Australia Day at The Church 

This Aussie institution will be putting on its most raucous Sunday service of the year, so there’s no room for wimpy post-Oz Day hangovers.

As well as the customary cases of booze and exotic dancers, MacBackpackers and Stoke Travel will be giving away prizes throughout.

January 27, £12, 11.45am-4.30pm 21-25
St Johns Hill, SW11 1TT 
Tube | Clapham Junction


Wine Tasting at Vinopolis 

If you’re looking to do something with a more sophisticated edge on Australia Day, this special masterclass in Aussie wine might just do the trick.

The experience starts with an expert introducing you to six wines, representing a range of styles from Down Under.

You’ll then be invited to explore Vinopolis’s impressive collection of vinos and spirits, so you can make good use of the seven drink tokens included in the £50 price tag.

Allow an hour for the masterclass and up to two hours for the tasting.

£50, January 26, 2.30pm No.1 Bank End, SE1 9BU 
Tube | London Bridge


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TNT Australia Day Party

Who better to celebrate Australia Day with than your faithful old buddies TNT?

We’re putting on a stonking 12 hours of power at Infernos in Clapham, with a free VB for everyone who pre-registers on our website, kangaroo boxing, and a best-dressed competition that could see you win £1300 of prizes from Busabout. Sweet. 

Free, January 26, 9am-9pm Infernos, 146 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH 
Tube | Clapham Common

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Elk bar 

Get an early start (the party begins at 9am) and enjoy £2.95 mojitos all day, a free sausage sizzle, and DJs spinning tunes to get you on the floor (though you may end up hitting the deck without their help thanks to the cheap drinks). 

Free, January 26, from 9am 587
Fulham Road, SW6 5UA 
Tube | Fulham Broadway

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Walkabout Shepherd’s Bush

Start with brekkie from 8am at this She Bu staple and stick around for live music and DJs throughout the day, including party band the Bondi Beach Bums.

Free, January 26, 8am-2am 
Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8QE  
Tube | Shepherd’s Bush


Draft House

London’s Draft House collective of pubs has gone mad for Aussie craft beers in the run up to the big day, serving the likes of Fremantle’s Little Creatures (from £3.75), plus a special Ute Burger with pickled beets and Kylie’s Meat Pie (both £9.75). 

£3.75+. Until January 26, times vary 
Check the website for details


Read more: Home, even away – Where to spend Australia Day in London this January 26, 2013

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Waxy O’Connor’s

An Australia Day party at an Irish bar? Why not?

Waxy’s is planning a day of Aussie tunes, food and drink, plus bring along your Australian passport for special discounts and offers.  

Free, January 26, 12pm-12am 14-16
Rupert Street, W1D 6DD 
Tube | Piccadilly Circus


Gigalum’s Australia Day Weekender

Why only party for one day when you can keep going for three?

Gigalum is doing it up right with a weekend of Aussie shenanigans, starting on Friday 25 and pushing on through to Sunday 27.

There’ll be Aussie DJs playing sets from 3pm until 11pm each day, discounts on grog from Down Under and a live feed to the motherland. Steel yourself.   

Free, January 25-27, from 3pm 7-8 Cavendish Parade
Clapham Common Southside, SW4 9DW 
Stations: Clapham South, Clapham Junction


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Jetlag Bar 

This sports bar’s Australia Day spectacular starts with a movie marathon from 1pm, showing The Castle, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert back-to-back.

Then there’s live music from 10pm courtesy of The Punching Preachers (think modern and classic rock covers) and an all-day Aussie menu offering up the likes of kangaroo steak and pavlova.

Entry is free until 9pm and £7 after, or £5 if booked in advance.
January 26, 1pm-3am 
125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB 
Tube | Great Portland Street


The Larrik Inn

Dust off your thongs, unleash your mullet and get down to The Larrik Inn (below) for some Down Under fun.

On Jan 26, feast on BBQ grub and Aussie snacks, enjoy drinks promos, and dance until late to music from bands and a DJ.

And be sure to make an effort – there’s a prize for the best-dressed. As the poster says: “You’d be a flamin’ galah to go anywhere else!” 

Free, January 26, 11am-1am 
32 Crawford Place, W1H 5NN 
Tube | Putney Bridge 


Australia Shop

Caramello Koalas, Violet Crumbles, Tim Tams and Cherry Ripes … is your mouth watering yet?

If you’re hosting your own Oz Day-themed party, make sure you stock up on authentic goodies and impress your guests.

At The Australia Shop, you’ll find everything from Twisties and Shapes to Fantales and Vegemite.

Don’t forget to grab a bottle (or three) of Bundaberg Rum to really get the party started.

Various prices, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-6.30pm; Sat, 11am-6.30pm;
Sun, 11am-5.30pm 27 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS 
Tube | Leicester Square

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Comedy Carnival 

Laugh until you’re sick at this comedy onslaught with a line-up bursting with top Aussie names. 

The Comedy Carnival will kick off with Big Colin Cole taking to the stage, followed by Benny Boot throwing in some hilarious one-liners, while Pete Jonas is third on the bill.

MC for the night is Andrew Roper. Booking recommended.

£14, January 26, 8pm 21-25 St Johns Hill, SW11 1TT 
Station | Clapham Junction



Enjoying Oz Day at home?

Pre-order your lamingtons from Kaffeine, which also does proper coffee and super-moist blondies.

Mon-Fri, 7.30am-6pm; Sat, 8.30am-6pm; Sun, 9.30am-5pm 
66 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7QJ 
Tube | Oxford Circus


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Australia Day Bushfire Appeal

An Aussie-themed games room, pie-eating comp and karaoke are just a few highlights at this mega all-dayer, with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross to help those affected by the bushfires.

Expect Bondi Beer and Little Creatures, too.

£10, January 26, 12pm-3am 
Wessex House, 1A St Johns Hill 

Station | Clapham Junction


Bison and Bird

Kick off the party early with a 9am start at this boozer. Scoff Aussie burgers and pies, down pints of snakebite or Bundy and cokes for £2.95, then dance the night away to music provided by DJs.

Free, January 26, 9am-8pm 
182-184 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UG  
Station | Clapham Common


Lunch at Entree

Enjoy a special Aussie menu for one day only at this Aussie-owned eatery, offering up tastes of home including kangaroo salad and lamingtons. Two courses for £24 or three for £27.50.

January 26, 12pm-3.30pm 2 Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED 
Station | Clapham Junction

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Jumbuck’s Pies

Straya Day just wouldn’t be the same without chowing down on some good ole Aussie tucker.

And if it’s a bursting-to-the-brim pie you’re after, Jumbuck’s is the place to go.

Head to their cafe and choose from Aussie Rules (steak, bacon, cheese), Footie (beef, Guinness), Godfather (chicken carbonara) or Popeye (spinach, mushroom, feta).

Or bag yourself an Australia Day pack (see filled with snacks and treats.

£2.10+, Mon-Tues until 9pm; Wed-Thurs, 10pm;
Fri 1am; Sat 1am; Sun 12am 24
Shepherd’s Bush Green, West 12 Centre, W12 8PH 
Tube | Shepherd’s Bush


Geronimo Inns

Geronimo Inns are going all-out this Australia Day.

Chomp on a special Aussie burger at the Chiswick & Harrison’s in Balham; munch on special Aussie grub and dance to top music from Down Under at The Phoenix in Chelsea; or pull on your best party gear for a fancy dress BBQ at the Coat & Badge in Putney.

Fancy something a little more upmarket? Head to The Duke Of Clarence, on Old Brompton Road, for a special on Yalumba. Sorted!

Times and dates vary,
Check the website for details



Read more: Home, even away – Where to spend Australia Day in London this January 26, 201


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