London is a pretty massive place and it can be slightly overwhelming if you don't know it too well and aren't sure of the best places to go. Nowadays, most people have a "smart phone" of some kind so read on for the 10 best iPhone apps to help with your London life or just a trip to London.
By far the best London Guidebook on the market right now. It's polished, works well and is feature packed. It includes all the great travel tips and information that you'd find in a guide book. It has a 'nearby' functionality that will show you what's going on around you. Has a great map with all points of interest highlighted and a library of images of London. You can do an app wide search. By far my favourite feature is the ability to create a 'favourites' list so you can easily access all the things you want to do from one spot.
London Tube Map
This great app currently gets over 65,000 downloads a month. It shows a classic map of the London Underground – which works in landscape mode – directory of Tube Lines and stops, stations, GPS locate function and a route planner. It's a perfect little app and will be indispensable to anyone traveling to London who doesn't want to carry around a traditional Tube map.
If you love art, this is a pretty impressive app from the National Gallery in London. It's filled with great videos, audio about paintings and so much more. The images included are high quality and this will make an excellent companion to a visit at the National Gallery. The National Gallery should definitely be on your list if it's your first time in London.
A lot of work went into this app and it shows. London City Slicker is a great guide to London with excellent written text (not taken from the Wikipedia), images, audio and maps. The audio is informative and you can pause and resume it, unlike the London Audio Guide. The maps aren't internal but that's going to change with the next version, according to the developer. The new version will also have added video tours about the history of London. This app is definitely a good buy.
This is just a brilliant app. It provides the classic London A-Z map in an easy to use app. It's easy to search, easy to read and has GPS location. I don't like how you can't zoom in and out and there isn't a landscape mode but it is easy to use and very handy.
DK books are great and brilliant for trip planning. So, this little iPhone app is great. It's a useful little app packed with lots of great information, decent maps and a currency converter. Lots of great info.
Good little app. The user interface isn't that great, but it makes up for it with all the information it contains. It's a database of all the free things you can do in London. Has contact information, location on a map and the closing/opening times. You can make a list of your favourite locations so they're easy to find again, making it a very useful app.
This app will calculate the fare, time and route for your taxi trips to help you plan your journeys around London. This is based on the TfL Taxi Tariff and estimated traffic congestion in London according to the time you take your journey. While it's a little slow and relies on the data network for its data – it's a very useful app and can help you save a bit of money if you're debating whether or not you should take a cab or the Tube.
The Evening Standard is London's local paper and comes out in the afternoons for the commuters. It's filled with great articles and you can keep up with the latest London centric news that a lot of the bigger papers ignore. The London Evening Standard is a quality daily newspaper, published in tabloid format in London with coverage of national and international news as well as topical.
Must have for any world traveler – this keeps track of currency conversion rates. Not only can you keep up with the latest currency conversion rates for the UK, but you can also compare it to other currencies.