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by Katie Snowdon (subscribe)
A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published October 19th 2011
Now in my fourth month in Australia, I found I was missing a few home comforts. That is until I found a little bit of Britain in Perth city centre, more specifically; London Court.

I must have walked past the entrance dozens of times and never really noticed or paid attention to what can be found down the quaint little street.

The entrance, with its castle-like iron gates are decorated with the cross of St. George, a large clock and figures of knights on horseback, creating a rather noble-looking entrance.

Once through the gates I was greeted by English-style jewellers and a chocolate shop (which I can confirm are quite authentic), as well as some small fashion stores (I'm not all too convinced by these though, there seemed to be a few too many UGG boots to be British) which seemed to cater a little more for the older woman.

The tall buildings and small walkway did a good job of blocking out the sun and imitating the cooler British weather (they've really thought that place through). But my favourite part of this little taste of home was a small sweet and souvenir shop that looked just like the sweet shop my nan used to take me to spend my pocket money in as a kid. Inside are English "treasures" of all kinds, from 'Reggae Reggae Sauce' to 'Galaxy Minstrels' (if you haven't tried these yet your missing out) there are some of Britain's best sweets, snacks and cereals to be found, and some of Britain's worst creations too (such as Marmite).

The prices, however, are a little higher than I've ever paid for any of these items back home if I was only in Perth for a few weeks I'm not sure I would be persuaded to part with my money, however good these products are, but as an occasional treat over this next year, I'd say it's worth it.

Which brings me to the fine little tea rooms that can also be found in London Court (I'm English, it ALL about a cup of tea when you've had a hard day of buying sweets and snacks). They have a pleasant atmosphere, and the setting in nice, but there are other cafes nearby that offer more selection. I suppose it depends what you are looking for.

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Why? To see unique British architecture in the centre of Perth
Where: between Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace
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