O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

    One of our best kept and oldest venues, for over 100 years O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been welcoming audiences through its doors. There’s no denying this award-winning venue has a phenomenal history. An iconic spot on London’s cultural map, the building was designed by the pioneering architect Frank Matcham as the flagship of the “Empire” chain of variety theatres and its trademark tower is still a well-loved part of the Shepherd’s Bush skyline. Opening in 1903, it operated as a successful theatre until 1953 when audiences began to wane. Thankfully the BBC stepped in to save it from closure and adapted the building into a TV studio-theatre which would go on to produce some of the nation’s favourite shows including Crackerjack, That’s Life, Hancock’s Half Hour, Wogan and The Old Grey Whistle Test.

    There have been some truly inspiring performances held here and a few of the most renowned artists to play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire are Prince, David Bowie, Oasis, Bob Dylan, Take That, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Muse, The Rolling Stones and The Who.

    Accessibility Info: Assistance and ramp access available, companion tickets available too.