I hope you saved some space after Halloween because the food fest doesn’t end when the jack-o’-lantern snuffs out. 🍬🍫🍭
Planning a Christmas feast or need to bring a plate? A traditional Christmas goose might be hard to come by, so you can opt for a stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce or roast ham with apple sauce. Pair this with delicious roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sprouts and a Yorkshire pudding with gravy. 😋
For starters, pigs in blankets and mince pies are classic, and for dessert a Christmas pudding or layered trifle. 🎅
Wash it all down with a mulled beverage like wine, cider or whiskey. The secret ingredients are citrus peel, cloves, cinnamon and a pinch of sugar!
Greek cuisine harks back to its roots founded on the “Mediterranean Triad” from ancient times: wheat, olives and grapes i.e. wine. 🍇
Greek food features aromas like oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and laurel leaves (aka bay leaves) that flavour a range of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes like moussaka and lamb kleftiko.
And let’s not forget feta cheese, featuring in the iconic Greek salad and phyllo (or, filo) pastries, and lemon and yoghurt flavours.
If you love Greece as much as I do, you can keep the spirit of your last visit alive with my tried and tested favourite Greek hospitality venues around London.
Coffee and brunch
From freddo capuccino to crispy spanakopita, get your brunch and caffeine fix at these stylish cafes. If you’re after something sweet, order a bougatsa or a galaktoboureko to go with your Greek coffee! ☕🥐
Briki in Exmouth Market. We ordered spanakopita, tiropita and bougatsa.
Ergon Deli + Cafe in Mayfair and Westfield Stratford. We ordered koulouri with poached eggs, Greek yoghurt and spicy oil, and galaktoboureko.
The Life Goddess in Bloomsbury and Carnaby Street. We ordered spanakopita, kataifi and baklava.
If you’ve visited Greece you’ve undoubtedly snacked on delicious pork gyros, but Greek street food is more than just your favourite pitta wrap with chips! 😋
Holy Pitta in Angel. We ordered bifteki with feta filling and karditsa (sausage) and ravani.
Kalamaki Street in Covent Garden. We ordered the Spartan Box with pork souvlaki, Greek salad, feta sauce, spanakopita and bougatsa.
Yamas in Camden. We ordered kolokithokeftedes (courgette balls) and pork gyros portion.
Depending on where you’ve visited in Greece, chances are you’ve enjoyed the warm hospitality of a fish or meat taverna. These are our favourite spots in London to enjoy a hearty feast with fresh Greek salad and ouzo or tsipouro. 🍋
Andy’s Taverna in Camden. We ordered the mixed grill, halloumi and pastourma.
Hungry Donkey in Aldgate. We ordered feta chips, htipiti (cheese dip), avgolemono (chicken lemon soup), soutzoukakia (lamb) and kormos.
Tony’s Pita in South Hampstead. We ordered tyrokafteri (spicy feta dip), kokoretsi (intestines) and mixed skewers.
Greek restaurants don’t differ a whole lot from tavernas in terms of menu items, but keep these spots in mind for a special occasion and for a modern twist on traditional flavours. 🥂
Lemonia in Primrose Hill. We ordered saganaki (fried feta), soutzoukakia (meat balls) and pagidakia (lamb cutlets).
Opso in Marylebone. We ordered feta kataifi, metsovone croquette, giouvarlakia dumplings and roasted potatoes.
Retsina in Belsize Park. We ordered taramasalata, falafel, lounza (pork), loukanika (sausage), mixed grill and kataifi.
Do your tastebuds agree with this list? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below! 👇
In my mind, the transition from Sydneysider to Londoner should’ve been a piece of (tea)cake. 🫖🍰
Both cities are roughly the same size in terms of commuter belt, but Sydney’s population is half that of London, and appear quite similar at surface level.
But dig a little deeper and you might uncover a culture clash or two! We may share a monarch and language, but life as an Australian expat in London will teach you that football means a very different thing in this corner of the world! ⚽
London is known for its moody grey skies and drizzly weather. This is true to an extent but after living here for a couple of years, I find “moody” is the keyword.
From stifling heat waves to blink-and-you-missed-it flurries of snow, it’s no wonder Londoners resort to drastic measures like swimming in ponds and sunbathing in parks.
Autumn and spring are by far my favourite months in the UK as both seasons boast stunning natural beauty, and they tend to have more stable weather. 🌸🍂
Before signing a lease, make sure your new room or flat has double glazed windows and heating!
London a land of opportunity. No matter how niche, there’s a role for everyone in varying degrees of seniority in almost every industry.
Competition is fierce and this can sadly drive down wages, particularly in industries like marketing and events. Finance and tech roles are paid well but be prepared to compete. ⚔️
Recruiters are important for getting your CV seen. In London, recruiters form close working relationships with companies and can advocate for you once you’re in their system.
Recruiters are so commonplace that they specialise in different industries (e.g. marketing for not-for-profits), so be prepared to do your homework in approaching the right ones.
Renting and expenses
Renting in London is equally, if not more, competitive than job searching. Spareroom is your best bet for finding a room in a flat share, and Rightmove or Zoopla for leasing your own place.
Plan your budget around rent, bills and expenses as a whole to avoid any nasty surprises. For instance, council tax and transport fares vary depending on the area
Ensure there is central heating (wall mounted heaters) and that potential flatmates are in agreement on usage as electricity costs do tend to go up in winter
There are no power sockets in bathrooms, so a mirror in your room is useful for drying your hair
Check the TV licence situation. If you don’t plan to use it, make sure you’re able to opt out
Areas without a Tube station are generally cheaper. If you can bus, walk or cycle to work then consider living in an area like Crouch End or in South London
Hard water, limescale build up and mould are sadly part of the fact of life in London. Keep on top of your cleaning schedule and consider splitting the costs of a cleaner for a deep clean
Some flats don’t have living rooms! If you plan to entertain at home or enjoy a sociable living environment, factor this in. 🛋️
London transport is world-famous. It gave us colourful Tube lines, red double-decker buses and “Mind The Gap”. 🚇
The city is a maze and there’s absolutely no shame being a Londoner for years and relying on navigation apps! The most popular ones are Citymapper, Google Maps and TfL Go.
Transport in London is also notoriously expensive. The Tube (London Underground) fares tend to be the highest, while buses, Overground and cycle hire are much more affordable. And scenic! The front seats on the top deck of the bus offer the best views.
Everyone’s in a rush, so knowing where to walk and stand is important. Walk on the left, and stand on the right of escalators. It’s a bit nonsensical, but you’ll get used to it!
The network is old and particularly susceptible to weather; autumn leaves and snow can cause delays. Having multiple routes available for where you need go is advisable.
Food and eating out
Traditional British cuisine can range from warm and hearty, like Sunday roasts and homemade pies, to downright dull i.e. a different sandwich for every day of the week. 🥪
But London’s food scene draws inspiration from all corners of the globe and offers huge variety to impress every foodie and gastronome. Check out my guides on where to find the best Australian brunch and pizzerias in London! 🤤
NHS wait times can be long, so if your employer offers membership to private health insurance I recommend opting in. Keep in mind the NHS doesn’t cover all dental, eye and contraception care.
To register with a local GP, you’ll need proof of permanent address (utility or council tax bill or tenancy agreement) but there are walk-in clinics to tide you over until you settle in. 🏠
With so much going on in London, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Once you’ve ticked the main attractions off your list, check TimeOut for what’s coming up. 🎭
While London is full of millions of people, most people experience loneliness. With people coming and going all the time, it can be difficult to make friends. This is especially true as an adult.
Thankfully there are so many options for socialising and meeting new people. Bonding over a common interest like sports and hobbies or joining expat communities are often the best foundation for lasting friendships.
In terms of finding someone special, having so many fish in the sea can be tricky. On the one hand, people don’t feel pressured to settle; on the other hand, they might keep swiping. Being open and upfront about your expectations is the best way to avoid the tedium that is online dating. ❤️
Whether you’re here for a gap year or for the long haul, London will bring you a wealth of life experience. What advice would you give to someone thinking of making the move? 👇
With limited baggage allowance, packing up all your worldly possessions into a suitcase might seem impossible but it doesn’t have to be. Each item just has to earn its place, and this guide will show you how! 🧳
Clothes and accessories
Did you know the term “capsule wardrobe” was coined by a Londoner? Essentially, it’s the essentials: a collection of timeless staples which can then be paired with seasonal pieces.
For example: coat, jeans, white shirt, black blazer, pencil skirt, little black dress, sundress, jumper, scarf, hat, flats, heels and boots.
Aside from the staples, bring about a week’s worth of underwear, socks and sleepwear. The rest you can cheaply stock up on once you’re here. 🛍️
I also found it handy to bring a set of activewear and trainers as you’ll be doing a lot of running around in the early days.
Quality over quantity is key. Leave the bargains and synthetics back home and bring only your best pieces.
Prioritise versatility. Your typical rented room in London is cosy, so ideally each piece can be worn for different occasions, including at work.
Practice some self-love. If you haven’t worn something in months because it’s uncomfortable or makes you feel self-conscious, donate it to charity.
London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so you have loads of options to look forward to!
Toiletries take up a surprising amount of space and the weight quickly adds up. Unless you have a skin allergy or particular hair care needs, don’t bother bringing your cosmetics collection.
Pack around a week’s worth of shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste (travel size is perfect) and stock up when you arrive. You’ll be surprised how cheap toiletries are in the UK, however makeup prices vary greatly.
You might even score a few freebies from the airline or hotel! 🧴🪒
If you use over-the-counter products, ask your doctor to cover your prescription for the next few months so you can stock up before you leave. Getting a local GP in the UK can take time (a permanent address is essential), so it’s best to prepare in advance.
Not all products have the same retail name in different countries! Might be worth double checking online for specific products.
Tech is important to get right early on. Having data on your phone for navigating and a reliable laptop for forms and applications are crucial for hitting the ground running. 🧑💻
What to bring: mobile phone (unlocked SIM!), laptop computer, portal power bank, charger per device, adapter (AU to UK is essential, and AU to EU is useful for trips) and a USB stick (you never know).
If you’re planning to upgrade in the near future, consider waiting until you arrive so you’ll be covered by warranty in the local region. I bought my mobile phone on my first day in the UK!
Consider bringing a power board to avoid over-relying on adapters.
Get your life admin organised before you go anywhere near Departures. 🛫
You’ll need originals and photocopies of all your important documents and, ideally, digital versions backed up in cloud storage and synced to your devices just in case.
What to bring: passport (visa vignette included), various forms of ID, visa approval letter from the Home Office, proof of funds document (valid up until 3 months), and any professional accreditation documents (university degree etc.) required for your field of work.
As scary as it sounds, it doesn’t involve anything sharp. 💉
“Heathrow injection” was coined by Australian and New Zealand expats to describe rapid weight gain when settling in London. This is largely attributed to a busy schedule and over reliance on convenience food. I’m looking at you, £3 meal deal.
Pints in the pub, full English breakfast, fish and chips with mushy peas and Sunday roasts are all enticing British icons, but you don’t need to try them all in one week!
Striking a balance is key. Small, simple changes can lead to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle (and weight).
As quick as the Tube might go, did you know some station changes are quicker to walk? For example, it can take up to 15min to change from the Northern line at Leicester Square to the Piccadilly line at Covent Garden while walking it is just 3min!
Check out some of these walking routes next time you’re exploring Central London.
If walking or cycling isn’t feasible for all of your journey, consider getting off a stop or two early. You might discover a new store or cafe along the way! 🚶🚴
Shop the High Street
With online shopping overtaking in-store purchases, fears over the “death of the High Street” are growing.
Often it feels like an early Christmas when a parcel arrives with your name on it, but there’s something magical about turning the fabric of a new scarf over in your hands in-store that online shopping can’t recreate.
So next time you feel like browsing online, step out instead and explore your area and support local businesses. It’s the perfect excuse to get some fresh air and hit your daily step target. 👟
With pizza and burger chains, cheap meal deals and an active social life beckoning, it’s no wonder we opt for convenience over cooking and grocery shopping. 🥦
This unhealthy habit can rack up pounds (both £ and extra padding) fast. Aside from high cost of living in London, fast food, pub meals and microwave meals are large in portion size and generally full of hidden nasties like sugary sauces and saturated fats.
Cooking is a great way to save time and money. You could get your weekly groceries and meal prep done on a Sunday afternoon, for example. It also puts you back in control of portion sizes and what healthy contents go into a meal. ⚖️
Salads, wraps, rice paper rolls, pasta and sandwiches all travel well and are quick and easy to make. I use Cancer Council’s Healthy Lunch Box for inspiration!
London is one of the most vibrant, thriving and exciting cities to live in the world. It is also one of the most expensive. 💷
Coming from Sydney, I was confident the high cost of living wouldn’t be painfully obvious. I was mostly wrong.
Steep rent, public transport and bills (some, you’ve definitely never heard of) coupled with generally lower wages takes some getting used to. After your first few pay cycles, you’ll start to work out what you can afford and what’s best to enjoy in moderation.
While you work out your budget, here are some tips for scrimping and scraping without missing out. 👌
Food and groceries
Bottomless brunch and covering the next round of drinks can stack up quickly. Fast food is cheap, but you can easily achieve a healthy and sociable lifestyle:
£3 meal deals are a convenient mid-week lunch or breakfast to go. They typically include a sandwich, bottled drink and packet of crisps
Packaged salads and sandwiches at supermarkets are great for healthy convenience, but costs much less if you meal prep at home 🧑🍳
Cafe loyalty cards offer freebies or discounts over time. Following your favourite places on social media is also a great way to spot a giveaway
Off Peak fares apply outside of rush hour periods, and avoiding Zone 1 when using the Tube is also cheaper
The Santander Cycles cycle hire scheme are also affordable and accessible with thousands of docking stations located in zones 1-3 🚲
Cycle to Work scheme offers significant discounts on purchasing a bicycle, so it’s worth checking if your employer has one.
Rent and bills
Well, let’s get this one over with like a bandaid: renting in London is ridiculous. Paying up to half your salary for a “cosy” room sharing with random people with varying hygiene standards and noise tolerance levels gets old fast. 🙃
While you don’t always get what you pay for, these tips can help ease the pain:
Rent is typically cheaper in East London and South London
Avoiding Zones 1 and 2, and often depending on the area 3, is a good rule of thumb but bear in mind public transport costs increase the further out you live
Living within a 10min walking distance of a Tube station will drive the rent up. Consider moving to an area with good transport connections to Central London or your office via bus, Overground or Docklands Light Railway
Not all council taxes are created equal so it’s worth taking into consideration
Opt out of paying for a TV licence and avoid doubling up streaming subscriptions. You can split the cost between your flatmates 📺
Central heating can easily double your bill in the cooler months. Substitute it for warm indoor clothes and a good quality duvet from autumn!
Socialising and sightseeing
Enjoying all London has to offer is hugely appealing; while it’s important to treat yourself to a West End show from time to time, there’s plenty of affordable options to keep you entertained:
London hosts some of the best museums and galleries in the world, and almost all of them are free to enter
Pubs and bars often host cheap trivia nights, comedy sessions and theatrical performances
London’s many stunning parks are perfect for picnics and outdoor fitness 🏃
Food markets or food halls are a great location for social gatherings as there’s a variety of options to suit everyone’s tastes and budget
Lunch time menus are typically cheaper than dining out in the evening
Rush tickets are a great way to bag cheap tickets for live and theatrical performances
MeetUp and other online groups offer socialising and free or cheap classes.
Fashion and beauty
London is considered a fashion capital of the world. If you’ve ever wandered down Oxford Street and Regent Street, you’ll see why! Fast fashion is the name of the game, but your wardrobe doesn’t need to be at odds with your wallet:
Bag a bargain for a good cause at a charity shop
Shop sustainably at London’s vintage and retro markets
Use an app like Vinted or Depop to find your next secondhand treasure 👗
Student discounts are available at many major retails (and food vendors) so make sure to flash your ID card
Get your hair cut for free or coloured for a significant discount with salons like TONI&GUY who need hair models for their apprentices
Check Groupon or similar services for beauty package deals to get your nails, waxing and more for less.
Health and fitness
While bottomless brunch beckons, it’s important to balance binging with regular physical activity. Affordable options include:
Streaming online workout videos
Free trials at gyms and fitness centres are a great excuse to try something new. Barre, anyone?
Joining a local fitness group. There’s loads of hiking, yoga and other social groups running cheap or free sessions
Cooking at home and freeze portions to have something healthy on hand when hunger strikes
European holidays and local trips in the UK are a hugely appealing reason for being located in London. With multiple airports and international rail, it’s also hugely accessible. Here’s how to bag a bargin:
Score cheaper airfares by travelling mid-week
Shop around for fares, tickets, rooms and rentals online
Flights and accommodation are generally cheaper in shoulder seasons (off-peak)
Student discounts apply for most airlines and travel packages
Learn the basics of a new language via app or a free language exchange.
How to do keep your finances under control in London? Share your hot tips and hacks in the comments below! 👇
Top sights: explore Bournemouth’s seven miles of beach and surprisingly warm microclimate! Water sports are a popular pastime here; who would ever have thought you could learn to surf in the UK?! For a traditional holiday experience you can rent a classic beach hut.
When to go: summer (or a heatwave day if you’d like to swim). 🏖️
Getting there: direct train from Waterloo Station (2h) or coach from Victoria Coach Station (2h 45min).
Did you know? Its colourful beach huts were originally built in 1909 and the site is marked with a blue plaque at the east of Bournemouth Pier.
Top sights:Brighton is a beautiful pebble beach getaway with its iconic pier jutting out into the sea. The town itself features charming architecture, historic pubs and plenty of stores and eateries to explore. Cycling is also a popular way to take in the coastal views.
When to go: summer or any heatwave day.
Getting there: direct train from Victoria (1h) or from Blackfriars (1h 20min).
Did you know? Brighton is considered the second most haunted city in Britain after York. Halloween party, anyone? 🎃
Top sights: the iconic Victorian Clifton Suspension Bridge is a symbol of Bristol. There is a hiking trail to get to the summit, or you can take the easier route via the park. The harbourside is also another major hub of the city, and was frequented by pirates back in the day. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Banksy’s Girl with the Pierced Eardrum.
When to go: year round, but milder climate is preferable if you’re planning outdoor activities.
Getting there: direct train from Paddington (1h 30min).
Did you know? Famous Bristolians include actors like Jeremy Irons and Maisie Williams; literary heavyweight J K Rowling; the mysterious street artist Banksy; and the infamous Blackbeard the Pirate! Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous bookTreasure Island features many locations around Bristol. 🏴☠️
When to go: year round but summer is preferable for punting on the River Cam, and autumnal walks are magical.
Getting there: direct train from King’s Cross (50min).
Did you know? Cambridge gets its name from the River Cam, and the city has played host to films like The Theory of Everything and Netflix’s The Crown.Cambridge University has also produced world-renowned scholars including Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing. 🎓
Top sights:Canterbury Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the world’s most famous places of worship. The town is also home to The Marlowe Theatre; get caught up in the controversy as to whether Canterbury-born Christopher Marlowe actually wrote some of Shakespeare’s works. 🎭
When to go: year round, but a picnic in springtime by River Stour is a great excuse to visit!
Getting there: a direct train from St Pancras International or Victoria Station (up to 1h 30min). Canterbury East is the nearest stop to disembark but Canterbury West is equally close to the centre of town.
Did you know? Canterbury is the setting of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The town’s name is inspired by the fact that it was an easy canter on horseback from London (back in Roman times!).
Top sights: Hitchin is home to one of the loveliest lavender fields; best of all you can take your clippings home! There are picnics tables onsite for you use or you can order from the cafe. It’s also nice to extend your trip to the town centre where you can admire medieval buildings and cute local shops and cafes. 🧵
When to go: lavender blooms between mid-June until mid-August, but if you stick around in mid-August you can also enjoy the sunflower fields!
Getting there: train from St Pancras International (50min) and a taxi or ride hailing app from the station (10min).
Did you know? The small market town of Hitchin became an established lavender grower as early as the 1500’s. It was one of the only two areas in the country.
Top sights: explore cobbled alleys lined with historic buildings; medieval pubs, Georgian homes and strangely named houses like “The House Opposite” or the “House with Two Front Doors” along Mermaid Street. If you like ancient structures, you’ll enjoy Ypres Tower which was built in 1249 to defend the town and Rye Castle. A beach stroll at Camber Sands is just a bus ride away.
When to go: year round. Perfect for a beachside afternoon or an evening by the fireplace.
Getting there: two trains from St Pancras International changing at Ashford International (1h 10min).
Did you know? Rye used to be surrounded on all sides by water. Hundreds of years ago, it formed part of the medieval Cinque Ports; the town’s hilltop vantage point made it useful for guarding against marauding invaders. 🛡️
Top sights: well, Stonehenge! There’s also a walking trail exploring the area with great views of the famous stone circle as well as archaeology and wildlife.
When to go: summer and winter solstices are thought to be a spiritual experience.
Getting there: train from Waterloo Station (1h 25min) and a local bus from Salisbury to the Visitor Centre (30min).
Did you know? Stonehenge remains shrouded in mystery even after 5,000 years. Scholars generally agree that it was a calendar given its significance during the summer and winter solstice. It’s also estimated that 200 people are buried at the site. According to a 12th century legend, giants placed Stonehenge on a mountain in Ireland before Merlin the wizard moved it to England with magic. 🧙
When to go: the trail can get muddy, so pack your wellies or hold off until a dry spell.
Getting there: train from St Pancras International (1h) to Dover Priory and then take a cab (10min) or walk (40min).
Did you know? The iconic white chalk surface dates back to the Ice Age. On a clear day you can glimpse France from across the channel. Your phone’s timezone might change, so don’t panic if you suddenly think you’re an hour ahead!
Top sights:Windsor Castle, royal wedding venue and preferred place of residence of Queen Elizabeth II, dominates a day trip to Windsor. The town also shares its name with the British monarchy features historic sites and the sprawling Windsor Great Park with 500 free roaming deer at the castle’s doorstep. 🦌
When to go: all year round.
Getting there: train from Paddington with a change at Slough (45min).
Did you know? Windsor castle has been home to The Royal Family for over 1,000 years and is the largest occupied castle in the world!
What’s your favourite day trip destination from London? Share your tips in the comments! 👇
If expat life feels like home then you’re doing it wrong.
London seems similar at first – they drive on the same side of the road and speak the same language – until you realise there’s 30+ dialects, they’re football mad (⚽ not 🏉) and fish’n’chips are eaten away from the beach.
Here’s my list of things that immediately stood out to me in my first months in the UK, but this might just be the tip of the iceberg!
📱 Citymapper is the only way to navigate – it combines Google and TfL data 💓 Mobile data plans are much more generous (but with mixed reliability) ⚕️ NHS upfront for expats is expensive but the care you receive is unrivalled 🚍 Sitting at the front on the top level of a double decker is the best way to take it all in 🎭 A visit to The Globe Theatre makes studying Shakespeare for years worth it 🧣 Wall-mounted heaters, such genius! 🍷 Mulled wine, where have you been all my life? 🍕 Squash is a thing – even Franco Manca’s signature pizza base 🌈 It doesn’t rain all that much, it just drizzles 🇦🇺 Clapham is overrun by Australians and New Zealanders 🦊🐿️ Foxes and squirrels scurry around like Pokemon!
📞 Telephone boxes are run down and smell like pee 🤔 Brits use ‘You all right?’ as a legitimate greeting 📺 You pay for a TV licence you never use 🥦 Most supermarkets close early on Sundays 🌬️ Air-conditioning is virtually non-existent, even on public transport 🍫 Chocolate tastes strange, but Galaxy bars make up for it 🤷♀️ There are no power points in bathrooms 🏠 SpareRoom.co.uk is a necessary evil – watch out for scammers 🍌 Fresh produce isn’t that fresh at all 💩 The Thames has got nothing on Sydney Harbour and is always brown 🙁 Making friends is hard work and you may feel lonely at times.
🍦 You won’t find a Weis Bar anywhere but you can try an online recipe? 👢 People actually wear UGG boots outside 🚰 Hard water is liquid hell, and don’t even get me started on limescale 🚆 Trains outside of London are privately operated and hella expensive 🍽️ Eating out is double the cost and half the quality of what we get back home 🏃 Everyone’s in a rush – be prepared to be bumped, knocked and shoved daily 🛋️ Some apartments don’t have a living room 🚽 Sharing one bathroom and toilet between five rooms is normal 🚨 You become desensitised to news of violence or moped thieves in your area 🤧 Sometimes there’s black stuff in your tissue after sneezing.
🗣️ Try dropping some true blue Aussie vernacular mid-conversation, it’s an experience ⛱️ ‘Beaches’ in the UK 🌳 People sun bake in parks in summer 🧥 Australia Day in winter is more brunch than BBQ 🚇 Tube, Underground, Overground, Rail, DLR … can’t we just call it a train? 🍻 Brits who are equally rowdy after a couple of pints 🤦♀️ Standing on the right on the escalator but having no clue where to on the pavement 😕 Brits who pick up on your accent but are too polite to ask where you’re from 🤣 Cockfosters is a legitimate name of a Tube station on the Piccadilly line ❄️ 10min of snow is enough to interrupt the whole transport system 🌏 You learn what ‘Antipodean’ means for the first time 🥧 Christmas mince pies do not contain mince meat – don’t be fooled.
I’ve got a niggling feeling I might have missed a few things … If you’ve experienced culture shock since moving to London or the UK, do tell!