We’ve put together some general information to help you get connected in London, explore things to do, places to visit and other helpful information to help you hit the ground running in London.
One of the biggest drawcards of living in London is the endless choice of entertainment options on offer. A city so rich with history and culture, there’s really never a dull moment! You can find out what’s happening in London throughout the year at Visit London as well as checking out other websites such as Time Out, Trip Advisor, Secret London and Foursquare.
Useful apps and websites
There are lots of useful free apps to help you enjoy yourself in London. Here are some our alumni have handpicked:
- Citymapper – a very popular map alternative to Google Maps built specifically for Londoners. App Store | Google Play
- National Trust – an app to help you explore historic places, sites and monuments protected by the National Trust throughout England. App Store | Google Play
- OpenTable – an app to help you find nearby restaurants and their real-time availability. App Store | Google Play
- Dojo – an app to guide you through the best things to do in London. App Store |Google Play
- SpareRoom – an app to help you find a flat to share in London. App Store | Google Play
- Time Out London – an app to help you discover the latest culture, nightlife and events happening in London. App Store | Google Play
- Visit London – an app to discover official events happening in London. App Store | Google Play
- London Live Bus Countdown – an app that shows you live bus times and stops near you. App Store | Google Play
- Vouchercloud – an app that offers you vouchers on many things including food, goods and services. App Store | Google Play
Mobile and home internet access
You’ll probably want to set up your phone and internet access soon after you’ve arrived in London. Setting up your phone in London is quite straightforward. Firstly, make sure your phone isn’t locked to a network and then simply visit a provider store and choose a plan that suits you. Like in Australia, you can choose between prepaid and postpaid plans, and data inclusions can be generous enough to let you video call your friends back home while you’re out and about in London.
Here are a few mobile networks to choose from in the UK:
Home internet service is widely accessible in London with all kinds of connections available (ADSL, Cable etc.). If you’re moving into a sharehouse – lucky you – your internet access is probably already set up. If not, here are some providers to choose from:
Gym culture in London is growing rapidly and you’ll be spoiled for choice in finding a gym to suit your needs. You can choose from ultra-luxury gyms such as KX and Equinox (warning – these are ultra-expensive too!) or more budget-friendly options such as PureGym and Fitness4Less. Many gyms offer a free trial period, so you can try before you buy. Remember to also ask your employer if they have a gym, or will subsidise the cost of going to a gym.
Here are some other useful websites to help you with planning your trip and settling into life in London.
- GOV.UK– the official website for UK government services and information
- NHS Choices – the official website of the National Health Service in England
- Mayor of London – the official website for the Mayor of London
- Transport for London (TfL) – the official website for London’s public transport system
- Visit London – the official online visitor guide for London
- Smart Traveller – overseas travel advice and information provided by the Australian Government