Londonist Goes On Holiday: Sydney

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 93 months ago
Londonist Goes On Holiday: Sydney
Blackheath, with a station sign oddly reminscent of the old Network SouthEast designs (or is that just us?) in the Blue Mountains (bottom).
Blackheath, with a station sign oddly reminscent of the old Network SouthEast designs (or is that just us?) in the Blue Mountains (bottom).
This Chiswick is also on the river (Parramatta, not Thames), with added nature reserve.
This Chiswick is also on the river (Parramatta, not Thames), with added nature reserve.
Sorry, we only had time to jump off at the stations in Stanmore and Croydon.
Sorry, we only had time to jump off at the stations in Stanmore and Croydon.
Dulwich Hill. Of all the Dulwiches in London there isn't actually a Dulwich Hill, but we're still claiming it.
Dulwich Hill. Of all the Dulwiches in London there isn't actually a Dulwich Hill, but we're still claiming it.
This 139 doesn't go to West Hampstead, but travels round tourist spots in the Blue Mountains.
This 139 doesn't go to West Hampstead, but travels round tourist spots in the Blue Mountains.
Not only does Greenwich have a doppelganger, there's also a Greenwich Park. On the river, too.
Not only does Greenwich have a doppelganger, there's also a Greenwich Park. On the river, too.
Hyde Park. Note the Westfield in the background...
Hyde Park. Note the Westfield in the background...
It's Lewisham, but not as we know it. With palm trees and Star Wars murals, for one thing.
It's Lewisham, but not as we know it. With palm trees and Star Wars murals, for one thing.
Paddington Market, in one of the swankier parts of Sydney. The more things change, eh?
Paddington Market, in one of the swankier parts of Sydney. The more things change, eh?
In Regents Park, they not only have a park, they have a street. This shouldn't have come as much of a surprise.
In Regents Park, they not only have a park, they have a street. This shouldn't have come as much of a surprise.
A roundel and tube-style tiling, AND District Line green? St James, you spoil us.
A roundel and tube-style tiling, AND District Line green? St James, you spoil us.
Only in Sydney does the journey from Oxford Street to Liverpool Street involve turning a corner.
Only in Sydney does the journey from Oxford Street to Liverpool Street involve turning a corner.
OK, this is a bit of a cheat; Swiss Cottage is actually a restaurant in the Blue Mountains.
OK, this is a bit of a cheat; Swiss Cottage is actually a restaurant in the Blue Mountains.
We like this idea of painting station names onto benches.
We like this idea of painting station names onto benches.

You can take Londonist out of London, but you can never take London out of Londonist. Even when we're in foreign climes our eyes are peeled for Londony things to excite and delight us, so imagine our thrill on looking at a rail map of Sydney (yes, we do get our kicks in some odd ways) and noticing that many of the suburbs were named after places in London. And then we set out to visit as many as we could.

Apologies to places we didn't get to: Woolwich, Mortlake, Epping, Kings Cross, Windsor, Putney, Richmond, Kensington, Waterloo, Haymarket, Charing Cross and Queens Park... Did we miss anywhere?


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Last Updated 04 May 2010

M@

Rachel - I want to click 'like' on that about 100 times. Terrific post.

Caroline

That is fantastic!

BraveNewMalden

Looking forward to the USA version.

pfog

Awww, way to bring on pangs of homesickness! Originality wasn't a requirement for being governor of NSW. Macquarie pretty much named everything he could after himself or his wife, while most others just used British place names.

It's not quite the same, but there's a good pub in Balmain called 'The London' where Germaine Greer and Clive James used to drink before heading to London proper.

Shilpa Bhatnagar

This is fantastic! Love this post :)

RachelH

Thanks everyone! It was a lot of fun to do, helped by the fact that it was an utterly ridiculous mission. They're the best ones.

ehgringo

not forgetting that Sydney was named after Viscount Sydney from Sidcup (London Borough of Bexley). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...