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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Music Venue, Performing Arts Venue, and Concert Hall
Shepherd's Bush, London
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    Bethan H.
    "Excellent view of the stage"(8 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "Great venue, really intimate space."(7 Tips)
    Ciaran W.
    "Stand on either side of level 1 for the best view in the house"(9 Tips)
    Pauline M.
    "Sit on the first level in the front tie."(2 Tips)
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  • Giorgi M.heart icon on user image
    Giorgi MerebashviliNovember 4, 2014
    No meter where you seat you will be very close to performer and connected to the vibes you came for, amazing atmosphere and nice sound quality
  • MEL BROWN S.heart icon on user image
    MEL BROWN STUDIOSAugust 24, 2014
    Great intimate venue. One of the best in London. If you get the opportunity to see live performances here do it!
  • Cla C.heart icon on user image
    Cla ClaNovember 6, 2018
    Nice theatre converted in music hall. Important: you have to be really close to the stage. If you happen to be far, the floor is also lower, so you will not be able to see the people on stage!
  • Marko O.heart icon on user image
    Marko OslanusOctober 21, 2016
    As a venue in general, O2 Empire is great place.Other than the outdated sound system, I have absolutely nothing to complain.One of my favorite venues in London.
  • Bethan H.
    Bethan HamiltonAugust 25, 2011
    Secure yourself a spot on one of the small viewing platforms either side of the main bar/stairs on the ground floor. Excellent view of the stage & you still get to keep your personal space ;)
  • Mike B.heart icon on user image
    Mike BroscheJune 5, 2015
    Reminds me of the Forum in Oz, get tickets for lower level which is standing but you have access to bars so you can watch gig and drink at the same time
  • Michael B.heart icon on user image
    Michael B.January 25, 2020
    A fantastic arena with three bars. You also get Very close to the performers.
  • Thrash Hits
    Thrash HitsFebruary 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the most beautiful and intimate theatre venues in London but it's best to sit upstairs if you want to see the band properly. Not right on the top though, or you'll probably get vertigo! Read more
  • James F.heart icon on user image
    James FergusonApril 15, 2022
    Often long queues around the corner, so either get their early or show up once the queue has subsided. Decent size with close views of the stage. Multiple bars. Toilets small - expect to queue.
  • MyVillage London
    MyVillage LondonJanuary 2, 2011
    Great venue to see live music. More intimate then the Hammersmith Apollo. There are also a shed load of bars nearby to try post and pre the gig! For more reviews check out Empire's MyVillage page! Read more
  • Mattheart icon on user image
    MattMay 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You need skill to carry full pints thru a packed gig. Hint: drink some from each at the bar before you head out & tell your mates you spilled it down people on the way, they won't know. Double win.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MackenJuly 10, 2013
    Seating rows on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd levels very close together... Not good for those with long legs or bad knees. Get there early to get on one of the sides of those levels or end if row seat.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 28, 2012
    Once a BBC Television Theatre, it’s not surprising there’s something telegenically grand about the Empire. The building’s baroque interior exudes a grown-up glamour few venues can match... Read more
  • Tom B.heart icon on user image
    Tom BradleyAugust 30, 2015
    During a show, head to the bar on the left of the stage as you look at it - no one goes to it!
  • Supriya M.heart icon on user image
    Supriya MAugust 25, 2023
    Cards at the bar now! Great team who help people who need access / mobility support :)
  • Ali M.heart icon on user image
    Ali MDecember 18, 2017
    Great theatre. Even a little bar to sauce those in the nosebleeds!
  • Caroline
    CarolineMay 13, 2010
    As Zooey Deschanel said, it looks a bit like a wedding cake on the inside. A fairly pleasant and intimate venue with decent sound. If you're standing, try arriving early so you can see the stage.
  • Kostasheart icon on user image
    KostasNovember 3, 2015
    Beautiful music venue. Excellent sound as well, even in level 3.
  • Songkick
    SongkickAugust 3, 2011
    One of the more intimate medium sized venues London has to offer, but often hard to get a good view unless you're over 6ft! The seating options give you a much better perspective.
  • Giacomo M.heart icon on user image
    Giacomo MasonOctober 12, 2016
    Nice venue! Although the floor is not sloping like in Brixton, and the beer... oh well.
  • Charming Liars
    Charming LiarsMarch 26, 2014
    Be there first to check-in & find Karnig (guitarist) for a very special prize at tonight's show!
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris R (thechristophe)November 29, 2018
    Great venue, really intimate space.
  • Kevin M.heart icon on user image
    Kevin McCulleyNovember 2, 2017
    The side stalls on the first floor offer a great view
  • David C.
    David CameronFebruary 27, 2012
    You can park at Westfield London for £3 6pm - midnight. Just ask security at the venue for an additional parking ticket.
  • Donna L.
    Donna LJune 30, 2019
    Don't expect to get your seat back if you leave without telling someone you are coming back or leaving a jacket or other marker behind.
  • Gaizka E.
    Gaizka ElordiJanuary 29, 2014
    Pints £4.75 - marvelous venue - sides valconies on first level really recommendable
  • Rachel R.heart icon on user image
    Rachel RothMay 7, 2018
    Intimate venue close to transit.
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David CuestaOctober 11, 2014
    The acoustic is perfect and the number of places as well
  • Pauline M.
    Pauline McGeeDecember 19, 2012
    Sit on the first level in the front tie. Great view for the vertically challenged- me!!!
  • Jonny W.
    Jonny WrightNovember 7, 2014
    Free cloakroom if you have o2's Priority app- the voucher will be in the Entertainment section
  • Mason D.
    Mason DanielsNovember 23, 2010
    Level 3 is the best place to watch bands. Make sure you get right at the back in the corner so you have to look round the pillar
  • Anjali R.
    If you can, sit upstairs. If it's crowded downstairs you'll hardly be able to see the stage for the crowd. Read more
  • Lef G.heart icon on user image
    Lef GermenlisFebruary 14, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great venue! In a cool area
  • Puppala D.heart icon on user image
    Puppala DupiMay 31, 2016
    Great medium sized venue
  • Pure Rawk
    Pure RawkDecember 7, 2011
    Togs beware - you'll have to store your camera in the backstage area before going back in to watch a gig.
  • Zofia S.
    Zofia SkrakowskiMarch 5, 2011
    If you're planning on dancing stay downstairs & keep to the back. Drinks are horrendously ecpensive, so get tanked up before you get here.
  • Greg F.
    Greg FearonDecember 13, 2011
    If you arrive late stand and watch directly at the bar. Great view!
  • Lukeheart icon on user image
    LukeOctober 21, 2016
    Nice venue, facilitates are pretty good.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 14, 2011
    Opening as a music hall in 1903, between 1953 and 1992 it was run by the BBC who broadcast Crackerjack, That’s Life and Wogan from here.
  • Bill B.
    Bill BOctober 12, 2011
    Al Forno down the road a tasty and cheap bite to eat before/after gig
  • Pete A.heart icon on user image
    Pete AttardAugust 23, 2017
    Great music venue
  • Richard H.
    Richard HareNovember 5, 2011
    The view downstairs isn't great, unless you can get on the rail up the stairs from the dance floor
  • Linda H.
    have seen some of my favourite gigs there - is small and cozy Read more
  • Stephie B.
    Stephie BSeptember 19, 2012
    Great concert venue .
  • Cass A.
    Cass ArtAugust 16, 2012
    Great place for intimate gigs
  • Phil D.
    Phil DuncanJuly 12, 2010
    Saw teenage fanclub here the other week. Great, small to middlin' venue... really enjoyed it!
  • Ciaran W.
    Ciaran WardMarch 27, 2011
    Stand on either side of level 1 for the best view in the house
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BrackinDecember 24, 2011
    Bring drinks before, very little to buy and they remove all the caps.
  • Stepan F.
    Stepan FarkasJuly 7, 2011
    Beatiful venue, my favourite but £4.55 for cider in a plastic cup is ridiculous.
  • Christiaan H.heart icon on user image
    Christiaan HendriksenApril 19, 2013
    If you're not taller than 6ft, you're probably not going to see much.
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