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Posted on Tuesday 22 January 2013 in London
Millions of people from all over the world visit London to see the historic buildings, enjoy world-class dining and shop till they drop on Oxford Street. However, Aussie visitors spending time in the British capital should delve a little deeper and discover London's hidden gems.
While its neighbour Notting Hill tends to get most of the attention when it comes to West London's trendiest districts, Bayswater should be the first stop for any discerning Aussie travellers. Not only does the area offer guests a variety of luxury London hotels, it also boasts one of the most vibrant atmospheres in the city. Bayswater has a truly diverse population, and this is reflected in the area's restaurants. Here, Australian tourists will be able to sample a range of cuisines from around the world, including Greek, Brazilian and Middle Eastern. Bayswater is known for the charming Victorian townhouses that line the neighbourhood's streets, and Aussie tourists who want to see the sights can take a leisurely stroll from their hotel to reach Hyde Park, the shops on Oxford Street and the Royal Albert Hall.
Bordered by the trendy districts of Knightsbridge and Chelsea, Kensington is a must for shopaholics. The area's main shopping area is Kensington High Street, which is lined with exclusive boutiques and luxury goods retailers, any of which will be tempting to Aussies who want to splash out on the latest European fashions. After giving their credit card a workout, Aussie visitors can indulge in a glass of the fine wines on offer at The Kensington Wine Rooms, or enjoy a delicious meal at restaurants like Babylon and the Kensington Square Kitchen.
This quirky neighbourhood is another West London gem. Australian tourists visiting the Bush, as it is sometimes known to locals, will find a range of entertainment options. The Shepherd's Bush Empire is one of the city's oldest and most beloved music venues, and regularly attracts top-tier talent from around the world. Of course, if Aussies find themselves missing the comforts of home during their stay in London, the Shepherd's Bush Walkabout pub should be their next stop. Serving a range of Australian food and drinks, this lively venue also screens Australian football matches.
While sights such as Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament are likely to be on many tourists' to-see list, Aussies who want to get to know the real London should get out there and explore.
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