The coolest apps to make your London trip a breeze

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Montcalm app

When travelling anywhere, especially a city like London, it’s always a good idea to fully equip your smartphone or tablet with plenty of travel apps to make life easier ahead of making your trip. To help you on your way, here is our pick of the best apps, including hotel reservation apps, apps full of ideas for days out, and apps to help you navigate around the city.

Montcalm app

Citymapper

Need to get to a conference centre on the other side of town? Looking for the quickest way to get to Covent Garden? Citymapper will help. Unlike other map apps, it uses real time data to show you the best, most logical way to get from point A to point B.

Available on iOS and Android.

Santander Cycles

Affectionately referred to as ‘Boris Bikes’ by Londoners, Santander Cycles are bikes that can be found across London. The system is simple – take your payment card to a docking station and reserve a bike. You can have 24-hour access, or just hire one for a 30-minute ride. While the app doesn’t let you reserve a bike, you can find the nearest docking station to return your bike once you’ve finished exploring.

Available on iOS and Android.

FourSquare

FourSquare has been around for a while, but it’s a great app to have stored on your phone if you’re planning to explore a new area of the city. The app aggregates reviews as well as tips and advice from other travellers. You’ll find opinions on the hottest attractions, restaurants, clubs and bars to help make your stay memorable.

Available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

London’s Best Coffee

Want to grab a cup of coffee on the go? Want to try somewhere other than Starbucks or Costa? That’s where London’s best coffee comes in. The app lists the city’s best independent cafes to grab a coffee, so you never have to endure a bad cup again.

Available on iOS and Android.

Uber

The Tube is great for getting around London, but with Uber you can travel privately. The service has been renowned across the world, partly because it offers a straightforward, cost effective way to navigate around a new city.

Available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Time Out App

Time Out is one of the world’s most famous websites and now the app works as a directory, helping you to decide which attraction you should dedicate your time to. It really helps travellers make the most of their stay in many cities, including London, as it points out places of interest and provides recommendations. You can even book tickets for some attractions directly from the app.

Available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

As you can see, there’s an app available for nearly everything, whether you’re looking for hotel reservation apps, transportation, or places to eat and drink. Once your phone is fully loaded with travel apps to make life easier, it’s time to start exploring!