Places Kiwis Need to Visit in London
You’ve shipped your stuff over. You’ve moved into that cosy-but-charming London flat. Now all you need is somewhere to kick back, get some proper food and meet a few like-minded people along the way.
That’s why we’ve created this blog, with a handful of our favourite New Zealand restaurants and cafes located in the heart of London.
Founded by Kiwi entrepreneurs, this fantastic restaurant serves up a tasty feast of grilled seabass, blue cheese wontons and some of the best hand-roasted coffee in the city.
It all started back in 2010 and was founded by Chris Ammermann, Miles Kirby and Laura Harper-Hinton – all of whom hail from New Zealand. They’ve expanded and grown since and continue to be one of the most popular haunts in the area. In fact, the Caravan team have proven so popular, they’re planning on opening London’s largest independent coffee house in just a few months.
Want our tip? Get there early Sunday morning, for a great view of Granary Square and some seriously good brunch.
Did we mention coffee?
Yeah, probably. But you can’t blame us – especially with this place, situated in the hedonistic wonder that’s modern-day Soho.
Flat White has been around for a while now and started out with the mission to bring Kiwi/Aussie coffee to the Big Smoke. Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength and is pretty much the worst kept secret amongst us ex-pats and New Zealand brethren.
We thoroughly recommend you try the pastries.
The New Zealand Embassy
It can’t all be eating blue cheese and drinking hand-roasted coffee (not together, of course).
Sometimes you need the boring practical stuff. And that’s where the embassy comes in.
Visit the New Zealand Embassy for all your Visa, passport and general travel support. They’re a helpful bunch and can provide you with lots of tips about setting up a home here in London. What’s better, the embassy has incredible views of London. It’s the perfect opportunity to take some photos for your friends and family at home.
If you’re looking to do some networking, however, the New Zealand Society is another good starting point. There’s a strong ex-pat business community here – and one of the best ways to get involved is through this channel. Kea is another good shout.
You’ll probably meet a few like-minded wanderlusters along the way too.
Kiwis in London
Okay, so it’s not really a place in London. But Kiwis in London is one of the biggest communities in the city, and it’s all ready to see and explore on Facebook.
Here you’ll find everything you need to know about upcoming events, job stuff and even flat advertisements.
It’s a fantastic resource and perfect for meeting other Kiwis in the capital.
Places for New Zealanders in London
It’s not always easy starting from scratch in a new city, especially somewhere as big and bustling as London.
But rest assured, there’s a huge community of Kiwis who’ve already made the journey and have established all the little comforts that make a new place feel like home. The restaurants and cafes on this list are just the start of it.
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