London is a magnificent blend of ancient architecture, age-old history and the sheik of modern-day iron and glass. I sometimes think that Dr. Who blew up his Tardis in here somewhere and it caused a massive time rift that blended different eras into a steaming pool glorified magnificence that is the Big Smoke.
The fun part is that we got the best from all eras the classy style of the old days and the technological marvel of the future. Needless to say, in a city as big as London, the latter seems to be a bit more handy.
Furthermore, technology is like the Tube – an aspect of London you simply can’t survive without in 2018. It helps, it guides, it nurtures and saves money if used wisely.
How? Dig into this post to learn the answer.
1 – The Visit London
This is Big Smoke’s official application that holds the keys to many secrets. You can find out about amazing stuff you can see or do at the moment, there are offline maps available and the application also offers amazing deals on lots of things.
You can also book seats and purchase tickets from the app and the lists that it covers are all hand-picked. Some additional treats include but are not limited to finding:
- Cheap places to eat
- Free attractions
- Top markets
- The best things to check out this weekend
2 – The Oyster app
Everybody knows that there wouldn’t even be a place called London without the Oyster Card, because the people driven mad by commuting and fees would all scatter in terror.
Luckily, the Oyster is here to save the day us and with the app it’s more convenient than ever.
- You can purchase passes in the app
- Or you can top your credit as you go
- You can check your journeys, tickets, payments and more
- Notifications will alert you about anything of importance and you can even set your own custom triggers from the app
The Oyster App is available for both iOS and Android.
3 – The Regent Street App
What can be better than a personalized shopping experience, especially in a city as large and filled with affordable (and not so much) wonders of all shapes and sizes?
The Regent Street App does just that. The app will learn about your interests and it will offer exclusive deals as well as secret invitations for sales and other events from stores.
It’s like joining a secret club that helps you shop or the Shopilluminati if you will. How awesome is that?
The app is available on iTune
4 – Wriggle
Ok, let’s face it. London is expensive. It really is, especially when it comes to pubs, cafés and restaurants or the service industry in general for that matter.
With Wiggle, however, you can get one hell of the bargain with the amount of exclusive deals at your disposal.
Not only that, but you will also be getting a lot of updates and notifications about your favorite places to have a pint at directly into your smartphone.
5 – The London Coffee Network
We’ve got you covered in the evening with Wriggle, but what about the harsh mornings and your dire desire to get caffeinated?
You’ve got the London Coffee Network, an app designed for you to support local chains in exchange for rewards and bonus points.
Drink coffee to earn coffee. Can there even be a better deal?
5 – Tube Map
If you think that London is a city then you are wrong. It is a sandbox composed of smaller towns. Each of them is as individual as neighbors go, yet all are connected with the same bloodstream of the Tube’s tunnels.
Needless to say, you can get lost in that variety in a blink of an eye unless you have a handy little app called simply the Tube Map.
The name says it all. The app is simple, intuitive and it provides you with all sorts of data on your and the train’s whereabouts. Neat.
6 – The UK Bus Checker
What can I say? This is the Tube Map but for busses. Super handy and a total must-have on your phone if you wish to know when’s the next bus coming without actually waiting and watching out for it on the stop.
7 – Dice
Easy booking, awesome deals and great prices are Dice in a nutshell. If you are willing to let the music maniac break loose and you don’t want to spend a fortune on it, here are the links for iOS and Android.
One more awesome thing about the app – every event featured in it is hand-picked by a team of passionate music fans and professionals in the industry. O, in simpler words, Dice is clutter-free.
8 – Dark Sky
If you don’t like the weather in London, wait for five minutes. Sadly, the saying goes the other way around as well, but for that you have the DarkSky app.
Yes, even in a seemingly unpredictable London there are apps that can give you precise, up-to-minute broadcasts.
DarkSky is available for iPhones and iPads if you follow this link.
9 – ATM Hunter
In need of some quick cash but don’t have a clue on the whereabouts of the nearest ATM? Worry not, this app is here to save your day.
Do note that ATM Hunter will not prevent you from overspending so use it carefully, especially after a hot night in a pub.
The app is available on iOS.
10 – Pretty much any gaming app you fancy
A trip on a tube or a bus can be a lengthy one in London. A fun game that you enjoy may become a salvation. Alternatively, you can get an app for books like CoolReader to read as you commute.