London life can seem pretty hectic and stressful at times, especially when you first arrive. So Azimo has gathered together a checklist of some of the best apps to help you cope with life in the capital, from sending money home to finding somewhere to stay to finding your way home at the end of the night.
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Global giant Uber offers a ride home at much cheaper prices than hailing a cab on the street and it couldn’t be much simpler – you can book, track and pay via your mobile. Still not cheap enough? Choose the ‘pool’ option and you can save even more on the fare if you’re willing to share your trip with others.
Train tickets can be very expensive in the UK, but this super-smart app lets you save up to 50% on fares if you’re heading out of London. ‘Split ticketing’ means you can split your journey into two tickets instead of buying one ticket for the whole trip. It doesn’t actually mean you have to get off the train, but it does often work out much cheaper than standard tickets.
This smart app lets you plan no-fuss trips across London – whether you’re walking, cycling or using public transport, just plug in your destination and Citymapper does the rest, working out the various options (including ‘rain-free’) and even telling you how many calories you’ll burn along the way.
One of Apple’s Best of 2015 Apps, Dice is the place to head if you’re after gig tickets in London, cutting out the touts and booking fees that can bump up the price of a night out. Dice is 100% mobile and the ticket lives on your phone, so there’s no chance of losing it down the back of the bus seat on the way to the venue.
London is an amazing city, but keeping track of everything good that’s going on is pretty tough. But the Time Out app can show you the best there is, whether you want to go to the movies, see a West End show, catch a gig or go to a gallery. And the capital doesn’t have to cost the earth either – the app lists lots of free things to do.
This app has been designed to help you make the most of London with the motto ‘Do more, spend less’. The day-by-day listings highlight loads of free or low-cost things to do across the capital, from stand-up comedy club nights in Hammersmith to life drawing classes in St John’s Wood.
If you’re a fan of the black stuff, you’ll love this app, described as a digital loyalty card for drinking better coffee. Basically, it shows you where to find the best independent coffee shops around the capital. Then, when you buy a coffee, you scan a QR code to earn loyalty points towards a free coffee.
Sam Smith’s pubs are well known to London’s drinkers as serving up considerably cheaper pints than the average pub in town. So if you fancy going out for a few beers without upsetting your bank balance too much, this app will point you to the door of your nearest Sam Smith’s.
If you’re on the lookout for a flatshare in the capital, SpareRoom is one of the best apps to find available rooms. Search by location and budget, and fix up a viewing once you see somewhere you’re interested in. They even organise Speed Flatmating events so you can meet lots of potential flatmates in one go.
There’s so much to organise in London – work commitments, social life, boring household chores – that you can quickly lose track of what you’re meant to be doing when. The answer? Download the Wunderlist app. You can create and share task lists and check each one off as you go. The ideal solution to the chaos of the capital.
Finding a job in London can be pretty tough, but this app makes the process much easier. You can quickly search for jobs in shops, restaurants and more, apply with a single tap and even message potential employers directly. Even better, Job Today promises a response within 24 hours.
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