Born Global: London

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 our members in London

Know before you go

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Make the move

Thinking about making the move to London? You'll find some useful information on visa requirements here.

Things to do

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.

Did you know?

  • 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