Having acquired a nickname ("She Bu," pronounced shay-boo) and one of Britain's nicest shopping malls (truly), Shepherds Bush is experiencing a resurgence. Everything from the latest movies, Greek restaurants, Louis Vuitton handbags is available to you at the Westfield Mall, and if you need an exotic ingredient from a far-off land for a dish you're cooking at home, you're likely to find that in one of the local markets. Shepherds Bush is on the Central Line, known as one of London's fastest and most reliable Tube lines, which will whisk you swiftly to Oxford Circus, Bank or St Paul's (in the City). Notting Hill is two stops away.
Pros: a lot of Kiwis, Aussies and South Africans. Cons: a lot of Kiwis, Aussies and South Africans.