London is certainly no stranger to Australians. As part of the Commonwealth, Australians have long enjoyed a love affair with London holidays - even staying on to study, work and live. But despite sharing the same language and love for beer, Australia and the UK have their fair share of differences. Here are just some of the things you'll need to know before you go.

Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders looking to visit the UK for less than 6 months do not require a visa. If you are planning on staying longer than 6 months, or looking to study or work in London, then you will need to apply for a visa before you travel. Your type and length of study or work will determine what type of visa you can apply for. You may also be eligible for a working visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen with UK ancestry. All foreigners are required to register their place of residence within 24 hours of arrival. Please be aware  this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local British embassy.

Currency

The UK uses the British Pound. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and British Pound changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase Pounds when the rate is at its best. For safe spending, it is also recommended to bring a credit card or travel money card with you. Always tell your bank or credit card company your travel dates before you leave so you can access your account from overseas.

Food

Traditionally, London food consists of the type of hearty meals you'll find in the corner pub; fish and chips, shepherd's pie and slow-cooked stews. Although the traditional pub grub is still popular, there's also gastropubs and London's multicultural side means the international city is filled with international flavours and celeb chefs. Indian cuisine in particular is world renowned in London, with some of the best curry houses found in Tooting or along Brick Lane in East London, and there's also a Chinatown in central London. For supermarket staples, grocery chains Sainsbury's and Tesco are located throughout the city, while food stalls and produce markets are also quite common.

Nightlife

From pubs to clubs, bars, lounges and live music venues, nightlife in London offers an array of possibilities. The city's favourite drinking holes are scattered all over London with cosy local pubs serving pints to the hordes as soon as the working day is over. Having a pint at your local with friends happens throughout the week, however discerning drinkers tend to flock to the cocktail bars and superclubs of Soho. The eclectic nightlife of Hoxton Square and Brick Lane attracts an equally eclectic and trendy crowd, while live music lovers commonly catch gigs in Camden Town. Don't miss the after-hours action in Brixton and Soho for sweaty club nights and pumping tunes.

Working

Keen to experience London to its fullest while earning a bit of cash on the side? With a healthy pub population, pulling pints is a great way to enjoy a working holiday in London. And you don't even need bar experience to be hired. When you book a London working holiday through Student Flights, we can help arrange a job for you, as well as accommodation, working visa, a UK SIM card and more.

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