There’s no arguing that attractions like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London are not to be missed if you plan on visiting London. However, there’s no better way to get an authentic experience than living like a local. From using the London Underground to grabbing a pint at the local pub, these 11 apps can help you find what you’re looking for—and tell you how to get there.
With Mr. Johnson no longer the mayor, the city’s main public bicycle service is not “Boris Bikes” anymore—but it can still accessed everywhere around London. For a small fee, customers get a convenient and fun way to see the city in all its glory for a 24-hour period. A ride through Hyde Park is highly recommended.
South African Graham Paterson launched this app to help thirsty Londoners find late-night drinking spots. Nightcapp lists over 1,500 bars and pubs that close after 11.30pm, and—based on your phone’s location—lets you know which are open nearby.
This free global subway app gives you to access the entire map of London’s underground on your phone, enabling you to see more in half the time.
Price: £3.42 (approx.)
If you’re not a fan of small spaces and require a bit more room during transit, traveling by bus might be a more suitable option. UK Bus Checker allows you to check all London bus schedules with its easy-to-use mobile app.
This app will show you all the best spots for a fresh cup in all of London—perfect for the Starbucks-averse or coffee drinkers looking to grab some inspiration at a quirky, indie brewhouse.
Whether you’re interested in a daytime cultural excursion or night out in London, Hype will give you the latest events and discounts around town.
The iconic black cab is a symbol of London and hands-down the best way to get around in the city. This free app enables you to hail a taxicab with two taps.
London isn’t exactly pocketbook-friendly and your wallet or purse will eventually need a top-up. The ATM Hunter app will allow you to locate a cash machine so you’ll never be out of cash while out-and-about in the city.
Frugl is designed to give you the best of London on a budget, allowing you to have a great day/night out for a fraction of the price.
Citymapper is an indispensable resource for those planning a trip to London—as well as a myriad of other global cities. The app offers a clear and concise city guide and various transportation options available.
In short, if you’re looking to experience London on a deeper level, these apps are sure to make your stay in more enjoyable and productive.