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Top 10 Best Australian Bars, Pubs & Restaurants

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“You feel free in Australia,” wrote D.H. Lawrence. “There is great relief in the atmosphere - a relief from tension, from pressure, an absence of control of will or form. The Skies open above you and the areas open around you.” I’ve never been to Australia but on a cold, windy London day I can think of nowhere better.

Australians are a curious bunch. We think of them as without a care in the world apart from a cold beer and bright sunshine. We love nothing more than to savour moments of intense rivalry, reminding each other how satisfying victory tastes at the other’s expense. So Fluid have compiled London’s Best Australian Bars & Pubs, to really show what Aussie victory tastes like. Tough to admit, but it’s bloody good, mate.

By Omer Hamid

Image courtesy of Flickr user: surfglassy

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Bar / Restaurant

Although the popular bar chain, Belushi's, isn't an out-and-out Aussie bar, it does stock a range of international products which includes some of your Aussie favourites. At the Camden branch near Camden Lock Market, there's a parmi on the menu, for example, and the bar also screen live Aussie sports such as AFL and NRL on the big screens. It is no surprise, therefore, that Belushi's bar is like a home from home for antipodeans in London and they even hold partnerships with AFL and Kiwis in London. As well as sport, there's live music, DJs, and a great happy hour from 5pm to 7:30pm during the week.

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Bar / Club

Clapham Junction - A place of worship and pilgrimage for any visiting Australian in London, that much is undoubtedly true about this particular Church. The rest, however, is a mash-up of beer that doesn't stop flowing a moment before it has to and the customary striptease shows. A must-do for anybody wanting to take the test of how truly Antipodean your party habits are.

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Wimbledon - Perhaps one of the most quizzical aspects of our Australian cousins is their love of what they call 'football.' I personally have never understood it because when I try to I can't get past the round pitch and the fact that there seems to be one position whose job it is to punch the ball-carrier in the back of the head. Nevertheless, the Slug in Wimbledon are proud of their AFL tradition and showcase it on their huge screens and ice-cold pints or hearty pub food. Get involved.

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Bar / Restaurant

Fitzrovia - A breath of fresh air for Australians desperately scouring the capital for honest, Down Under cuisine. A coffee house, restaurant or takeaway depending entirely on what you fancy at the moment, Lantana is a gem in Fitzrovia with flavour, character and a sincere laid-back vibe.

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