Secret London: Shepherds Bush
Little Known Facts about Shepherds Bush
The White City Olympics in 1908 created the standard distance of the marathon – 26 miles and 385 yards. The only reason there is 385 yards at the end is because the finishing line was moved to outside the Royal Box where Queen Alexandra was sitting!
Keith Richards, the guitarist of the Rolling Stones, was an inmate for 30 hours at Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1967. He was released on appeal for a drugs conviction!
A car bomb attack by the Real IRA in 2001 damaged the BBC Television Centre
Shepherds Bush is the birthplace of infamous Pete Doherty. Members of the Sex Pistols and The Who were also born here.
The famous sitcom Steptoe & Son’s junkyard had a fictional address – 24 Oil Drum Lane, Shepherds Bush.