Australia Day is 26 January, and Aussies aren't shy about celebrating. Whether you're a homesick Aussie in London, or a Londoner keen to support our cousins from Down Under and find out what all the fuss is about, we've rounded up the best Australia Day events and parties in the capital.
Due to the bushfire emergency in Australia at the moment, there are a few charity events going on this year too. We've included those below, for anyone wanting to show their support.
Australian gin tasting
Australian-based Four Pillars gin brings its booze and its experts to Bethnal Green for an evening of tastings. Sample four of the company's gins — produced in the Yarra Valley wine region of Victoria — matched with four different tonics, under the guidance of an expert.
Bushfire Appeal fundraiser at Rileys Haymarket
Rileys sports bar on Haymarket holds an Australia Day party which doubles up as a fundraising event for the bushfire appeal. 20% of money raised from ticket sales is donated, and raffles and other fundraisers are held on the night.
The theme is green and gold, so dress accordingly. Your ticket includes entry, a bottle of VB (Victoria Bitter), and a buffet dinner.
Australia Day party and Bushfire Appeal fundraiser at Rileys Haymarket. £10, book ahead, 25 January 2020.
Australia Day comedy at Bush Hall
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award winner Anne Edmonds headlines Comedy Carnival's Australia Day show. The character comedian has starred in her own TV show in Australia, and is joined on stage by her compatriots Ray Badran, Javier Jarquin and Anna Spark, with Pete Gionis as MC.
Australia Day party and fundraiser at Infernos
Given the current events in Australia, it's an unfortunate coincidence that there's a huge Australia Day party being held at the south London nightclub called Infernos.
The regular club night takes on an Aussie theme, with Australian tunes played all night, live music from cover band Bondi Beach Bums, comedians, and games on stage.
Oh, and the Facebook event claims that 100% of ticket sales bought through that link will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Take some extra cash as there's a fundraising raffle, cake sale and charity collection on the night too.
Aussie Day party at Clapham Grand
The legendary Aussie Day party at Clapham Grand returns for another wild night, culminating in the crowning of this year's Aussies in London Man & Woman of the Year. Dig out your best Australian-inspired fancy dress and enjoy an evening of live music from Down Under, imported Aussie beers, and a tuck shop selling stock that homesick Aussies will go wild for, including Tim Tams and Twisties.
Australia Day On Ice At Skylight
Australia and ice aren't common bed partners, but east London events venue Skylight is combining the two.
Originally a ticketed Australia Day event, Skylight Rooftop is now opening its doors for free, inviting Aussies and Londoners to come together and support the fire fighting and rescue efforts against the fires in Australia.
Skylight has teamed up with Aussies in London for a day of fundraising, donating to Wildlife Rescue Australia (WIRES), New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Ice Skating will be available all day (£12 for 45 mins) with the venue donating 100% of its ice skating funds to the chosen charities, as well as £1 from each drink sold throughout the day.
Australia Day On Ice at Skylight at Tobacco Dock. 26 January 2020.
Australian vehicle meet at Ace Cafe
With its chequered floor, jukebox and full English breakfasts, Wembley's Ace Cafe is more American or English than it is Australian. That's not stopping the bikers' pitstop getting in on the Australia Day action though — it's holding a day-long meet-up for Australian vehicles. If that's the sort of thing that gets your motor running, head over there to ogle all manner of cars and bikes hailing from Down Under — then fill up on one of those legendary breakfasts.
Australian vehicle meet at Ace Cafe, Stonebridge. Free entry, just turn up, 26 January 2020.
- Crosstown Doughnuts is bringing back its Tim Tam and Lamington doughnuts for Australia Day, with 50p for every one sold going to bushfire relief charity. Available 24-26 January, advance ordering recommended.
- Mayfair restaurant Pacific hosts a fundraising Australian barbecue-style brunch on Australia Day, to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Services. A charity auction is part of the event, with 100% of the proceeds from the day being donated to the NSW RFS.