Aussie food

One of the things I missed about “home” when I first moved to London many years ago was Aussie food. For the first few years, I’d plead with my parents to send me parcels containing cherry ripes, milo bars, violet crumbles and more. Then I discovered the Australia Shop in London. An aladdin’s cave of…

A little Hidden London

There are loads of places in London which tourists would probably love to see – if they knew they existed. One of my favourites is Postmans Park, at the Barbican. Lots of memorials to civilians who have lost their lives whilst performing heroic acts. Fishing people out of rivers, pushing them out of the way…

Life in a post office queue

There is no queue quite like a post office queue. Go into any post office in London at almost any time of the day and you will see a classic British institution – the queue. You rarely see them anywhere else these days. A long line of people just standing around, looking at their watches,…

Short term luggage storage

Q: We’ll be travelling in the UK in October/November. Can you assist with advice on where to store baggage for a day when we arrive in London? We’re arriving at Heathrow on an early morning flight and don’t book into our accommodation at Highgate until late afternoon. Any assistance much appreciated. A: Your best best…

London on heat

Why is it that it FEELS so hot in London when it is actually not any hotter than places like Thailand, Greece and Sydney that I have visited in summer? Reasons? 1 – London shops typically have crap air conditioning and refrigeration. I was talking about this with a cabbie yesterday. How come when you…

The fans deserved better

It’s interesting to read the Guardian’s comments about yesterday’s failure by the England football team. Suggesting we welcome them back as heroes. For failing, yet again? For progressing no further than they have previously? As an Aussie living in London, I will always support Australia in any sporting matches. So maybe my comments are a…

A great place to work

Last week, I had the pleasure of arranging a forum for around 50 work colleagues. Now, in many places, the options for a venue would probably include the local hall, a breakout room at the office and maybe some place no more than an hour’s bus or train ride away. But in London, the choices…

The great north v south debate

Apparently, last Wednesday night the Museum of London hosted a debate on north v south London. Another one of those London topics, like congestion charging and the state of public transport, that everyone seems to have a view on. Well, here’s mine. I don’t care. Never did care where in London I lived – north…