With over 200,000 Australians living in London, the UK capital always puts on plenty of events to make sure our Aussie cousins dont’ feel too homesick on their national day! A public holiday in Australia, 26th January marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first British ships in New South Wales. The event has been celebrated all over Australia since 1808 and street parades, boat races, concerts, fireworks and barbecues are held all over the country. Here in London, the celebrations centre around the city’s Australian bars, where you’ll find them packed with revellers from first thing in the morning to the early hours of the next day.
Events will be taking place around the city to mark Australia Day. One of the best places to head to will be the Walkabout Bar in Temple. The capital’s most famous Aussie Bar will be celebrating from 2pm with karaoke, face-painting, fake tattoos, late-night opening and the Triple J Top 100 being aired throughout the day. Alternatively, join the 1 Big Night Out crew with a pub and club crawl around central London - you can get tickets here. No matter which Aussie pub you choose, you’re sure to find yourself singing along to ‘Land Down Under’ with a bottle of VB in your hand!
Even if you don’t hail from the Land Down Under, you’re sure to appreciate the benefits of celebrating Australia Day in London. You’ll find that many of the Aussie pubs will be putting on meal deals or beer offers that you can take advantage of. Check out the Walkabout, The Slug in Wimbledon or Barossa in Fulham if you want to indulge in some kangaroo steak or a good old Bondi brekkie.
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If you’re planning on visiting London for Australia Day, make sure you check out all the other great sights that this wonderful city has to offer: sail past some of London’s most famous monuments by taking a cruise on the River Thames; see the famous skyline stretch out for miles before you on the London Eye; and get some retail therapy in cool hipster hangout, Old Street.
To find out more information about this special national event, please contact Australia House, where you’ll be able to find out about the history of Australia day, the latest updates on 2017 Australia Day cultural events in London and how to get tickets for those events.
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