Academy Music Group
The nearest London Underground stations are:
Shepherd’s Bush Central (on the Central line and about 500 metres away)
Shepherd’s Bush Market (on the Hammersmith and City line and Circle line and is about 300 metres away)
Night Tube services are now running on the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines, offering a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays. Find out more here.
Accessible public transport
There’s a lift and an escalator between the street and the platform at Shepherd’s Bush Central station, but not at Shepherd’s Bush Market.
For information on which London Underground stations are accessible, download the step free tube guide
Get more details on accessible public transport in London from Transport for London.
More on travel and other accessibility information for O2 Shepherd’s Bush can be found on our Access page.
The following bus stops are available nearby
P (Shepherd’s Bush Green) towards Acton, Hayes (207), East Acton and Barnes (283), Uxbridge (607), Golders Green (260),
N (Shepherd’s Bush Green) heads to Notting Hill and Piccadilly Circus (94), White City (148), Chiswick (272)
M (Shepherd’s Bush Market) goes to White City and Hounslow (237), Notting Hill and Piccadilly Circus (94),
U, V, X, Y (Uxbridge Road) are for White City and Hounslow (237), Roehampton (72), Camberwell Green (148)
Night buses are also available from the following bus stops.
P (Shepherd’s Bush Green) towards Uxbridge (N207)
U (Shepherd’s Bush Green) for Acton (N94) and Notting Hill and Piccadilly Circus (N94), Wandsworth and Willesden Junction (N220)
X (Uxbridge Road) for Camberwell Green (N148)
G (Shepherd’s Bush Road) for Clapham Junction (N295)
We’re lucky that Shepherd’s Bush has some of the best transport connections in the City with many other routes from the large bus interchange near the Underground station (Central line).
Remember that you can’t pay with cash on buses anymore, so don’t forget your Oyster Card/contactless bank card.
The nearest Overground train station is Shepherd’s Bush station on Uxbridge Road (adjacent to Westfield Shopping Centre). It has direct services to Clapham Junction and Stratford rail station and Willesden Junction.
Typical services are every 15-30 minutes in both directions during operational hours (reduced services on Sundays) - but it’s always best to check running times before you travel.
There’s acessible facilities at Shepherd’s Bush station with boarding ramps, escalators and lifts. More station information at TfL.
Parking and by car
Westfield London on Ariel Way, W12 is just £3 per vehicle for O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire customers between 6pm-midnight. It’s easy. Just collect a follow-up ticket from the box office or staff in the foyer and when exiting the car park, put the promotional £3 voucher into the machine straight after your original parking ticket.
There’s a bay in Pennard Road to the rear of our venue and Blue Badge spaces are available at Westfield London on Ariel Way, W12.
We’ve got plenty of bike racks nearby, outside our venue, on Shepherd’s Bush Green and local streets.
More information on self-service bike hire stations at TfL.
Always plan your journey in advance. You can find and pre-book a minicab and find the cheapest fares with minicabit.
In London, all black cabs are wheelchair accessible.
Venue opening times
We’ll have opening times, stage times (if we know them on show days) and curfew times if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig-goers (7pm-11pm) on the event page of this website and on our social channels, too. All timings are subject to change, so check before you travel.
North: O2 Forum Kentish Town: 90 minutes before the doors open on show days only.
North: O2 Academy Islington: 12 noon to 4pm, Monday-Saturday.
West: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: From 4pm on show days only.
South: O2 Academy Brixton: Two hours before the doors open on show days only.
Opening times will be different on bank holidays, so do check.
We have bars (of course), a cloakroom to leave your stuff and if you’re visiting us for the first time, just ask any of our friendly staff to show you the way. Please try and travel light as cloakroom facilities are limited, so if you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).
It’s always best to check the age restrictions for each event in advance as they vary from show to show.
A few obvious ones:
No under 8s please (think about it), but feel free to contact us if you’re unsure and avoid disappointment.
8-13 years, you’ll need to attend with an adult (18+).
Some shows are 14+ but if you're under 16 – we’ll translate – that means if you’re between 14 years and 16 years, you’ll need to come with an adult (someone 18+) and only book balcony tickets please.
Always look for admission age policies and signs such as 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+ before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it.
Find out more about age restrictions and what we accept as ID in our FAQs.
Have we got it all covered?
Hopefully, but if we’ve missed anything, it will be in our FAQs.