London can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced traveller or resident. From navigating public transport, finding the perfect cup of coffee, to deciding whether you’ll need your umbrella on your daily commute: If you have a smartphone, these apps have you covered.
London Coffee Network
If your day doesn’t start until you’ve had your first cup of coffee, then this app will make your mornings infinitely more productive. London Coffee Network serves as both a guide to artisan coffee shops and a rewards program.
This award-winning app uses the official licensed London Tube map to give users up-to-date train times and line updates as well as an offline map and journey planner. You can also customize your trip, prioritising a shorter journey or one with fewer tube changes.
Frugl helps you make every one of your hard-earned Pounds count in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Expect tips on free and discounted attractions across the city, and beyond. Perfect for the week before payday!
London is known for its gloomy skies and drizzle. DarkSky will help you decide if you really need your brolly and wellies when you leave home. This iOS app gives you up-to-the-minute information on the chance of rain.
If you’re not sure of the best route to take to your destination, Citymapper will give you an estimated time for walking, cycling, taxi or public transport. Citymapper provides multiple routes and options, including the Tube, overground rail, bus, and a “rain safe” option.
YPlan gives users an overview of what’s on in London, whether you’re looking for a comedy club, a secret supper club, a West End musical or a late-night museum opening. The app allows you to filter by price or event type, and comes with a handy map function. YPlan also hosts flash sales, allowing you to pick up discounted tickets immediately.
British Street Food
If you can’t walk past a food stall without stopping, then this is the perfect app for you. Food lovers can rate, photograph and locate the city’s best empanadas, falafels, sausages and more – allowing anyone to go on a food adventure through the city.
If you’d prefer not to spend your precious Pounds on data bundles, then use WiFi Finder to find free WiFi hubs around the city.