A well-developed economy, world-class attractions, ease of access to continental Europe - all this makes London attractive to foreigners. But at first time in a strange city you always feel insecure. Here are some tips to help you quickly adapt to local living conditions and feel yourself at home in London.
Exchange of money. Want to convert foreign currency into British currency? Do not be tempted to exchange the entire amount of cash directly at the airport - there this operation will cost much more. If you want to find the best exchange rate, visit comparecurrency.com.
Transport. To use public transport in London, you need an Oyster Card. Buy this card at all metro stations, and replenish - at any stop or train station. If you are a student, apply online for Student Oyster Card and save on bus and tram travel 30%. And people with disabilities can apply for a Freedom Pass, which gives them right to travel around London for free.
Orientation in space. Download the free London guide with tips on where to eat, what activities to visit and how to spend your time in London without spending money. On this resource you can also find a map of the underground metro and other transport interchanges.
Free Internet. Most pubs and cafes in London have Wi-Fi. You may need to buy coffee or beer to use the free Internet, but it is much cheaper than a minute in an Internet cafe.
British SIM card. Calls from your old network will be expensive. You will save on calls using the British SIM card.
Bank account. Opening a bank account in the UK is one of the top-priority procedures that must be completed upon arrival. It can take up to two weeks. Therefore, make sure that you have enough money for this period.
Medical insurance. Students should ask the school how to make an appointment with a doctor and what medical services will be provided to them. If you are not a student, use Local Surgery to find your hospital.