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The 10 best ways to save time, effort and money
By Adam Stokes
Living in London poses a variety of different challenges for travelling, eating, shopping and more – but thankfully there’s an app for almost everything. Here we’ve compiled the Top 10 Free London apps for your browsing pleasure. Among them, you’ll find the best ways to save time and money on a variety of life’s most essential activities.
#1 CityMapper – Transport
CityMapper was designed for every kind of Londoner, from the good time-keepers who are ready and waiting to the lost ones with no sense of direction. With a whole host of different features, from offering live updates on trains and buses to handy cycle and walking route information, you’ll never be lost again. Possibly the most useful part of the app is the ‘Get Me Home’ feature, which will advise you on the quickest way to get home from your current location. Available on iPhone and Android, simples.
#2 YPlan – Entertainment
For those looking to satisfy the spontaneous streak in them, look no further than YPlan. With live updates on the night’s hottest current events – from concerts and gigs to theatre and comedy – you can purchase tickets in an instant. This app is not for the itinerary planner, so throw the checklist out the window and be prepared to head down to somewhere you’ve never even heard of. Available on both iPhone and Android, you can find events in as little as two clicks.
#3 Drinki – Drinking
Available on both iPhone and Android platforms, this is a useful app giving FREE drinks for a Facebook Check-in. Simply download the app and register your account to seamlessly search bars throughout the capital offering free cocktails for a Facebook Check-in completely free. As fun as it is thrifty, just remember to enjoy it responsibly. Bottoms up! BILDN
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#4 Kabbee – Cabs
Since the very first phone app, their main objectives have been to make things that are otherwise quite time consuming or difficult, quicker and easier. Kabbee is no different. Available on iPhone and Android, the app allows you to book a black cab within a matter of clicks. You can track the progress of your ride while you’re waiting for it, and check out the driver’s details before they arrive. Best of all, with the ability to pay by card through the app – you don’t even need any cash on you. Perfect!
#5 London Official Guide – Tourism
There’s no better app when you are looking for the best place to visit in London than the London Official Guide. It is official, after all. With smart features such as weather and time based recommendations, as well as locations of all the best tourist attractions and places to eat, it’s an entertainment, transport and restaurant app in one. Another nice touch is the offline GPS and maps that ensure you never get lost, even when you’re out of data. The app is available exclusively on iPhone.
#6 Time Out London – Tourism
Time Out London is also great for knowing what’s going on all over the capital. Available on iPhone, Android, and Windows 8 phones, Time Out don’t discriminate – so you can know the score whatever device you have. Whether you’re looking for something to eat or drink, somewhere to catch a show, or the best spot to go and dance the night away, the app can direct you wherever your heart desires. With an easy to use system and detailed information on everything you need while in the capital, you’d be missing out without it!
#7 London on a plate – Eating
There aren’t many things more demanding than a hungry tummy – that’s why an app that gives you all the best ways to satisfy it is pretty handy. London on a plate shows you all the best restaurants in London, as well as what to cook and where to shop if you want a quiet night in, instead. With tips, opinions and advice on a huge range of different foods, and stunning photography and reviews too, you’ll never need another cookbook again!
#8 Santander Cycles
Santander Cycles are ideal for those looking burn a few calories while getting around the capital. With terminals on almost every corner, cycling through London has never been easier. The Santander Cycles app is available on both iPhone and Android, and offers routes and directions as well as showing you your nearest docking stations. With this nice app you can plan a journey with an easy to follow map, receive notifications – for example, summarising the cost at the end of your hire and view your recent journeys and charges.
#9 Bathroom Scout – Toilet Facilities
Finding a public toilet in certain parts of London can be a nightmare, especially if you’re looking for a clean one. It can be even harder looking for one with baby change facilities too – that’s why Bathroom Scout Pro was born. With a database containing over 600,000 public restrooms worldwide, you can always find one close to you. (There’s nothing worse than a locked toilet… so close, yet so far.) The app is also provided in different languages including Spanish, Chinese and English. It is available on Android.
#10 Regent Street App – Shopping
For the most personalised shopping experience imaginable, there’s no better app than the Regent Street App. Using autoGraph technology, it gathers information on your fashion and retail interests, and then uses the information to inform you of exclusive offers, deals and discounts currently available in your favourite stores. Best of all, the app connects with beacons installed on Regent Street, so you’ll be informed of crucial information whilst on the street itself. Instant savings!
Those are our top 10 Free London apps on the app market right now. Use them and you’ll find yourself saving time and money on things that you didn’t even know could be made easier – so get downloading!
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