Discovering London as an Australian

If you’re an Australian who’s planning on travelling to London soon, you might be wondering how you’re going to get by without your favourite Australian treats. Although travelling to another city on the other side of the world does bring its fair share of excitement, it also can make you miss home after a while.

Luckily, you can find an eclectic mix of stores that stock essential items such as Tim Tams and other Australian sweets in London. The city also features a whole range of stores that provide candies from across the world meaning you can pique your international curiosity in a way you wouldn’t be able to in Australia. Visitors will find American snacks such as Twinkies, Pim doms, and Almond Snickers, among many others, in various stores.

Discovering London as an Australian

Now, we’re not saying that you’re going to miss your home comforts that much, but if you do, it’s good to know that you’ll have a safety net. The Sanza store is one of the most famous shops where visitors can find a range of confectionary snacks to choose – from, Arnott’s cookies, gravox, to Uncle Toby’s vita brits. And since chocolate jelly babies aren’t known here, you’ll be glad to know you can stock up on those too. Consider a central hotel accommodation to be close to these places in the city – not just for confectionary, but for every type of shopping in general.

What you’ll learn as an Australian in London
The biggest shock when you visit London will experience life without the usual vivacious sunshine you’re used to. Unlike back home, SPF+15 will be a high enough rating for your tanning lotion here, and you’ll be less likely to experience sunburn, which is a pleasant addition to a holiday. While that does sound good on the surface, with time, it can make you realise just how much you love the sunny climate back home. And maybe that’s going to allow you to appreciate it even more when you get back.

If you do venture out of London to experience the beach life in perhaps say in Brighton, you’ll realise just how much better beaches are back home. Without the sunny climate, the drawbacks of beaches in the UK get exposed quite quickly. And while London has a lot to offer, if it’s beaches you’re looking for, you’ll be visiting the wrong country by coming to London.

What you’ll appreciate about London
With double decker buses, a fast pace and entirely different way of living – visiting London will give you a better understanding of just how various western cultures around the world are. Here, work is the name of the game and the commercial atmosphere seems to be all persuasive. With so many stores and sales, it’s no wonder that shopping never stops.

Seeing double decker buses isn’t a common sight in Australia. While there are double deckers in Brisbane and the Gold Coast (owned by Translink), they don’t appear as often as they do in London. Aussies flock to London to find work, and there was a jump of Australian nationals in the city by 10% in just the last year alone. So if you do decide to move here, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a small active Australian community here – you’ll just need to find them!

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