Your guide to London

From getting around town, tips on where to go once you're here, and London inspiration, this page has everything you need to hit the ground running.

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London has one of the most extensive, public transport networks in the world, spanning busses, above/below ground trains, bicycles, boats, and a cable car. Once you get your head around some of the quirks, you’ll be able to get anywhere in London without any trouble.

Getting Around

You can (and should) buy an Oyster card at your nearest London Underground station – it’s the payment method of choice on all public transport in London. Oyster fares are always cheaper than buying a single-use ticket and are capped, so there is a maximum daily/weekly amount you will be charged for travel.

You’ll also be eligible for several TFL (Transport for London) discounts on travel in London. As a Goldsmiths student, you’ll be able to apply for a Student Oyster Card, which gives you an automatic 30% discount on any Travelcards you buy. Find out more about Traveling in London, use the links in the sidebar.

An aerial photo of London
Source: Benjamin Davies/Unsplash

Explore, get lost, and find your own London.

Things to do

You know how to get around town – Great! Now what? London has an incredible number of things to do and see, and countless places to go shopping, eat, or get a drink. We have compiled a starter list of things you might want to check out, but there are many more to explore.

DIY Art Market

Highlighting a curated selection of emerging and well-established artists, DIY Art Market has all sorts of art prints, ceramics, zines, sculptures, jewellery, and screen prints for sale, among others. Bringing together a community of creatives, it provides visitors the opportunity to discover pieces from a wide range of artistic backgrounds.

Fat Slice

Brought to you by the team behind The Fat Walrus, Fat Slice Pizza sells… pizza. By the slice. The deceptively large venue extends quite far backwards and offers a Mac & Cheese pizza as well as the staples, and a good selection of vegan and vegetarian pizzas.

Goldsmiths CCA

Goldsmiths’ very own Centre for Contemporary Arts, the CCA is in a redeveloped Victorian-era bathhouse on campus and is open to the public. The gallery hosts a guided tour of its free exhibitions every Sunday at 3pm (free admission). There is also a café tucked behind the main entrance, perfect for a study session.

Students standing outside the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Arts
Goldsmiths' Centre for Contemporary Arts

MMX Gallery

A photography gallery nestled in the ground floor of a Victorian terraced house, MMX gallery has been hosting exhibitions by new artists, as well as previously hidden archives of vintage prints, since 2014.

Mughead Coffee

Located right in the centre of New Cross, Mughead Coffee supplies residents and Goldsmiths students with Square Mile Coffee, and various sweet and savoury snacks, including the best cream cheese cinnamon rolls in London.

The Bill Murray

Housed inside a former pub, the Bill Murray puts on a comedy gig every night of the week, and sees a constant stream of new and established comedians – past acts have included Lou Sanders, Simon Amstell, Nish Kumar, and Stuart Goldsmith (no relation).

The Fat Walrus

Voted New Cross’s best pub by Time Out readers, The Fat Walrus is all exposed brick, booths, and bar stools. The beloved local pub serves up a sizable menu of gently American-style barbecue dishes, and offers 13 beers on tap, 25 gins, and a healthy wine list. They also have a pub pet, a dog called trouble.

The Bill Murray comedy club
The Bill Murray comedy club (Source: Ewan Munro/Flickr)

For more information about the campus and Goldsmiths area, look through our local area guides, and book onto an applicant day.