9 apps you need when moving to London
Time poor already? Welcome to the pace of London! From booking a taxi, to organising a flat to rent, or even trying to sort out a meal with friends; time disappears in the fast pace of London… Here is a rundown of the 10 must-have apps you need to download when first moving to London.
Getting a taxi in London is a pain, just like any other major city but it’s nice to arrive on time and in style. Uber is the first choice to make sure this happens in London - make sure you make a good first impression. Most of the Uber Exec cars are E class Mercedes or BMW 5 series, and have phone chargers - so if you hotspot your phone you can even get some work done between meetings. If you’re running late or in a rush a black cab can always be handy as they can use bus lanes, so it may also be worth having Halo installed on your phone to save hailing a cab from the pavement.
We would say this is a must have app but it really is... getting a place in London to call home can be really time consuming. Movebubble is the renter’s choice to finding a new home in London - renter’s helping renter’s to make finding that place much easier. You can book viewings in two taps and browse through a curated shortlist of the best properties to rent. Your viewing schedule is managed so it feels like you have someone else handling your move for you. Let’s face it most of us are too busy to organise a new home but want to live in the best area and find a beautiful flat.
It’s so dangerous having this app on your phone… Been working late and forgot to eat? You can order meals from your favourite restaurants, and it’s delivered straight to your desk or home super quickly. From Byron Burger to Yo-Sushi this app just makes life so much easier! No need to cook at home again and it keeps your hunger at bay while you focus on getting that last minute deal done.
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If you are single this is a must have app in London! If you want to meet new people, don’t waste time swiping left and right, make sure you are part of the ‘Inner Circle’ and meet like-minded professionals! They make sure all members are hand-picked so you get to meet really interesting people. You can also get invited to exclusive events and parties :-)
Okay, so strictly not an app but I thought it should be added to the list otherwise you are going to end up like Steve Jobs in a empty Mansion! Once you find that amazing warehouse conversion or stunning Georgian pad, it’s time to make it yours. Make sure the interior is just as great and kit out the rest of the place with cool furniture or fab fittings! Made have a great selection of designer furniture at reduced prices as they have no physical stores and will deliver it direct to your door!
Public transport is never that much fun, but hey, Citymapper makes it a little bit more bearable! Another great London start-up success - which only adds to the appeal. London by Londoners with helpful tips (like which tube carriage to get on to avoid having to walk all the way down the platform) that even most locals don’t know. Definitely much more fun (and accurate!) than Google maps.
Sometimes the pressure of where to go and what to do gets a bit much doesn’t it? We’ve all been there. Think of Dojo as your guide to the best bits of London. Using your location, Dojo will keep you posted on what’s on around you, from restaurants and bars, to vintage stores, to swing dance festivals. They even cover pop-up events and stores. Search by categories based on activity and even occasion - it’s super easy to use and updated regularly, a definite must have – even for native Londoners!
It can be really difficult to get into THAT exclusive restaurant, or sometimes it’s just too much hassle call up and book! Opentable will help you find and reserve a table from over 1,000 restaurants across London. So whether it’s dinner for two at Sushi Samba or a party of 12 at Berners that you’re after, it's well worth having opentable on your phone!
Step out of the hustle and bustle for 10 minutes of personal tranquility. Headspace provides you with a moment of calm in a city that never stops through mindful meditation. Meditation designed to fit around the modern lifestyle, each session is just 10 minutes and helps you to relax, unwind, and focus your mind. Incredibly simple to use, and to add to the stress relief, you can listen to it whenever, and wherever you like. A great, and much more beneficial way to pass the commute!