41 Best Must Have London Apps- For Tourists & Londoners!

Whether you’re a born and raised Londoner, or you’re a tourist just visiting for the weekend, you’ll need this list of best London apps to help you navigate the city, and perhaps even save some money in the process.

From travel and transport (we’ve got a hot tip that will save you 1/3 off your tube journeys at the weekend!) to entertainment, food, groceries and daily living. You can bet that your life will be made that little bit easier with these apps. Most of the apps are free to use, and so there’s no excuse not to use them.

You might even find that you impress your friends with your new found knowledge! Let’s get into it…

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London Travel Apps

1) Citymapper

Citymapper is a must-have app if you’re a Londoner OR if you travel frequently. It is compatible with citites all over the world, and it’s especially good for anyone who is using public transport in London.

Use the app to find available routes to your destination. Citymapper will show you different route options, how long they take and how much they cost.

If you are in London, you’ll most likely get shown a couple of routes on The Tube, a bus route, walking, cycling, and possibly even a cab. It’ll break down the most cost efficient and time efficent options- all you have to do is pick one!

2) Tube Map

Tube Map does what it says on the tin, and is an app you can use to plan your journeys in London on the London Underground. I really like it because the app allows you to map journeys even when you’re offline. It’s super helpful when you’re already underground and the train decides it’s going to terminate half way through your journey!

When you ARE connected to the internet, it’ll estimate the real time of your journey, how long it will take you to transfer between stations, and also if there are any delays, distruption or strikes on the tube lines.

3) Uber

I’m sure most of you reading this will already have Uber downloaded on your phone, but if you don’t and you’re visiting London, I’d recommend it! Not only is Uber (usually) cheaper than a black cab, your driver will come to you.

That means you don’t have to find a taxi rank or go into a town centre to get a taxi. It’s super convenient, and in London a driver is usually with you within 5 minutes.

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4) Bolt

Bolt is very similar to Uber. As a Londoner, I’ll always check both apps to see which one is cheapest for my journey. You will also find that Bolt frequently offer deals like “20% off your next 5 rides” which make the pricing very competitive when compared to Uber.

From my experience, there’s not always as many drivers listed on Bolt, so you may need to wait for up to 10 minutes for a driver. However, the Bolt app will tell you the wait time before you go ahead with the journey, so you can check this and make a decision beforehand.

Download Bolt using my link to get a discount off your first ride.

5) TFL Oyster and contactless app

This is a true must-have app for London. If you’re living in London or visiting London, always pay with either Oyster or contactless payment when you travel- it saves you SO MUCH money on your journeys.

And if you’re using Oyster or contactless payment, you’ll want to download this free app from TFL. Not only can you top up your Oyster card on the go, but you can also view your travel history, flag any incomplete journeys, and make sure you haven’t been overcharged (it happens more than you think).

Another little known bonus of using an Oyster card, is that you can get a third off, off-peak travel on TFL (including the London Underground) if you have a rail card. All you need to do is ask a station attendant to add your rail card to your Oyster card for you.

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6) London live bus countdown

If you’ve ever taken a London bus before, you know how unreliable the bus times can be! Sometimes you can be left wondering if your bus is ever going to come… especially if there are road works or diversions in place.

Enter London Live Bus Countdown. It’s a free app that allows you to see exactly when your next bus is coming via live data received from Transport For London (TFL). If you ever catch the bus, or plan on taking the bus in the future- you need this app on your phone.

7) Santander Cycles

Previously known as ‘Boris Bikes,’ Santander Cycles are such a fun way to get around in London. You pay just £1.65 for a journey up to 30 minutes, so it’s affordable too.

There are more than 800 docking stations around London- and the free app can tell you where your nearest docking station is with available bikes. Very important to avoid disappointment! There is also a map so that you can plan your journey.

8) Trainline

Trainline is essential for anyone booking trains out of London to different towns and cities across the UK. Not only can you pay for your tickets easily, you can also add your rail card and get the cheapest price (they use SplitSave to get you the cheapest combination of tickets).

The app will also tell you which platform to get your train from. But, for the most accurate information on train platforms, you’ll want to head to realtimetrains.co.uk, a website that forecasts train platforms. It’s invaluable to get ahead of that scramble as soon as the platform is announced!

9) Lime

Have you seen those cool electric scooters in London? They are provided by a company called Lime. It’s easy to use and hire the scooters when you have the Lime app. You can also hire e-bikes, for greener travel around London.

Use the app to discover a nearby ride (Lime isn’t yet available in every London borough, but is very prevalent in Central London), pay, and then unlock the ride!

10) Appyway parking app

Use appyway to find free parking in London. You can use their kerbside maps to help you plan your journey and find free parking spaces.

The parking app can also help you to navigate congestion, and understand any street parking rules, including meters, permits and more.

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Food & Drink Apps In London

11) Dojo

No, Dojo isn’t about local martial arts gyms, it’s actually about restaurants! More specifically, it’s about queuing for those ‘no reservations’ restaurants (which, let’s be honest, is many of the restaurants in Central London).

So how does it work? The Dojo app allows you to join a ‘virtual queue’ once you’re within throwing distance of your chosen restaurant. Instead of queuing in the rain for half an hour (we’ve all done it!) you can instead pop to a nearby pub to wait your turn for a table to become available. It’s definitely one of the best London apps to have in your toolbox whether you’re a tourist or a local.

12) OpenTable

OpenTable is a restaurant reservation service. Often, restaurants will already be partnered with OpenTable on their own websites, so it’s just a matter of inputting your details online to reserve a time.

The app on the other hand, makes reservations even simpler, and it’s the perfect way to search for new restaurants. You can simply search by location, cuisine, and read reviews and menu options.

13) The Pub Finder

Brits love the pub. So if you’re visiting London, you’ll want to experience a couple of them while you’re in the city! And if you’re a Londoner? You can use the app to find the highest rated pubs, with customer reviews and ratings.

The Pub Finder is a free app with over 26,000 pubs listed! It’s so simple to use- the brighter the colour of the pub on a map, the better the rating. You’ll never have to drink in a shoddy pub again.

14) DUSK app

DUSK is a drinks app that allows you to accrue points to redeem against free drinks. All you need to do, is link your card and earn DUSK points every time you spend at your favourite bars.

While using the app, out for the ‘free drink button’ in the bars list or the free drink pin on the map. Once you arrive at the venue, simply tap the free drink button. You must show the bartender the drink confirmation screen in order to claim your drink.

15) Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is an app that is fighting food waste- and it’s particularly popular in London. The app lists foods from eateries- from big supermarkets to local bakeries. You can pick up a bag of food for about £4.

The small downside of Too Good To Go is that you don’t know exactly what you’re getting in each bag. You may end up with lots of sweet treat, but hey, that’s not always a bad thing!

16) Olio

Olio is another app that’s fighting waste. It’s a community app where users can list items, or pick up food or other items from neighbours or stores for free.

Luckily, in London there are plenty of users. That means you should find people in your area with unwanted food, and likewise you can probably find someone to pick up your unwanted food. Perfect if you’re about to go on holiday for a while.

17) Uber Eats

We already mentioned Uber on this list, but Uber Eats also deserves a mention as a food delivery app. Once you download Uber, you’ll have access to Uber Eats too.

You can order from restaurants and takeaways all over London with Uber Eats, and you can even get shopping delivered from the supermarket too. Perfect for those days when you just can’t get to the supermarket!

18) Deliveroo

Deliveroo is another food delivery app where you can order food from all over the city (within reason). You’ll have access to a ton of restaurants and fast food outlets in your local area, and a few neighbourhoods over too.

Like Uber Eats, Deliveroo also gives you the option to order grocery shopping from local stores. It’s great if you don’t want to walk in the rain, or it’s late at night.

London Money Apps

19) Splittr

Splittr is an incredible app for anyone who often dines out with groups of friends, or anyone who lives in a house share. It’s even great if you want to split costs with your partner, or on a group holiday.

The idea behind Splittr, is that it makes it easy to split a bill or a cost. You’ll never need to chase anyone for payment again! Simply add expenses as you go and Splittr will tell you who is next to pay and who owes whom how much.

All currencies are supported on the app, and best of all, it’s free to use!

20) Snoop

If you’re living in London, you’ll most likely need to be abreast of your money management due to the high cost of living in the city. One way to easily keep on top of that? An automated app.

I love using Snoop as a money management and budgeting tool. It’s free to use, and you can view all of your accounts in one place, and track your spending accordingly. In my opinion, it’s one of the very best London apps for Londoners on a budget (or anyone on a budget, to be honest!)

Snoop tracks all your spending for you, and allocates everything into categories. It means that you can take a pretty laid back approach to tracking spending, while still getting the data you need to stay on top of your money.

21) Apple Pay

If you’re an iPhone user, you need to set up Apple Pay. Not only does it mean you can easily tap into The Tube using your phone, you can also pay for most things from your phone.

There is a problem with pickpockets in Central London, and so if you can, it’s always good to have a back up plan for making payments if your wallet gets stolen.

22) Wise

Wise, formerly known as TransferWise, is a fantastic way to transfer and exchange money internationally. It’s super easy to do via the app, and you save a heck of a lot on feeds when sending money abroad.

If you’ve moved to London from abroad and you want to send money back home? You need to download Wise asap. Trust me, you will love it.

23) Monzo

Now, Monzo isn’t necessarily a total must have app as a Londoner. It does come with a little consideration because Monzo is an actual bank account.

However, there are SO many people in London who bank with Monzo, and therefore, whenever you are out with friends, one person will usually ask “can I Monzo you the money?” This is because Monzo make it super easy to send money to friends, just by using their phone number.

Monzo also has some great budgeting features like saving pots, and automatic expense tracking, so it’s worth checking out if you think you could benefit.

24) Topcashback

Topcashback is an app (and website) that you can use to get cashback on your everyday purchases. It works on the basis that whenever you click through to a retailer website via Topcashback, the retailer will pay Topcashback a small commission (also known as an affiliate payment) for referring you to their website. Topcashback will keep some of that commission for themselves, and then pass on the rest to you.

I use the app for absolutely everything that I buy online. I have received hundreds of pounds back in cashback over the years, and it’s totally worth using to get some extra money while living in London.

25) Jam Doughnut

Jam Doughnut is another excellent way to get cashback on your everyday spending. The basis of the app is that you buy a voucher first to cover the amount of your spending. For example, you buy a voucher worth £100.

You’ll then receive cashback on your shop which is instantly added to your wallet on the app. For example, when you shop at Tesco, you can receive 3.5% cashback currently. If your grocery shop costs £100 per week, you’ll get back £3.50 per week, or £14 over 4 weeks. Over the course of a year that’s £182!

 📱 Download the app for free and use my code YVVR to get a £4 bonus when you use the app for the first time

26) Airtime Rewards

Yet another way to get cashback! Use Airtime Rewards to get cashback on your purchases and offset this against your phone bill. You can receive cashback from retailers such as Boots, Wilkos, Waitrose, Matalan and many more.

You can connect your debit card to the Airtime Rewards app, and instantly receive cashback. There’s no need to complete your purchase within the app itself. Use my referral code 9F333XJG, to get 50p to get started.

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Apps for groceries in London

27) Tesco

Sign up for a Tesco Clubcard and manage your account through the Tesco app. If you regularly shop at Tesco, this is an absolute must due to the prevelance of Clubcard Prices where you can often make big savings on your groceries.

You’ll also accrue Clubcard Points which you can then redeem against your shopping or other experiences or purchases.

28) Co-op

If you live near a Co-op store in London, you need the Co-op app. Each week you will get a choice of two vouchers which you can redeem in store.

Often, these are vouchers like ’50p off Nestle chocolate’ or ’50p of bakery items’ which goes a long way for a little treat once a week! The best way to use these vouchers? Use them against a ‘yellow sticker’ reduced item to get the most out of your voucher.

29) Waitrose

Similarly to the Co-op, Waitrose Card members can select two vouchers per week from the Waitrose app to redeem against their shopping.

Annoyingly, these vouchers are usually on specific items, so you don’t get the same choice that you do when you shop at the Co-op.

However, the vouchers are usually based on what you’ve previously bought. So, you might find these useful. Plus, you can get free coffee with a purchase, and a free magazine as a Waitrose member.

30) Shopmium

Shopmium is a free and fun app that you can use to to pick up free food items from supermarkets. The reason the items are available is usually due to a new product launch.

As well as freebies, you can also get significantly reduced food items from the app. All you need to do is scan your receipt to be credited with the difference! Use my referral code TU4U38 to get a free bag of Cadbury’s chocolate buttons when you sign up and can your receipt.

31) Chop Chop

Chop Chop is a fantastic food delivery app from Sainsbury’s. You can do a small Sainsbury’s shop from within the app, and an hour later have the food delivered to your door!

The prices are a little more expensive than the in-store prices, but this is super handy if you’re not able to get out of the house to do a food shop for whatever reason.

And if you regularly shop at Sainsbury’s? Make sure that you register for a Nectar Card to access Nectar Prices and scoop up those savings!

32) Gopuff

Gopuff was founded in America, but it’s made its way across the pond to London. With Gopuff you can get food, drink, and everyday items delivered to your door in 30 minutes.

It’s another app to have in your phone for those moments when you just can’t leave the house! Whether it’s late at night, you have a baby, or you are feeling under the weather.



Event and ticket apps for London

33) Tiqets App

Tiqets is a free app that links to hundreds of different attractions and events in the city, all in one place! You can use the app offline to view your tickets, so you don’t need to be connected to the internet to get your ticket scanned (a bonus if you’re travelling to London from abroad!)

You can also access guides within the app, as well as reviews from other visitors.

34) Fever

Fever puts the coolest events and experiences (ever heard of those Candlelight Concerts?) in London at your fingertips. Use their app to search for upcoming events and book tickets (some events of which are exclusive to Fever).

On the app you’ll also find a map showing the locations of all of the events, reviews and user recommendations, and even have access to Fever Club. Fever Club is a reward system on all ticket purchases.

35) TodayTix

Use the TodayTix app to access the best prices and availability for London performances such as West End shows, opera and dance. You can filter your search based on genre, price and date. Checkout is quick, and your tickets are easily accessed digitally. It’s definitely one of the best London apps for theatre buffs.

When you download the TodayTix app, you also get access to ticket lotteries for West End theatre tickets. Use the Lottery and Rush filters to find the lotteries in London. If selected, you’ll be notified by the app and by email, and you’ll have 30 minutes to claim your tickets.

36) Seatplan

SeatPlan is app that you can use to see the ‘real life’ view from seats before you book tickets to a production. For example, if the only seats left say ‘restricted view’ you can find out just how good or bad the view is, instead of taking a chance on the booking.

You can also use the app to build up points to redeem against theatre tickets. If you’re a big theatre fan, you can upload photos of the view from your seat, and build up points. Build up enough points, and you could score a free theatre ticket!

37) Eventbrite

I love using Eventbrite to discover new and interesting events, talks, and shows across London. You’ll find niche performances, classes, and even some free stuff too.

Use the Eventbrite app to browse events based on location, price, and date. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll be able to find an event for everything. From free dance classes, to pottery schools.

Helpful apps for London

38) AccessAble app

AccessAble is your accessibility guide, that you can use in London. The app includes 75,000 Detailed Access Guides that tell you all about a venue’s access. They are 100% facts, figures and photographs.

The information is trustworthy, and even includes photos and measurements, so that you can be prepared with the knowledge you need before you start your journey.

39) Toilets4London

Toilets4London is revolutionising toilet access in the city. No more buying things in cafes or bars just so that you can use their loos! The app is best way to find publicly accessible toilets in London.

And it’s not just any toilet-finding app. Toilets4London work closely with local authorities, community groups and local businesses to encourage more clean and open toilets in London.

40) Refill App

The refill app isn’t just a water app (although it is very handy to show you where you can refill your water bottle in the city!) It also shows you a variety of places to reduce, reuse and refill.  The app lists over 300,000 refill stations- offering refills for water, coffee, food containers and plastic-free shopping.

If you’re on a mission to reduce waste and your impact on the environment, this is a helpful London app for you to have in your back pocket.

41) Met Office Weather

If you’re a Brit, or you know a Brit, you’ll know that we love talking about the weather. Namely, whether it’s going to rain or not.

The weather can be very changeable in London, so it’s a good idea to download the Met Office Weather app so that you are always prepared with an umbrella if needed. Alternatively, sometimes it will be cold in the morning and you’ll need sunscreen by noon. It’s a lottery! Which is why making good use of a weather app will stand you in good stead in the city.

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