electric Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
191 Portobello Road, W12, London W11
Lush leather armchairs, beds on the front row, comfy footstools, wine coolers and small tables storing snacks and drinks make this small, independent cinema one of ... More
 
 
 
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Rough Trade West
London > Entertainment > Live Music
130 Talbot Road, W12, London W11
The record shop that launched the legendary Rough Trade label - home to The Smiths, The Fall and The Libertines among others - is still heaven ... More
 
 
 
20th Century Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
291 Westbourne Grove, W12, London W11
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W12 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near W12
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Music House For Children at St Johns
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Lansdowne Crescent, W12, London W11
A longstanding and much loved institution for local parents in Shepherds Bush, the Music House for Children has given hundreds of west London children their ... More
 
 
 
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Notting Hill
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
W12, London W11
In the South-West of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea lies Notting Hill, one of the most attractive parts of London and home to the famous ... More
 
 
 
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Portobello Road Market
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Portobello Road, W12, London W11
The famous Portobello Road antiques and flea market in Notting Hill takes place every Saturday although there are also stalls from Monday to Friday. Running from ... More
 
 
 

W12 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's W12
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Christmas Trees: Pines and Needles, Notting Hill
London > Shopping > Specialists
St Johns Church, Lansdowne Crescent, W12, London W11
A rose-nosed reindeer walks into a bar and the elf barman says: "Why the long face?" Rudolf duly replies: "I've got pines and needles". Yes, yes... ... More
 
 
 
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C Lidgate
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
110 Holland Park Avenue, W12, London W11
A fine family establishment, Danny Lidgate is the fifth generation to run the family business. Incredibly, it was established by his great great grandfather back in ... More
 
 
 
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Daunt Books Holland Park
London > Shopping > Books
112-114 Holland Park Avenue, W12, London W11
This is a sister shop to the delightful Daunt Books situated in Marylebone High Street, London, an original Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries and wonderful ... More
 
 
 

W12 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near W12 London?
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The Cowshed
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
119 Portland Road, W12, London W11
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Julie's Restaurant & Bar
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
135 Portland Road, Holland Park, W12, London W11
This is one of the loveliest spots in West London, perfect for an intimate celebration at any time of the day. The place is run by ... More
 
 
 
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Casa Cruz
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
123 Clarendon Road, W12, London W11
Casa Cruz, the first London restaurant from respected South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz, serves predominantly European food, with Argentine influences, reflecting the owner's ... More
 
 
 

W12 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London W12.
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The Cowshed
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
119 Portland Road, W12, London W11
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Duke of Wellington
London > Nightlife > Pubs
179 Portobello Road, W12, London W11
One of Young's more stylish bars, the Duke of Wellington is a decent traditional pub on Portobello Road. On Saturdays when Portobello Market is on, the ... More
 
 
 
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The Elgin
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
96 Ladbroke Grove, W12, London W11
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W12 Nightlife

W12 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Julie's
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
135 Portland Road, W12, London W11
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Julie's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
137 Portland Road, W12, London W11
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The Academy Bar
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
57 Princedale Road, W12, London W11
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W12 Leisure

W12 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Avondale Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Walmer Road, W12, London W11
Created in 1892, Avondale Park was named after the then recently deceased Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Today the Notting Hill park includes an extensive playground, ... More
 
 
 
Cowshed Clarendon Cross
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
119 Portland Road, W12, London W11
You won't find Ermintrude or any type of cow at the Cowshed. This is, in fact, a spin-off from Babington House where the Cowshed Spa cossets ... More
 
 
 
Kensington Olympic Wrestling Club
London > Leisure > Fitness
Kensington Leisure Centre, Walmer Road, W12, London W11
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W12 Education

in or near W12
Eat Well Be Happy
London > Education > 74 Oxford Gardens, W12, London W10
Rachel McCarthy is a naturopathic nutritionist helping patients with food allergies, intolerances and all manner of complaints. ... More
 
 
 

W12 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near W12.
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Electric Cinema
London > Business > Venue Hire
191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W12, London W11
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Debenham House
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 Addison Road, Holland Park, W12, London W14
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St Francis of Assisi Community Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Presbytery, Pottery Lane, Notting Hill, W12, London W11
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