G’day mates. (Sorry we just couldn’t resist). We’re pretty obsessed with all things Australian – especially the fashion brands that have been born there in the last few years – so we’re pretty excited to celebrate Australia Day today.
Luckily, London’s got a wealth of Australian bars, cafés and restaurants, as well a load of events being hosted by some not-so-Australian venues.
So if, like us, you want to max out your Australia Day celebrations, we’ve put together the ultimate Aussie itinerary to keep you busy from morning to, well… morning again.
Breakfast at Granger & Co
Kick off ‘Straya Day’ bright and early with breakfast (or brunch) at Granger and Co. This much-loved restaurant, with branches in Clerkenwell, King’s Cross and Notting Hill, is well-known for its incredible breakfasts offering everything from smoothies and fresh juices to chia pots and miso mushrooms. What you might not be aware of, however, is that it’s also an Australian restaurant.
Granger & Co. Clerkenwell, 50 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0HA. Nearest tube: Farringdon.
Coffee at Lantana Café
This cute little café would be easy to miss but it’s a hidden gem that its clientele come back to whenever they’re in Fitzrovia. As well as an all-day menu serving everything from breakfast through to dinner, this Australian hideout serves some of the best lattes in London. Even if we do say so ourselves.
Lantana Café Fitzrovia, 13 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SN. Nearest tube: Goodge Street.
Lunch at Barossa
Next up, experience another side of Australia’s café culture in the heart of Fulham at Barossa. With a kangaroo steak sandwich, Sydney lamb burger and Barossa club ciabatta on the menu, you’ll probably want to stay for lunch. We recommend leaving room for a sweet treat after.
Barossa Fulham, 277 New King’s Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4RD. Nearest tube: Parsons Green.
BBQ & Beers at Clapham Grand
After dark, head down to Clapham Grand for some weird and wonderful Australia Day-themed fun. As well as a barbeque (of course!) expect an evening packed with face painting, confetti canons and a selection of beers from down under. Oh, and there’s a fancy dress competition too. Tickets must be bought in advance.
Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT. Nearest station: Clapham Junction.
Dance at Infernos
Once you’re feeling full on burgers and beers, head a short walk away to Infernos for the notorious Australia Day party and you know you want to. Expect more aussie beers, live entertainment and a crowd of green and gold. And if that’s not enough to persuade you, the party runs from 2pm to 1am with a free drink on arrival.
Infernos, 146 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UH. Nearest tube (if we need to say it): Clapham Common.