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4th Dec 2013 9:29am | By Jade Bremner
Pining for the sun on your back or beer in a schooner glass?
Why not bed up on a street that every time you look at the sign, it reminds you of Australia?
If nothing else, it will freak out your relatives when you send them your postal address. Here are some capital Aussie options ...
Area: This place is a demographic melting pot, with families, students and lots of expats – including a big Irish community.
Property: Well-maintained, terraced Victorian houses line this street. The period conversions come in various-sized flats and full houses from one-bedders to six.
What’s on offer: The Faltering Fullback is a corker of a pub, an immensely popular place which could pass as three separate, equally terrific, watering holes.
There’s a cosy and sport-friendly boozer where locals sip away on their pints for hours, a lively games area where you can rack up a few games of pool, and a trendy greenery-stacked patio and outdoor terrace overlooking Perth and Ennis Road.
There are some seriously good restaurants in the area, too. For Thai food that’s perfect to share try Cats. Its wild décor includes a panther model leaping from the wall and a tuk-tuk.
Pizzeria Pappagone is always buzzing and exceptional value for money. Their pizzas are all cooked from scratch in the stone oven, which is also an outstanding heating system.
Tube: Finsbury Park
Area: Half of this road is either opposite or fronting Charlton Park and the other half is residential.
The road’s lined with cherry blossoms in the winter and there’s a cute cottage vibe in nearby Charlton Village.
Property: Find double-fronted detached 1920-60s houses, with massive hedged driveways and gardens.
What’s on offer: On the other side of the park, traditional pubs include the White Swan (22 The Village), with real ale, dart comps and a sizable beer garden, and the Bugle Horn (6 The Village), another local haunt made up of three 18th-century cottages.
Beneath its low ceilings, walls are doused with Charlton Athletic memorabilia. Not a footie fan? Steer clear on match days.
Tube: North Greenwich
Area: This tiny little road is a stone’s throw from a number of beautiful green spaces, some of which are considered parts of Epping Forest. It has easy rail links to central London, but with a distinct country feel – the place to live if you crave fresh air.
Property: This quiet neighbourhood has small two-bedroom and three-bedroom houses, full of quaint English charm.
What’s on offer: Wanstead High Street has a number of European-style coffee shops, including local institution Nice Croissant selling hot drinks, pastries and freshly toasted bacon and stilton baguettes.
If you’re looking to impress, but not spend too much cash, try the delicious French brasserie Provender Cafe Bistro, which serves dishes including smoked duck breast, with green beans, mushrooms and foie gras.
Area: Oddly, there’s a cluster of Aussie-named streets here.
Brisbane Road runs adjacent to Sydney Road and Adelaide Road, and they all offer a real sense of suburban life – tree-lined with lots of families and big gardens.
But contrary to the streets’ Antipodean link, there are more Polish residents than Aussie ones.
Property: Houses around this area are a medley of semi-detached Victorian and Sixties-style, super spacious properties.
what’s on offer: The pace of life is relaxed.
You won’t find a raucous nightlife or hidden raves, so it’s an ideal place to recover from crazy city stress.
The are also a few worthy restaurants to try when you do feel like heading out, such as Zayka, which serves up a solid selection of curries, and Magnolia Café for typically Polish sopocka (ham) sandwiches, pierogi (dumplings) and cabbage stew.
Tube: Ealing Broadway
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