As it gets ever closer to my trip to London in November, I’m starting to decide which iPhone apps I plan to take on our trip. This will be my first time to London with an iPhone and I can’t wait to make use of it. The iPhone will be an incredibly useful tool for planning and while I’m on a trip to Britain.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of London iPhone apps, it’s merely a list of the best ones that I could get a demo of. If you’re a London iPhone app developer and your app isn’t on the list, feel free to contact me so I can review it. If an app has a concurrent London iPad version, we’ll provide a separate link.
Without further ado, here is the ultimate list of London iPhone travel applications.
Lonely Planet London City Guide
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 favorite feature is the ability to create a ‘favorites’ list so you can easily access all the things you want to do from one spot.
Pros: Featured packed, slick interface
Cons: No Tube Map
This is a MUST have App for anyone going to London. Spoonfed is a great resource for seeing ‘what’s on’ in London and their innovative app will use your location to show you everything that’s going on around you. This app will be perfect for when I need something to do and have a few hours to kill.
My favorite out of all the other London Tube apps. It provides Beck’s 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 would doesn’t want to look lame always looking at a Tube map.
Pros: Actual Tube Map, landscape mode, GPS, ridiculously cheap
Cons: There Aren’t Any
Love Art: National Gallery iPhone App
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
London City Slicker
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 a good buy.
Pros: Information rich, easy to use
Cons: No way to search the app.
London Mini A-Z
Now, I LOVE this app. It provides the classic London A-Z map in a 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. However, this app will be going on my trip!
Pros: Awesome Map
Cons: Needs more functionality, no landscape mode
This was one of the first London guidebooks to come out on the iPhone. It’s improved quite a bit since the original release. All the information on the app is offline so it’s perfect for traveling. It’s filled with useful information on restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. It also has an excellent London guidebook that gives the rundown on traveling in London. Overall it’s a very nice app and I’m definitely going to use it on my Trip.
Pros: Tons of info
Cons: No Tube Map, needs more maps
Top 10 London
I love the DK books and I use them for all my London planning. So, I was happy to see that they had an iPhone app. It’s a useful little app packed with lots of great information, decent maps and a currency converter. Lots of great info!
Pros: Plenty of Info
Cons: No Tube Map
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 favorite locations so they’re easy to find again. Very useful.
Pros: Lots of Great Info
Cons: No search function
Pretty cool little app that lets you view the traffic cams from all over London. Great for dreaming about London when you’re not there. Great for checking the traffic when you are there. I love pulling this app up and just watching London go by – it’s not quite as good as actually being there, but it’s still a lot of fun none the less. There are other London webcam apps – but this is by far the best one so far.
In case you go to an event where you might need to know it – this apps has the music and words to the UK National Anthem. Very fun app. I can never remember the words to the anthem, so this is a very helpful app.
Must have for any world traveler – this keeps travel 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. Especially useful if your trip includes a destination other than Britain. It’s also good to keep tabs on the strength of the US dollar.
The BA app is a pretty useful tool. It was recently updated and features route information, mobile check-in, account information, latest British Airways news. One of the really cool features is the mobile boarding pass, on some flights you don’t even need to print a boarding pass, you can have the boarding pass right on the iPhone. Very slick and innovative.
London Taxi Fare Calculator
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 it’s 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.
Pros: Very Useful
Cons: Uses Data Network
Time Out London
This is a definite must have app if you’re looking for things to do in London – from theater, movies and concerts – this app has it all and will located things going on near you. Get the most out of your city with the SMIRNOFF & Time Out London app for iPhone – it’s the app Londoners have been waiting for. We’ve put everything that’s great about the capital in one place, with information on gigs, events, bars, restaurants, club nights and film releases. London is full of possibilities – and now you can find them on your phone. Constantly updated with a wealth of events, the SMIRNOFF & Time Out London app for iPhone is easy to browse, and searches can be tailored to your location and tastes.
Pros: Wealth of Information
Cons: Don’t like the design and it’s plastered with liquor adverts
Evening Standard App – London’s Newspaper
The Evening Standard is my favorite paper when I’m in town – it’s London’s local paper and comes out in the evenings 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, England. It is the regional evening paper for London and the southeast of England, with coverage of national and international news as well as topical features.
Pros: Keep up with the latest London News
Cons: Terrible User Interface
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British Film Locations
Find and photograph the most iconic British film locations in cinematic history. This application will not only map out the most famous film scenes around your Google maps location, it will allow you to search by film title so you can discover an entire Great British film tour whether you’re looking for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts or one of the Braveheart battlefields. Each film location is accompanied by a detailed synopsis and description of how to find it.
Pros: Very informative and fun
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What Apps That Will Be on My iPhone?
So, now the big question is, which apps will I take on my iPhone on my trip in November? Here’s a quick list:
Many thanks go out to all the plugin developers who were kind enough to offer demos of their programs so that I could review them.
What’s your favorite London iPhone App?
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