December 11, 2014
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is the most visited city in the world, according to MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. With a growth in visitors around 8%, with an estimated total of 18.69 million international visitors this year.
It is safe to assume that if most of these visitors utilized smartphone apps, it would make their visit more fun, more practical, or even safer. If you were one of those 18.69 million visitors and plan to return, or simply want to go to London for the first time, there are some apps that you should know and take with you in your gadget.
London Official Guide
This is a rule of thumb for almost anything related to mobile apps: if there is an official app, then chances are that it is the best app. In London’s case, the London Official Guide is powered by visitlondon.com and has lots of features to help people in their London journey.
From offline maps and GPS, to itineraries, top-10s divided by categories, step-by-step indications to use public transportation and many other items, this is one of the most complete mobile apps about the city. However, it is only available for iPhone.
London is known to be one of the most expensive in Europe. Bringing live money with you is not a good idea so, most likely, you will end up needing to get cash from an ATM machine. However, in a big city like London, it is not always easy to find one.
And this is exactly where ATM Hunter, developed by Mastercard, comes in handy: it will tell you where the nearest (free) cashpoints are and, even though this may seem like a very basic app, it will surely save you lots of time and trouble.
Charge My Phone
As mentioned above, London is a big city, with plenty of locations to see and visit. Considering that, it is pretty normal that, at some point in the day, the power in your gadgets is low. There are several points in the city where you can charge your devices for free, but it is not easy to know them all.
Charge My Phone, developed by liGo, brings all these locations together in a very useful map of London. Not only locations can be filtered by “regular” and Solarbox chargers, this service also shows coffee shops and restaurants, so you get three informations by the price of one.
London Official Events Guide
Developed by visitlondon.com as well, London Official Events Guide is an app that collects the must-see events in London so that visitors do not miss a thing. Available for iPhone and Android, it has useful features like “What’s on”, that presents the best events happening around you, a map that presents those events in a visual way and lets you plan the best routes to get to them, and comprehensive listings of events, according to several categories.
Do you think that there are other important apps to use when visiting London? Let us know in the comments.
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