Last updated November 2016
Once you have booked your flights and sorted out your accommodation for London, don’t forget to download some handy apps to your phone. There are thousands of London apps to help you with everything from navigating the tube to booking theatre tickets. I have chosen my favourites and some runners up that are worth chewing up some data space on your phone.
Best app for getting around London
Citymapper [iOS and Android, free to download] This app is brilliant for getting you from point A to point B via any mode of transport – tube, train, bus, taxi, bike, walk, ferry, etc – and letting you know how much it will cost. You can choose the fastest or cheapest route or a specific method of transport. Where possible the app uses live data and can recalculate your route to account for any disruptions. It will even tell you the closest transport options to you if you happened to get lost. An added bonus is the app is available for many other cities in Europe and across the globe.
Best app for booking tours and attractions in London
Get Your Guide [iOS and Android, free to download] Search, select and pay for all your London activities online using this handy app that also holds your ticket information. From skipping the line entry tickets for St Paul’s Cathedral or a street art walking tour, there are activities for every visitor to London. It’s great if, like me, you don’t like carrying around paper vouchers and want to manage as much as possible on your smart phone.
London tour ideas from Get Your Guide
Best app for restaurant finds and reservations in London
Open Table [iOS and Android, free to download] Make instant reservations and access deals at some of London’s iconic restaurants with this easy to use app. You can also browse by cuisine, location, availability and price and read reviews to help you decide where to eat.
An example of a current deal: 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester for £60 per person. Note – you really need to be quite well organised to book the best restaurants so take heed or take note of the next app.
Best app for for last minute and high end restaurant reservations in London
Velocity [iOS only currently, free to download] If you have not been super organised and secured your reservation for The River Cafe, Hakkasan or other restaurants on your London wish list, this app reveals available tables at some of the hottest places in town for same and next day bookings.
Best app for what’s on in London
Dojo [iOS only, free to download] The Dojo app helps you uncover the latest exhibitions, bars, pop ups and festivals through the city. Browse what’s on by date, category and location. The app is even integrated with Citymapper to get you to your venue of choice.
Best app for London theatre bookings
London Theatre Direct [iOS only, free to download] Your trip to London would not be complete without catching at least one show. With the London Theatre app you can browse musicals, plays, opera and ballet listings and read reviews to help you decide what you would like to see. Then continue in the app to review seating plans and book seats for your favourite show.
More apps for your London trip
Street Art London [iOS only, free to download] – view and visit street art by artist and location
Hoop [iOS and Android, free to download] – discover family friendly activities in and around London
BBC Weather [iOS, Android and Amazon, free to download] – will you need a cardigan or coat?
TodayTix [iOS and Android, free to download] – last minute theatre tickets
Gett [iOS + Android] – order and pay for black cabs – up to £5 credit for your first ride with this Gett link
Treatwell [iOS and Android] – find, book and pay for beauty treatments in salons across London
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