Party Earth Review The mismatch of quirky but stylish décor and a diverse music selection is mirrored by the range of clientele who frequent The Defectors Weld, a cozy, clean pub in Shepherd’s Bush. Background music scarcely penetrates... ... read full review
170 Uxbridge Road
London W12 8AA
Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines: Shepherd’s Bush Market; London Overground Central Line: Shepherd’s Bush
020 8749 0008
M–Th noon–midnight, F–Sa noon–2am, Su noon–11pm
Kensington / Chelsea, London –
The mismatch of quirky but stylish décor and a diverse music selection is mirrored by the range of clientele who frequent The Defectors Weld, a cozy, clean pub in Shepherd’s Bush.
Background music scarcely penetrates the buzz of conversation in the early evening, as yummy mummies laden with bags debrief after a spree at the nearby Westfield’s Shopping Centre, sharing a well-deserved bottle of crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
The BBC Television Centre just up the street means groups of media workers often drop in before the commute home, chatting over craft beers at the center marble bar.
The antique wooden tables by the entrance are snapped up by groups of friends who gather to discuss their latest party plans and peruse a menu of gastropub cuisine like duck pate and wild boar sausages, while couples on a first date relax away from the bustle over by the ornate fireplace in back or at the second smaller bar upstairs.
As the DJ takes to the decks Fridays through Sundays, the artsy crowd gathers to throw some shapes to the eclectic mix – from folk and 60s rock to jazz and indie – as scrumptious cocktails like Frisky Bisons and Caipirinhas keep the party going till late.
The Defectors Weld is a pub that suits all needs, from an evening of hearty traditional meals and quality beer to a night of dancing and a little debauchery.
Shopaholics laden with bags fresh from a trip to Westfield, relaxed after-work media crowd, West London suburbanites, new school music fanatics clad in the latest trends, and groups of old friends catching up, late 20s to late 40s.
DJs spin an eclectic mix of mostly alternative but danceable music Fridays through Saturdays from around 9pm and Sundays from around 5pm.
Pub quizzes on Mondays from 7pm.
Live indie and folk bands on second Sundays from 6pm.
Traditional British gastropub menu including wild boar and apple sausages, slow roasted pressed pork belly, and a selection of pies filled with items like minted lamb, venison, goat cheese, and sweet potato.
Upstairs room with a second bar available for party rental.
Happy Hour M–Sa 5–7pm and Su 5pm–close.
Bar snacks and appetizers £3–£8, entrées £7.50–£14. Beer £4–£5, wine £2.50–£8.10/glass or £15–£26/bottle, cocktails £7.50, cider £4–£5.
Trendy casual to dressy: checkered shirts, jeans, trainers, and comfy blouses to Armani jeans matched with tailored jackets and swankier designer wear on the shopping crowd.
Friday through Sunday nights when the DJ plays for a lively crowd or Mondays for trivia.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Shepherd's Bush Green London W12 8TT) is a popular music venue with a long history of hosting punk, rock, goth, raves, and theater, but is probably best known internationally as the site where in 2003 Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines said she was ashamed of President George W. Bush.