When you are living your London tour Experience, you find there are one or two smartphone apps that you just can’t do without. London is a fast-paced city, and these little helpers make it a lot easier to navigate, whilst also giving you access to exciting new experiences.
All these apps are totally free, so grab your phone and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
No real Londoner leaves the house without checking Citymapper first. If you want to make the most of your days in the city it’s essential to avoid missing buses and getting lost. Citymapper will give you all the transport info you need to make sure you spend as little time as possible on the tube or bus. It’s a must-have app!
If you have a little more money to spend on transport then it’s worth taking taxis. London is an extremely Uber-friendly city and there’s always an independent cab on hand to pick you up. Then again, if you’re looking for the traditional black-cab London experience you can always try Gett (https://gett.com/uk/).
The perfect ‘things to do’ app; Timeout will give you secret insight into the coolest cultural and fine-dining events in the city. From special events at the science museum to the best secret gardens in London, Timeout has a rich variety of up-to-the-minute articles to keep your days filled.
If nightlife is more your kind of thing, then YPlan is the app for you. From Backyard Cinema to Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, YPlan has the coolest and quirkiest ticketed events you could hope for. You can buy your tickets right on the app so there’s no messing about with printing, and there’s usually a tonne of special offers on there. If you want to book a big night out, this is the place to do it.
Frugl is essentially YPlan for travellers on a budget. It has some really exciting events all for £20 and under, from bar crawls to cultural experiences. If you want to take in as many unique experiences as possible whilst in the city have a browse through Frugl.
England’s Historic Cities
Thinking of taking in a little history? The England’s Historic Cities app brings you real-life stories in a unique augmented-reality format. Take a tour around historic Greenwich and learn about London’s fascinating maritime past, or take a day trip to explore Cambridge’s amazing Fitzwilliam museum.
The Blue Plaque app
The blue plaques are emblematic of London’s fascinating heritage. And now, they have their own app! Plan your own blue plaque walk around London and encounter key locations that shaped history; everything from Jimi Hendrix’s flat to the place of Churchill’s death.
Of course, if you really want to explore London’s heritage, we highly recommend our Historic Royal Palaces tour.
That’s all you need to have a great vacation in London. These apps are super useful but try not to spend the whole time staring at your phone. Remember, you’re here to experience London. Talk to people, ask for recommendations, and get yourself out there. You never know what you might find.