we could go on and on about the essential items you need to be comfortable in London but instead we'll just give you a few to get you started and a couple of links to help get them sorted.
1. Is a mobile phone or UK sim card so you can get connected with peeps back home.
There are a few options; you can either bring your own phone from home as long as it's unlocked and then get a sim card from any one of the UK providers. the best ones are; O2, Orange, Vodafone, 3 Mobile, and T-Mobile.
Otherwise of course you can buy a phone and sim-card package from any of those outlets too. You'll find at least one of them on any major High St in London, but if you want to do your shopping around, head to Oxford St in the centre of London where you'll find them all in walking distance from each other.
2. A map to help you get around London. The most famous one is the London A-Z, a pocket guide with every nook and cranny that London is made up of so you never get lost.
you can get them in any newsagent or souvenir store in and around London, or you can buy them online if you want your parentals or friends to get you one as a pressie.
3. Get an Oyster Card. It's a card used as payment on the London transport system. At any tube station you can load your card up with money and then use the card to 'tap in and out' on dedicated sensors on every bus and tube stop around London. It's quick and more cost effective than buying individual tickets.
you can grab them at any tube stop and prob best to get yours at Heathrow airport if you decide to Tube it from there. Or you can grab them online if ya want.
4. There are various options available for international phone cards. You can get these phone cards anywhere in the market. With the help of these you can call back home at very affordable rates. PC to Phone call is also another option to get in touch with your loved ones in fraction of time5. For some having a car is an essential item in any country. It gives you the freedom to go whereever you like, whenever you like and can, if done properly, be cheaper than conventional public transport. Your options are either to buy a car outright or if you want to test out driving on the UK roads and going for a few road trips here and there then a long term car rental option is a great idea.