As soon as you know that you are moving to London, you should make a list of the essential tasks that you have to do as soon as you touch down. If you’re using a London relocation services company to help you with the big move, then they may be able to help you get set up and settled in even faster.
The most important thing you should do when you arrive is to get in contact with your family back home to let them know that you’re enjoying London. If you have brought your mobile phone with you, make sure it will work on the British networks and then get a SIM card. It can be quite a process to get a contract through one of the service providers, so your best bet is to get a Pay-as-you-Go SIM card which will allow you to add credit when you need it. The most popular mobile phone operators in London are Vodafone, O2, Orange and T-Mobile. If you don’t have a phone then you can purchase one with SIM card at most major retail outlets in your neighborhood.
To get around London, you do not need a car. In fact you’d be advised to avoid all forms of car ownership for the duration, unless you rent a car for the day to travel out of London. The most efficient way of getting around London is by tube, train, bus or taxi. The first step? Get yourself an Oyster Card. This is the cheapest, safest and fastest way to pay for your travel around London. It looks like a bank card and all you do is load it with credit for your travel, and then swipe it on all tubes, buses and trains. No cash, no fuss. Easy does it.
You’ll also need to think of setting up a bank account as soon as you arrive. It’s not difficult, but it may be a bit time consuming, so be prepared to bring ALL of your paperwork with you. If you are using an international relocation company then ask them to guide you through the process and advise you on all of the possible paperwork that you might need when you’re moving.