London has no shortage of Australian cafes, keen to bring a taste of the sweet life (mainly brunch and great coffee) to the UK. With tomorrow being Australia Day and a plane ticket Down Under a little out of the question, you’ll want to read on for our guide to the best Aussie-inspired and Antipodean venues London has to offer…
What: Chicken Parma and Proper Lamingtons
Why: If there’s one venue that knows about Australia, it’s Timmy Green. Part of the popular Daisy Green group of cafes, Timmy Green is the latest addition, in Victoria’s Nova development. Visit for its award-winning banana sandwich alone, or go a little more hearty with a classic chicken parmigiana. Not in Victoria? Visit their sister sites Daisy Green or Beany Green.
Where: Nova, Victoria, SW1W 0PP
What: Cool Coffee
Why: Our favourite collection of Melbourne-inspired coffee houses, Grind, now have six venues to their name. Each offering something slightly different (but always with perfectly-made coffee in trademark red cups), they put the ‘cool’ in caffeine. It’s never too early for neon lights. The slightly bigger venues with kitchens serve an all-day menu so you can take your laptop, load up the wifi and while away the day. Visit later in the evening and get your espresso in martini form… They’re widely believed to be the best espresso martinis in London.
Where: Across London
What: The Best Corn Fritters
Why: To those in-the-know, Lantana serve the best corn fritters in London. And pretty good coffee too… Split into ‘In’ and ‘Out’, the Fitzrovia cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and cakes in-house and to takeaway. Vegemite? Tick. Toasted banana bread? Tick. Smashed avo? You get the idea. We love the selection of sides too, which include chorizo, black pudding, plum ketchup and chilli jam.
Where: Shoreditch, Fitzrovia and Camden
Granger & Co
What: The Classic Aussie Brunch
Why: It’s no surprise that Bill Granger, the the owner of Granger & Co – widely considered the ultimate brunch in London – is Australian. This is the epitome of easygoing-yet-sophisticated dining; poached eggs are runny every time, avocados are ripe and almond milk is made in house. The only downside? More often than not you’ll have to queue to get a table, but that’s all part of the excitement and now that there are three sites (Notting Hill, Clerkenwell and King’s Cross) you have three more chances…
Where: Notting Hill, King's Cross and Clerkenwell
What: Southern Hemisphere via South London
Why: If the Southern Hemisphere is a little too far, head south of the river instead (anyone else noticed Aussies swarm to Clapham?!) for nice local touches including Wimbledon honey and mint tea ‘from the garden’. Brew serve their Aussie-influenced menu morning, noon and night and menus vary in each venue but for the authentic experience enjoy a brunch of avo on toasted pide with a healthy spread of Vegemite or our favourite – sweetcorn fritters with avocado, tomato jam and lime aioli. Bonus points if you’re in activewear.
What: For the Health-Conscious
Why: Portobello’s Farm Girl is a bright, colourful cafe blending juices as colourful as the wall tiles – a ‘holistic and healthy Australian cafe’. Granola and muesli come with generous handfuls of blueberries, goji berries and pomegranate seeds and everything is fresh, nutritional and nurturing. Wondering about the name? Founder Rose Mann is the farm girl in question, having grown up milking cows on an Australian dairy farm.
Where: 59a Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
What: Brunch, Bikes and Pizza
Why: Australian hipsters are really no different to British hipsters so combine coffee and a bike workshop and you can guess the type of person it will attract. As you wait for your fixie to be fixed, sip on a flat white made with Allpress Redchurch blend espresso and browse the seriously appetising all-day brunch menu; toasted banana bread with lemon curd for a sugar hit or The Full Dynamo for some serious (gluten-free) energy; corn fritters, bacon, halloumi, avocado and sriracha aioli with poached eggs. From midday onwards, sourdough pizzas are served fresh from their wood-fired pizza oven.
Where: 200-204 Putney Bridge Road, Putney, SW15 2NA
What: Toasties made by Kiwis
Why: Embassy East is another classic brunch spot. Granola, chia pudding and eggs are all very well but the star of the show here is the humble toastie. Given the care and attention of true New Zealanders, the imaginative range of fillings include chorizo, goats cheese, dukka and honey and bacon, egg, cheddar, slaw and pickles. Assembly Coffee is served with passion.
Where: 285 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, N1 5JX