There are hundreds of public libraries in London. Some of them may allow membership for the residents of that borough (area of London) only whereas most of them give a membership card regardless of the area you live in.
You can also use internet/computers for 1 hour for free in a public library.
To register with a public library you will need 1 proof of ID (e.g. passport) and a proof of address (any bill – e.g. bank statement, credit card statement etc.)
The British Library
96 Euston Rd, London, Greater London NW1 2DB, 0843 208 1144
The Passmore Edwards Library
80 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX.
Bethnal Green Library
Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 0HL
Ph: 020 73643493
Southwark Local History Library
211 Borough High St,London SE1 1JA,
Church of St Augustine with St Philip,
Newark St, Whitechapel, London E1 2AD,
Ph: 020 78828800
Artizan Street Library & Community Centre
1 Artizan St, London E1 7AF, 020 73323810
City Business Library
Guildhall, London EC2V 7HH
Ph: 020 73321812
Haggerston branch 234-238 Kingsland Rd, London E2
You can post letters and cards in the red post-boxes you see in the street. They should show the times of collection on them. Last times of collection vary but are usually 17.30 Monday to Friday (sometimes later) 12.00 Saturday. Post is collected from some boxes (but not all) on Sundays, particularly at post offices.
Check the information on the box before posting, especially if it is an urgent letter. You must take parcels to a post office.
It is difficult to be precise about how long letters and cards take to get to other countries. Two days is perfectly common to most of western Europe, but it can be a week or more.
Most post offices are open between 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 – 13.00 on Saturday.
Post Office around us:
Bethnal Green Police Station
12 Victoria Park Square E2 9NZ
Opening times: 24 hours a day
Brick Lane Police Office
23-15 Brick Lane E1 6PU
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon-8pm
It is advisable for you to open a bank account when you arrive in London and start your course. There are several major banks and building societies in London you can choose from.
You will need to have your passport, confirmation of your UK address (credit card statement, or electricity bill, or your rental agreement etc.), and a letter from the College.
We will assist you in opening a new bank account in London and give you a letter from the college confirming that you are enrolled as a student at Eynsford College.
The college cannot recommend any particular UK bank.
The following banks have branches close to Eynsford College:
Guy’s Hospital Walk-in Centre,
Great Maze Pond
Tel: 020 75346500
Opening Hours are:
Monday – Friday 8.00am to 7.00pm;
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (Closed only on Christmas Day) 10.00am to 8.00pm.
Aldgate High St, London
Phone: 020 7283 1670
59 Brick Ln, London
Phone: 020 7247 6052
The East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre
82-92 Whitechapel Rd, London
Phone: 020 7650 3000
Middlesex St, London
Phone: 07711 200300
Hindu Pragati Sangha
33 Rhondda Grove,
London E3 5AP
Phone: 020 3489 7078
Monday-Friday: 8:45 am to 6:00 pm
2-4 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7734 7774