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  1. 1. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIThe Local Guide for an Aussie Travelling to LondonPosted on May 24, 2013Before You LeaveVisa RequirementsBest Time to Travel to LondonFlights from Australia to LondonArriving in the CapitalAirport TransferAussie Accommodation in LondonThings to Do in LondonAustralian Hotspots in LondonEating Out at Aussie RestaurantsNightlife in LondonShopping in LondonFlying from Australia to London? But, confused what to expect in a foreign land. London is a home away fromhome to many Australians. It is probably because the language is same, it is easy to get visa, and it is not hardto get a job here. This city is a great base to explore Europe and has a lot of fun things to do during yourholidays.Steeped deep into history, the capital has evolved as a multicultural society on par with anywhere in the world.Area, Attraction, Hotel Name, Tube StationSearch and BookCheck in 04-Jun-2013Check out 05-Jun-2013London Hotel SearchRECENT NEWSUncover the Ghoulish Mystery ofLondon City on Your Next VisitGear Yourself up for the City ofLondon FestivalThe Local Guide for an AussieTravelling to LondonLondon with Kids! Can an Itinerary beplanned?Reviews Contact us London Guide+ 0207 828 3276 Follow us on 0Home London Hotel Types Secret London Hotels London Tube Hotels London Location Hotels London Railway Hotels
  2. 2. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APISteeped deep into history, the capital has evolved as a multicultural society on par with anywhere in the world.This city offers something to suit tastes of every Aussie, be it nightlife, music, cuisine, art, museums, culture,shopping, or sports.The best way to see such a vast city is to randomly stop locals and ask them what you can do. But, if you wantto experiment on your own, then use this guide. Here is some detailed information about everything Aussie inLondon from a local. You can dig into a lot of things including nightlife, culture, restaurants, and Australianfestivals in the capital.....................................................................................................................................................................BEFORE YOU LEAVEA trip to London needs some specialist skills. So, here are few important things to do before you leaveAustralia. In-depth advice and tips from locals do not leave home without it!Visa Requirements for Aussies in UKAn Australian citizen, legally residing in Australia does not need to apply for a tourist visa to enter UK. You canget a short-term visa, usually up to 6 months on your entry in Britain. You need to present your passport andsatisfy the immigration officer that the purpose of your visit meets UK Immigration Rules. Aussies get free visason their entry into the country.Embassy InformationUNITED KINGDOM HIGH COMMISSION,AUSTRALIACommonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, Canberra 2600Tel: +61-2-6270-6666Fax: +61-2-6270-6666Email: bhc.canberra@britaus.netWebsite: www.britaus.netAUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION,UNITED KINGDOMAustralia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LASurprise Your Parents with a PerfectTrip to LondonNEWS ARCHIVES► 2013 (44)► 2012 (25)NEWS CATEGORIESThings to do in LondonHotels in LondonLondon EventsLondon AttractionsLondon NightlifeShopping in LondonEntertainment in LondonLondon RestaurantsTips and SuggestionsTravel Guide
  3. 3. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APITel: 020 7379 4334Fax: 020 7240 5333Email: consular.lhlh@dfat.gov.auWebsite: www.uk.embassy.gov.au/Nearest Tube: TempleBest Time to Travel to LondonTiming of your visit to London is often important. Every season in the capital has something unique to offer. So,there isn’t a bad time to visit London. Start arriving in January or February, as it is the time to celebrate AustraliaDay in London. Sip in some tasty Australian beers and take part in lively events at this festival in London. Youcan even save a lot of money by taking a summer break in London by June. It is the perfect time to catch upwith some spring festivities and activities in the city.Flights from Australia to LondonThere is no direct flight from Australia to London. Flights fromAustralia usually take 24 to 36 hours to reach London becauseof 9 to 13 hour time difference. You can choose travelling enroute to London, while stopping at Thailand, as plenty of flightsfly to the capital through Bangkok. Shop around for best onlinefares, keeping in mind a variety of factors. Ask your travel agentor book directly online at skyscanner to avail best flight deals.London is connected through four major airports, namely Heathrow, City, Gatwick, and Stansted. If you aretravelling from Australia to London, you can get down at these airports.London City Airport – Ideally located for those travelling in the heart of the capital, London City Airportconnects is preferred by both business and family travellers. It lies just 22 minutes away from Bank tube station,allowing you to travel to the central part of the City. Get high-class facilities and services at this airport, includingnumber of eating and drinking joints, shopping, and transportation.Flights landing at London City from Australia:
  4. 4. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API1. KLM – Connects Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Brisbane2. Jetstar – Connects Darwin3. Qantas – Connects Perth and Gold CoastHeathrow Airport – Shop, eat, and relax at London’smajor international airport, serving the whole of England and UK.The busiest airport in the UK, Heathrow is a primary hub of BritishAirways and Virgin Atlantic. Spread across five major terminals,Heathrow features plenty of shops, restaurants, informationcounters, accommodation desk, and foreign exchange facilities fortravellers.Flights from Australia to Heathrow:1. Virgin Australia – Connects Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, and Townsville2. Qantas – Connects Darwin, Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast, Gladstone, Armidale, Canberra,Ballina, Townsville, Devonport, Mount Hotham, and Hamilton Island3. Virgin Atlantic – Connects Adelaide, Gold Coast, Cairns, Hobart, Launceston, and Canberra4. Air New Zealand – Connects Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Cairns, SunshineCoast, and Norfolk Island5. Qatar Airways – Connects Melbourne and Perth6. Emirates – Connects Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide7. Jetstar – Connects Darwin and LauncestonGatwick Airport – The second largest international airport in the city, Gatwick has two terminals cateringto over 35 million passengers every year. This airport provides a wide range of facilities, especially for business,disabled and family travellers. Holiday or business travellers from Australia will find number of hotels nearGatwick Airport to unpack and travel to the heart of the City.Flights flying from Australia to Gatwick:
  5. 5. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API1. Air China– Connects Melbourne and Sydney2. Garuda Indonesia – Connects Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne3. Qantas – Connects Melbourne, Sydney, Launceston, Gold Coast, Canberra, Gladstone, Devonport, and CoffsHarbour4. Emirates – Connects Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and PerthStansted Airport – A passenger airport in Essex, Stansted is a base for number of low-cost air carriersin Europe. It has one main passenger terminal, catering to over 24 million passengers each year.Flights from Australia to Stansted:1. Air Berlin – Connects Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne....................................................................................................................................................................ARRIVING IN THE CAPITALLanding in LondonIn a fast-paced city like London, you need to be organised, it is abasic survival necessity. Here is what you must know once youland in this historic city. When you get down at the airport, youwill go through the passport control:It is important to fill out the landing card with the address where you will be staying in the city.Make sure your passport expires at least six months after you planned departure from the capital.Have you previous bank statements and other important documents necessary for your visitKeep a copy of your travel plans and important numbersBe polite and answer to questions concerning your destinations, purpose of travel, and expected departure.Airport TransferYou will find number of ways to get into the main cityfrom airports. Choose your mode of transportation from
  6. 6. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIthe information given below:From London City Airport – This is one of theclosest airports to Central London, allowing you to arrivein the capital within no time.Buses1. Route 473 covers areas between City Airport, Silvertown, Stratford, North Woolwich, and Prince Regent DLRStation.2. Number 474 runs through Canning Town, North Woolwich, and East Beckton.TrainsSilvertown and City train stations are situated near City Airport. Board trains from these stations to travel tonorth and west London. To travel to the main centre, get down at Islington station and get on the tube.DLRThe Docklands Light Railway is the best and convenient way toreach the City of London from the airport. Get on DLR from CityAirport to Canning Town tube, taking around 7 minutes. You willfind DLR trains running after every 10 minutes from the airport.TubeHop on DLR from the airport and get down at Canning Town tubestation, which connects with other important tube lines in the city.TaxisFor a more comfortable travel, get on a taxi from the airport. It takes 30 minutes from the airport to the main city,costing you approximately £20 to £40.From Heathrow Airport – Lying around 20 miles to the west of Central London, Heathrow connects allparts of the city. Select the mode of transportation from this information:
  7. 7. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIBuses1. Route 105 connects Heathrow Central Bus Station to Craneswater, Sussex Road, Southall, Ash Grove, andGreenford.2. Number 111 runs through Heathrow, Oxford Avenue, St Leonard’s Church, Kings Avenue, Hampton CourtPalace, and Cromwell Road Bus Station.TrainsHeathrow Connect is a special train service from the airport,connecting Paddington via 5 stations in west London. You will geta train after every 30 minutes, and usually takes 25 minutes fromHeathrow to reach Paddington. For a more comfortable travel,board Heathrow Express, running non-stop between the airport andPaddington.TubeAll Heathrow terminals have direct connection with the PiccadillyLine, taking approximately 50 minutes to reach Central London. This service is available from 5 am until 11.40pm.TaxiIt will take around 45-60 minutes from Heathrow to Central London in a taxi and costs somewhere between £45and £70.You will get low floor and disabled friendly buses from all airports in London. Gatwick and Stansted airports areeasily connected through tubes, trains, and taxis with the main city centre. You can even hire cars from manytop car rental companies to explore the architecture and green spaces in the city.Oyster CardsTravelling with Oyster Cards is the cheapest way toexplore the city. It will help you to easily get aroundusing public transport like buses, DLR, tubes, and
  8. 8. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APItrains. Get pay as you go Oyster Card, and stopworrying about your travel costs. For detailed informationabout this Travelcard, visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/.Money TransferOnce you land in London, you might look for foreignexchange or money transfer. As an Aussie, you will findit easy to transfer money online at lower fees, with maximum clearance time of 3 working days. You get betterexchange rates, with no minimum or maximum amount too.Travel InsuranceGet adequate travel insurance for your holiday, as it will help you reduce the risk of something nasty happeningto you while you are away. Choose a good travel insurance policy early and make sure you have the right levelof coverage as per your travel needs.Australian Community Groups in LondonWhen in London, you may search for some native groups or communities that will help you with your travel. Inthe heart of the capital, you will find many Aussie community groups and associations that welcome peoplecoming from Australia.The Australian Women’s Club welcomes all Australian women to join their friendly team. The club membershiphere allows you to engage in several social activities, such as visiting museums, art galleries, and interestingwalks to secret places in the city.If you are travelling to London for business, then contact www.australianbusiness.co.uk. This is the sole Britishorganisation that brings together companies and professionals from Australia and New Zealand.
  9. 9. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIAussie Accommodation in LondonWith so many Australians travelling to London every year, the city has become a rite of passage. Book yourflights to London, and then backpack Europe while staying in the city to explore everything it has to offer. Never-ending parties in London with new friends and some classic jokes about Fosters will surely make your staymemorable.If you plan to spend an extended stay in London, then begin searching online at places likelondonhotels4u.com. You will find a variety of hotels, serviced apartments, and budget accommodations as peryour requirements. Book a stay online and get best deals and prices on your accommodations in London.HostelsIf you do not mind sharing, then hostels are best place to stay in London. They have excellent socialatmosphere and range usually from £15 to £25 per night.ApartmentsServiced or rental apartments are best value for money if you areplanning an extended stay in the capital. Be patient, as
  10. 10. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIsearching a good apartment in the city can be time consuming.However, you can click here to book the best online apartmenthotels in London. These apartments provide lavish facilities atbest affordable prices. From separate kitchenettes to modern daybathrooms, you will get all amenities within your apartment.Budget AccommodationsLondon is a city for all types of travellers. The concept of budgethotels has helped many holiday travellers to book their stay in advance and enjoy an affordable vacation. As anAussie, you will find plenty of budget hotels in London, suitable for your planned activities, interests, and ofcourse budget. Spread all across the city, these accommodations usually charge anywhere between £29 and£60, depending upon the facilities you select.Luxury HotelsRanging from 4-star to 5-star, luxury hotels in the city cater to travellers who can spend money on their stay.These accommodations have some exclusive features that will redefine your luxury vacations. From swimmingpools to spas and in-house bars, you can expect everything during your holidays. An average night stay atthese hotels will cost you somewhere between £60 and £250, all depending upon your bookings and availabilityof rooms.....................................................................................................................................................................THINGS TO DO IN LONDONWhen travelling to London, you can engage in plenty of fun things to do with your friends and family. Fromhistoric attractions to adventure activities and nightlife, you will get lot of time to explore the city. As an Aussie,you can take part in number of native as well as British festivities and London events during your Trip. FromAustralia Day Celebrations to London Australian Film Festival, there is a wide range of events waiting for you inLondon.Take a glimpse of what you can do and enjoy in the city while travelling from Australia:Australian Hotspots in LondonThe capital city of London is full of Aussies,
  11. 11. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIespecially towards the south-west region. Here arefew top hotspots in the city that you can visitduring your holidays:Fulham: Fulham has a young, appealingAustralian crowd, welcoming a large number ofAussies every year. Street markets in Fulham offera slice of everything Australian. If you take a strolltowards Fulham Broadway, you will find some great bars, packed for thirsty antipodeans.Clapham: A trendy Aussie hub, Clapham has no shortage of places for a pint. There is an excellententertainment factor here, with lots of bars and restaurants welcoming everyone from Australia. Head toClapham Common, and you will find a huge expanse of space, packed with locals jogging, meeting friends,holding hands, and walking their dogs.Shoreditch: It is an alternative Aussie hotspot, with growing population from Australia. Shoreditch is agrimy and edgy place that usually is mobbed during the weekend. Hip little bars and an underground clubbingscene, you can expect all here.Eating Out at Aussie RestaurantsThe capital city features some of the best restaurants of the world,and its list of top-Aussie eateries is simply impressive. So, if youare looking for some Aussie ribs from down under or want to bingeon a yummy steak, look no further than here:The OutbackThe Outback is a great British restaurant with an original taste ofAustralia. It provides the taste what Aussies get back at home.Step into this eatery and relish some great native food, such aschicken quesadillas, ribs on the Barbie, and gold coast coconut shrimps. Outback specialities include sizzlingsteaks, rumps, homemade burgers, and rooster combos.Canal 125
  12. 12. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APISet upon Regents Canal and a short walk away from Kings Cross, Canal 125 is a stunning bar and restaurant inCentral London. Great music, award winning food, and a chilled out atmosphere defines the mood at Canal 125.This Aussie restaurant is a great place to drink and offers lovely views of water. In summer, eat al fresco fromtheir choice of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and special Sunday lunch menus.Barossa Kitchen & BarBarossa Kitchen & Bar is a superb Australian restaurant in Fulham. Get an amazing fare from Down Under,including usual brunch dishes and tempting Australian cuisine. Relax and enjoy a glass of Australian wine or eattheir freshly made cakes and pastries. Advance bookings required on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.Nightlife in LondonLondon nightlife and music scene is a major drawcard, especially for people travelling from Australia. Aussieslove their nightlife. And, what’s better than spending your nights at these bars, nightclubs, and pubs in London.From teetering along the streets in West End to hitting up one of the trendiest sports, Aussies have plenty ofthings to do in the capital.Aussie Sports BarsFrom normal drinking den to modern sports bars, you will find them all in the city. Check out these fun drinkingspots, where you can spend some quality nights with your friends:The Elk BarA great sports bar in the heart of Fulham, TheElk offers a wide selection of cocktails totravellers. Get 2 on 1 at this bar from 5-8 pmeveryday. You can even try their deliciousmilkshake martinis, sweet shop shooters, andsome amazing cocktails.Best Night – “We Love Mojitos” every ThursdayThe Larrik InnWatch all major sports like cricket, rugby, and hockey at The Larrik Inn in Fulham. This place is famous for
  13. 13. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIshowing 4 different channels at a time. So, whatever is your mainstream sport, head to The Larrik Inn. Aftersports, get on with their live music and drinks.Best Night - "Bra Friday" where you can donate your bra for 5 homemade shotsThe Slug @ WimbledonOne of the best sports bars in the world, The Slug @ Wimbledon features 8 giant screens and 5 plasma TVs. Itis a favourite hangout bar for Australian travellers in the city. There is a special function room, with leather sofasand contemporary sound system to party all night long.Best Night – “Phuza Thursday” all drinks at £1.95Shopping in LondonThe Aussie essentials in London are available both in and out the main city centre. From bottles of Crown Lagerand Foster Beer to packets of Arnotts Shapes and Tim Tam, markets in London offer everything to travellers
  14. 14. pdfcrowd.comopen in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF APIAbout Us Contact Us Site Map Terms & Conditions Privacy & Cookies Useful Resources Feedbackfrom Australia. London shopping includes a range of Australian souvenirs, clothing, beauty and health products,such as designer fashion, handbags, cosmetics, and others. Children toys, gifts, and a wide range of alcoholare available too in markets. Bond Street, Oxford Street and Covent Garden welcome hordes of travellers everyyear to a variety of items at varied prices.From Australia to London, use this local guide to spend some quality vacation time in the capital. Pack yourbags, book a London hotel, and get on the streets to catch some non-stop Aussie action. The capital cityfeatures everything Aussie, giving you a feel at home.© 2013, LondonHotels4U.com - All rights reserved