Transport, Entertainment and Living
Like most Londoners, you will probably navigate the city via the large public transport network. Transport for London operates services including the underground, overground, buses, and DLR.
The Oyster Card is the most popular travel pass for public transport in London. This is a card which you top-up in advance, and use pay for journeys as you go. You can top-up by any amount, or buy a weekly, monthly or annual travel pass, which offer unrestricted travel within designated areas. While there is a £5 deposit to pay for your card, a single journey with a card is usually several pounds cheaper than without one, so if you will be using public transport regularly, it works out much cheaper to use Oyster.
You can find out more about Transport for London, plan journeys, get live service updates for underground trains and buses and more here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
You can find out more about Oyster cards, ticket types, and fares here: http://oyster.tfl.gov.uk
There is always something going on in London! From music and theatre, to comedy, sport, museums, galleries and everything in between, you'd be hard pressed to find a night where there isn't something interesting on.
Of course, the only downside to this is keeping track of what's happening. Unlike in cities like Dublin, you generally won't see a lot of posters on the street for events, so your absolute favourite band may have been and gone before you even heard they were playing.
Time Out has comprehensive listings for music, theatre, comedy and arts, as well as restaurant reviews and listings, while newspapers such as The Standard also cover what's happening around the city. And whether you just want to find out what exhibitions are currently showing in the museums, or you're playing tour guide for your visitors, Visit London rounds information on what to see and do, and where to stay. And of course, you should be checking out our What's On pages for all the best in Irish arts and culture here in London!
If sport is more your thing, there is ample opportunity to get into whatever you're interested in, with local gyms, clubs and teams operating all across the city. Find out what's available for you with websites like Get Active London or Totally Sporty. There is also a thriving GAA scene in London; find out more from Éire Óg, a GAA team based in the London Irish Centre.
Other Useful Bits and Pieces
| Whenever we talk to new emigrants one thing always comes up: tea. Luckily you can find Barry's Tea, as well as plenty of other Irish products , in most major supermarkets, as well as shops around North London where there were traditionally large Irish populations. (You may even find a Clonakilty black pudding if you're lucky.)
| The Irish Times and Irish Independent are available daily from most newsagents and supermarkets, while the Irish Post and Irish World are London-based Irish newspapers.
| If you need to renew your passport, you can drop-in to pick up an application from our welfare reception, our bar, or from a box on the wall just inside our main entrance. Alternatively, you can send a stamped addressed envelope to our adddress.
Please get in touch if you think we can help or if you need further information.