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7 essential apps to download when visiting London

Make the most of your time in London by downloading these 7 handy apps that save you time, money and hassle.

Navigate London like a pro with Citymapper

Getting from A to B in London can be a complex task at times, but with Citymapper you can navigate the city like a local. This handy app compares routes through all London transport options (walk, tube, bus, train, Uber / taxi, bike and boat) and provides accurate travel times, departures and costs in real time (it also lets you know how many calories you burn if you walk / bike). Travel options take into account road and rail interruptions and maps clearly highlight Santander Cycle train stations, bus stops and docking stations in the area.

Sign up for secret concerts with Sofar sounds

See London’s next big event by holding a secret concert in an intimate venue by downloading the Sofar Sounds app. This global community connects music fans with unsigned artists performing in unusual settings like warehouses, rooftops, offices, and even member apartments. You will need to register to search for concerts and you will only receive the location information the day before the event. Tickets are £ 10 and there is a bring your own drink policy.

Find fun hoop family activities

If you’re traveling to London with your family, Hoop makes it easy to track down fun things to do with kids of all ages. You can browse hundreds of events and activities taking place across the city and sort the listings by age and category (exhibits, music and singing, stories and talks, etc.). There is also a filter to search for free events.

Make reservations at London’s best restaurants with speed

Tap into London’s food scene with Velocity, a sleek app that highlights daily reservations at the city’s best restaurants. You can search by category (date night, quick lunch, casual and quick) and location and access curated lists organized by bloggers and food critics. The interface features image galleries, menu highlights, and price points, and you can put together a wish list to come back to. You can also pay for meals and split the bill among diners through the app. Best for central London locations; There aren’t many restaurant listings in South London or in neighborhoods outside of Zone 1.

Take an audio tour of London with Detour

Get off the beaten track and explore London at your own pace with an immersive audio tour from Detour. Each tour lasts between 30 and 90 minutes and is narrated by a local who knows a specific neighborhood well. Highlights include Backstage Westminster, Radical Clerkenwell, and Arsenal – pints, pubs, and football. The app is free to download and the first 10-minute section of each tour is free; the total cost of each tour is $ 5 or there is an annual subscription service for unlimited access. The remote play function allows you to resume a tour from anywhere if you cannot finish it at once.

Explore the best urban art in the city with Street Art London

Explore the colorful streets of London with the Street Art London app, a handy tool that indexes the best street art in the city. You can search for works by specific artists and read detailed biographies, or search for works in a specific area by clicking the pins on the map. The app has been created by the team behind the popular street art walking tours in Shoreditch.

Beat the rain with the Met Office weather app

Take advantage of London’s weather by downloading the official Met Office app, a comprehensive weather guide that provides daily and hourly forecasts. You can track rain using a radar map, monitor pollen and air pollution, and set weather alerts for saved locations. You can also change the units from centigrade to fahrenheit.

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