In 2008, The Times reported that there were 400,000 Australians in the United Kingdom – the largest population of Australians outside its borders. Although the allure of London has always been extremely strong for Australian expats, it can be a tough beast to tame, even for those who call it home.

Many Australians travel to London with the intention of staying for a short cultural experience, but many end up staying for the thriving economy, world-class cultural attractions, vibrant social scene and extremely easy access to continental Europe, which makes it a city that will surprise and win you over.

Meet some members living in London!

Hermione Underwood:
"I believe that living
and working overseas something that all
young people should
 Trish Curry: “London
is such a vibrant,
exciting city where
you can always find
something to do”

“London is a
phenomenal city”

Craig Markham: "It has been an incredible experience working for Firmdale and
living in London for nearly three decades"
Leanne Kemp: "London is a strategic place for Everledger to be based, it being the epicentre of the financial services, insurance and banking industries"


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Feeling hungry? Stop by Tramshed, a former East End tram-generator building in the heart of Shoreditch. Note: try the roast chicken and don't forget to check out the Cock ‘n’ bull installation by Damien Hirst.

Feeling thirsty? Have a cocktail at The Blind Pig, a fun hidden top floor bar in Soho.

Top experiences and sites? Westminster Abbey, the Natural History Museum, Tate Modern.. the list is endless. If you are in town during the warmer months, buy tickets to see a play at Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan theatre.

Unique to this city? For an art fix, visit Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery and refuel with afternoon tea or a drink at the all pink, Sketch.


  • The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world
  • It normally takes London cab drivers between two and four years to study and learn the city
  • There are over 300 languages spoken in London alone
  • It is against the law to die in the Houses of Parliament