With many Yorkshire teams playing outside of the top flight, derbies were not often on the menu during the Irish striker's time at Leeds United.
But there is certainly a derby culture in London - ten during the course of the season, with three already played.
Robbie feels the highly charged atmosphere at such games will bring out the best in him.
"Yeah, it's good - I enjoyed it," he said. "I like a bit of a hostile atmosphere, it gets you going even more and adds a bit to the game.
"It was nice, obviously, to get the win.
"We made it hard for ourselves by conceding straight away after scoring but, all in all, we have to be happy with the three points."
Robbie Keane relished his first taste of the London derby atmosphere against West Ham and says he is looking forward to more of the same.