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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: An Australian Guide to London

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Whether you’re a homesick expat or just looking for a first-rate cup of coffee, we’ve got you covered.

Believe it or not, over 50,000 Australians call London home. Having left behind far sunnier and warmer pastures, the Aussies have bought with them exceptional coffee, brunch and a certain laid-back charm. Want to experience Australia without taking a 23-hour flight? No worries! We’ve rounded up the best places to eat, drink and hang out with Australians across the city.

Where to Eat

More than just vegemite on toast, Australia’s café culture, and breakfast in particular, is unparalleled. From smashed avo on toast to Bircher muesli and green juices, breakfast/brunch is more than a grab and go meal, it’s a very instagrammable work of art. Thankfully there are plenty of excellent cafes and restaurants across the city to get an Aussie-style breakfast (or lunch and dinner) that is as delicious as it looks.

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Australian-owned Brown & Rosie in South Kensington is a fantastic spot for the ubiquitous brekkie staple of avocado on toast with poached eggs, as well as fresh salads, soups and of course an Australian-roasted flat white. Another hot spot is Australian chef Bill Granger’s Granger and Co. Having brought his beloved restaurant to Notting Hill in 2012, there are now several outposts across the city attracting daily queues for the famous scrambled eggs and exceptional ricotta hot cakes.

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Head to Timmy Green, part of the popular Daisy Green group of cafes, for a fantastic Aussie brunch, stellar Chicken Parma, and proper Lamingtons, or settle in at Lantana Café, which offers iconic Australian favourites in a laid-back environment, including smashed avo, and some of the city’s best corn fritters.

For other expat staples stop by Love in a Cup on Brick Lane, which stocks everything from Tim Tams and Wagon Wheels to bottles of VB and jars of Vegemite (after all, Marmite just isn’t the same).

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Where to Drink

Coffee that is. Australia is proudly home to some of the world’s best coffee, and is unashamedly a country that simply refuses to buy bad, or even average, coffee. That Starbucks failed down under speaks volumes. Luckily, the surplus of Australian-educated baristas have revolutionised London’s own coffee scene, and are largely responsible for some of the city’s best coffee.

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Opened in 2009, independent Aussie café Kaffeine is one of the pioneers of London’s specialty coffee scene, and a popular spot to get a caffeine fix. Deli-style breakfasts, sandwiches and salads are also available, as is a great selection of pastries, including the incredibly tasty ANZAC biscuits. Nearby, sample one of the best flat whites in London at Soho favourite Flat White, which helped popularise the iconic Australian coffee.

What to Do

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While having a BBQ and going to the beach aren’t so easily done, there are various venues across the city that host Australian events, traditions and, well, hordes of Australians. Every year, Clapham Grand screens the AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final complete with a sausage sizzle, Australian beers and an Aussie tuck shop, while those eager to party with hundreds of antipodeans are guaranteed to do so at The Church. The notorious bar/club is something of a home away from home for many Australians based south of the river, and holds a range of events throughout the year.

Alternatively, catch some of Australia’s best and brightest comedians at Soho Theatre. Having recently hosted Steen Raskopoulos and Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng, the theatre is a favourite among Aussie comedians looking to bring their material to London audiences.