Aussies celebrate Australia Day annually on 26th January. In Australia, this means celebrating the first European settlement on the island in 1788. In London, however, it celebrates the Aussies who have returned to mother England – and brought the party with them. Here’s the low-down on where to go for Australia Day 2018.
Tropicana Beach Club
Nightclub, Australian, $$$
Tropicana Beach Club, London | Courtesy of Tropicana Beach Club
Get down to Tropicana Beach Club in Covent Garden where the tropical vibes should make Aussies feel right at home – this is the closest January in London gets to Bondi Beach. Expect beer pong, surf-and-turf tacos and two-for-one deals on beers and brandy rums in honour of Australia Day.
Hosted in the stunning Palm Court of The Waldorf Hilton hotel and organised by the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, the Australia Day Gala promises an evening of prim and proper sophisticated celebration for anyone looking to avoid the wild antics of other Australia Day events.
Get down to Fulham-based Australian bar The Slug as they celebrate Aussie Day 2018, their biggest night of the year. Head down whenever because this place will be open from 11am, with two Aussie DJs on the decks booming out Aussie tunes, into the early hours. With £1.95 drinks available at certain times and £2 Jägerbombs all day, things could get messy.
Can’t make it to the Waldorf on Tuesday but still looking for a more refined way to celebrate Australia Day? Delve into the vineyards of the Adelaide Hills and explore this innovative wine-producing region with Dan Coward from Shaw + Smith at Sip It on Wednesday, hosted by The Zetter Hotel.
Infernos Nightclub, London | Australia Day celebrations 2017
Infernos in Clapham will be hosting a two-part Australia Day. First on the agenda is a comedy night with an all-Aussie line-up of comedians, provided by Comedy Carnival, which will last roughly two hours. Stick around after the show, and the place will soon be heaving like every other night at Infernos, only this one will have a distinct green and gold twist to it.
Bring on the nostalgia as Aussies UK pairs up with The Clapham Grand to deliver a wild Australia Day Celebration. Dig into fairy bread, TimTams and twisties from the tuck shop as Advance Australia Fair plays at midnight, while CO2 cannons and a balloon drop get the party going. There’s an award for the best Aussie-inspired fancy dress, so be sure to get creative with the get-ups.
Anyone looking to splash the cash this Australia Day should look to Timmy Green in Victoria for this Wine & Food Odyssey. This Aussie restaurant will be serving up a staggering eight meaty courses to dig into, while also offering a sampling craft beer, boutique cocktails and eight premium wines from Australia to help wash it all down.