London is the best city in the world, but for us Aussies in London sometimes no place is like home.
Moving to London I left all my Australian home comforts behind. I was so ready to embrace this new wide world that I didn’t even pack a single packet of Mint Slices—boy, do I regret that!
After 18 months of calling London home, I’ve embraced it like a true expat and now can’t live without a Yorkshire cuppa on the hour and now know that if someone asks ‘your alright?’, they don’t actually want an answer.
It doesn’t mean I don’t miss my Australian comforts though and lucky for me, and you, we’re not the only Aussies in London which means there’s lots to help remind us of home.
Here is my top 10 list of places across London to help remind us Aussies in London of home. Enjoy, and leave me a comment if you have something to add to the list. R x
10 Places Across London to Help Remind Aussies in London of Home
With flavours like Cherry Ripe and Lamington what could be more Australian? They also sell Bundy ginger beer to wash it all down it with.
Oh, and the doughnuts, as delicious as they look!
Sports are so much apart of Australian culture, but luckily they are here in London as well. With leagues like Play Netball and Go Mammoth, you can join a team in a sport you loved back home. Chances are 50% of the team will be Aussies in London anyway so you’ll fit right in.
With a very decent flat white and a menu straight out of Melbourne, this popular Clapham brunch spot offers more than just a coffee. Behind the bar they also sell Australian staples such as Shapes, Tim Tams and Violet Crumble.
Granger and co
Bill Granger opened his first restaurant in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1993 and now every Bill Granger restaurant reflects that sunny, easy-going and generous Australian culture. I had one of the best Thai curries ever at the Granger and co in Clerkenwell and the menu has a photo of Bondi on it. What gets more Aussie than Bondi and a good Thai curry?
Sanza is an acronym for South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and it’s an online store selling all your Aussie in London staples. With range across food cupboards, alcohol, health and beauty and souvenirs, they stock all your favourites including Tim Tams, Vita Wheet, Monte Carlos and Twisties.
An Australian themed pub next to Embankment Station on the river, this place is so authentically Australian a friend of mine (also from Canberra) went here to watch the Raiders Grand Final last year and was surrounded by people in Raiders jerseys. She’s a fair dinkum, true blue Aussie pub mate.
While this cafe in North London’s mission is to actually celebrate the full English, they’re flat white and Melbourne eggs would disagree. As I’ve written about on What Rebecca Eats: Blighty Coffee, this cafe is hands down the best flat white in London and as such is a total Aussie in London homesickness cure.
The Slug at Fulham
A Kiwi and Aussie themed sports and party bar, the Slug at Fulham is similar to the Walkabout, only this one is more known to the expats in London, while the Walkabout is right on the river making it more accessible to tourists as well.
From your couch
Every week day you can catch up with your mates in Ramsey Street or Summer Bay on free British TV, but the big draw card for me is Masterchef Australia on Home. Yes it’s from 2014 and I’ve ready watched it, but I’m currently so hooked on it and cheering at the TV every time Tracey gets another pin—that girl is killing it! No spoilers!!
Tesco and Waitrose
While they’re no Woolies, they do both sell a small amount of Australian groceries including vegemite for a super reasonable £1.97 for a 220g jar. They also sell Jacob’s Creek, Yellowtail, McGuigan’s wines and more for us Aussies in London desperate for a little Car-don-nay.
What helps remind you of home as an Aussie in London? Leave me a comment.