London is both high priced and high paced; eating out is an expensive business, and keeping up with all the events is busy work.
There are many smart phone apps available to help a newcomer or visitor around London. So here is our choice of free apps that will save you a lot of money and time during your stay here.
GETTING AROUND LONDON
Trainline is the #1 downloaded train app in the UK. Get the Trainline app today and get access to live train information, and timetables, find out about disruptions, and re-plan your journey on the go. Trainline works with all train operators in the UK. Review all journey options available and pick the best one for you. Save your railcard to get the right fares. Book your next trip in seconds. Check live departure and arrival times. Find your platform and follow the live progress of your train. View station information including maps and local taxi numbers direct to your mobile. Everything with just one app. You can get it both for Android and iOS.
KABBEE – BOOK LONDON MINICABS
Kabbee emerged to make life easier for Londoners by ensuring they save money getting the cab they need with apps or on the web. They have connected cab companies from all over London so that passengers can choose by price, arrival time, punctuality or even user rating.
You will receive a great service, a punctual driver and a pleasant car at a great price. They have the largest fleet in London at your disposal, so there’s always a car just around the corner.
Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app—no reservations or waiting in taxi lines. From low-cost to premium, every ride option feels like an upgrade to the everyday.
Create your account using a credit card or PayPal, and your fare will be charged automatically at the end of your ride. You can also pay with cash in select cities. No cash is required and the cost of your ride will be charged directly to the credit card on file along with £10 free credit as well as an extra £10 every time you recommend UBER to a friend. The app is both on Google Play for Android and iTunes for iOS.
TUBE MAP LONDON UNDERGROUND
The London Tube Map application is a superb route planner for the London Underground (Tube) system with many unique features, and both available for Android and iOS. The inbuilt map provides the official TFL map of the city underground services with the ability to switch to an online street map view when an internet connection is available. This way the user can view the online map feature when above ground and the transport map and route planning is still fully functional underground or anywhere there is no internet connection. This provides the best of both worlds, the transport map and route planning anytime, anywhere and online street maps and search when a connection is available.
THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE …
TIME OUT LONDON
Time out London magazine is now available for free (if you manage to get your hands on one before they run out), but the app version is also a pretty handy little guide. There is the “Most Popular in London” suggestions which you can scroll across on the top. Then there is the “Top 10” shortlists which makes it easy to pick out the must-see and must-dos around the capital. The daily offers and discounts are pretty good value, also there are mix of events, attractions, dining, beauty and London experiences. And if you are still stumped on what to do, there is the wild card “Inspire” section which randomly selects something you may find interesting.
WHYM – TICKET AND ATTRACTIONS
Among the many major cities, Whym is available also in London. When you don’t feel like planning your activites ahead, or your plans fell apart in the last minute, just go out on a whim with…well, Whym! It allows you to explore and book last-minute tickets to some of the best tours and attractions in town, directly from your smartphone.
STROLLON LONDON – YOUR PERSONAL AUDIO GUIDE
Explore London in a most unique way! The StrollOn app offers you audio tours, along with photos, maps and GPS, which don’t need a wi-fi connection to work! It’s like going on a tour of London without spending money and with you dictating every step of the way.
Some of their tours include Westminster, the old part of London, Soho, St.James and many others. Unfortunately, they’re only available for iOS.
DOLLAR DOLLAR BILLS Y’ALL
When you’re feeling generous on a night out, or see something you just have to buy, but don’t have any cash in you – don’t worry, open the ATM Hunter app and see how close you are to your nearest ATM. It’s available for free on Android and iOS.
TRANSFERWISE MONEY TRANSFER
If you’ve moved to London for advancing your degree or maybe started a new job here, it’s likely that your family will want to help you out by sending you some money. But, let’s be honest – banks have so many hidden (and high!) fees for transferring money abroad, it’d be easier to send them by a pigeon and hope they arrive safe. That’s where the TransferWise app comes in – you can send money, pay bills or loans in another country, all at the lowest cost possible and with the courtesy of your smartphone. Get it for Android and iOS.
TREAT YOURSELF WITH GOOD FOOD
OPENTABLE UK: BOOK RESTAURANTS
Use OpenTable to find, explore, reserve, and manage restaurant reservations free and instantly. OpenTable’s app helps you find new restaurants, view restaurant menus, reviews, and photos, and earn reward points towards your next delicious meal. Get the app for iOS and Android.
Discover new local restaurants and cafes which have special offers on certain meals, pick what looks best for you (though that’s gonna be tough, with all the delicious plates you’ll browse!) and get a discount code through Wriggle. All you need to do is download the app (both for Android and iOS) next is show your code and enjoy your feast!
STAYING TECH SAVVY
Onavo Extend is a compression app that works quietly in the background to minimize how much data your phone uses when it’s not connected to Wi-Fi. It takes all your data-intensive activities, such as getting mapped directions, sending and receiving email, and browsing the Web, and trims the fat. A must-have money-saving feature for both iOS and Android.
REDLASER – BARCODE/QR CODE READER
RedLaser is a secret weapon for the smart shopper – scan barcodes or search for items to make sure you have all the information you need, including product details, ratings, reviews and pricing. Get it for Android.
AND FINALLY, GET A FREE BEER!
FREE BEER™ APP
With the Free Beer App you could receive a free beer every single day simply by downloading the app, selecting a venue and then claiming your free beer when you purchase any other kind of drink. The idea behind the app is that you should drink at one of the bars that really want your business – and they will reward you for it.
There are some great venues that have signed up including The Rake in London Bridge, the Grand Union in Camden and The Magic Garden in Battersea. Just download the app for iOS, and enjoy your free beer!