Top five Essential Apps For A Trip To London
The smartphone is the ultimate accessory for the modern visitor to London enjoying a city break to help you have a relaxing holiday whilst getting all the essentials in. Loading it up with apps in advance can be the difference between a stress-free trip and one full of challenges.
If you have ever looked at the multicoloured lines on a London Underground map and tried to untangle them in your head, you will know that riding the Tube can be confusing. Add in the other forms of public transport and it is a logistical nightmare. That is where Citymapper comes in. Install it on your phone before arriving in London, then all you need to do is type in your destination and hit ‘Get me there’ or you can use the 'Route Planner to plan your journey and there will be a selection of the most direct routes will appear on your screen. These easy-to-follow guides even tell you how far you will need to walk to a specific bar, restaurant or attraction after you have exited the train and will map it for you.
Visit London app
If you only add one app to your phone before arriving in the capital, the Visit London app would be a good choice. As well as guides to the top attractions, hidden gems, best food options and upcoming events, you can create personalised itineraries and offline apps. Add to that the ability to book tickets and it is something of a one-stop shop for all your London needs.
Santander Cycles app
Cycling is a fantastic way to see more of London under your own steam, stopping wherever you want, whenever you want. The Santander Cycle scheme makes the whole process of hiring a bike really simple, as there are docking stations dotted across the capital. The app tells you how to get to the nearest station and the availability of bikes there, as well as allowing you to pay and obtain release codes at the touch of a button.
Natural History Museum app
The world-famous Natural History Museum is just a 15-minute walk from Royal Garden Hotel, meaning a visit could not be any more convenient. There is only one way to enhance the experience and that is by adding Sir David Attenborough. Download the museum’s app and the voice of the legendary naturalist will guide you around the magnificent Hintze Hall and its central exhibit. Discover 4.5 billion years of natural history and the museum’s highlights with wonderfully tailored audio descriptions and behind-the-scenes insights.
History fans will not be able to resist the Timelooper app, which turns locations all over London into their former incarnations. Once downloaded, you simply hold your phone up to your surroundings and see them transformed into key moments in history. From Second World War bombs dropping on Trafalgar Square in 1940 to an elephant being kept at the Tower of London during medieval times, you will be able to see London in a whole different light.
London’s Best Coffee app
It would be foolish to think that you could tackle everything that London has to offer without a regular shot of caffeine, and a disappointing coffee is hard to stomach. Never find yourself in a situation where you have to settle for a below-par brew by downloading the London's Best Coffee app. The emphasis is on independent establishments and even includes stalls and coffee trucks, meaning you will never have to settle for a cup from a chain coffee shop during your London stay.