Living in London, we’re constantly reminded of the fact that we live in one of the most diverse, exciting cities in the world.
“There’s always something happening” may be a cliche, but it’s the reality of calling this city home.
But with something always on, whether it’s a new restaurant launch everyone’s been waiting for, the newest Instagram-trend (matcha lattes, anyone?), exhibitions or quirky late-night events, it can be difficult to narrow down the options and find something that, one; you’re actually interested in, and two; is within your budget.
It’s a given you’ve got an Uber account (along with a 5* rating hopefully) and are a well-seasoned Citymapper, so here are 5 unmissable apps for every Londoner: best for finding good watering holes, people with similar interests and deals for any budget.
1. Meet Up
When I moved back from Italy this app was essential. I didn’t want to lose my language skills, and needed to make some Italian friends pretty pronto in order to do that. Think of this app as a doorway to discovering how to do more of what’s most important to you. Whether that’s language exchange, adventure cycling, portrait photography – the list goes on and on.
Meet Up basically connects you with people who like the same things as you do. Ready-made pals. Available on iOs and Android.
Cocktails never have been, and never will be, the cheapest option. They will always be the tastiest. If you’re forever ordering fancy drinks and it’s ruining your bank balance, try Highshot. The app is Europe’s first members-only cocktail community, allowing you to discover new bars, new people and most importantly, new drinks.
With a Highshot membership, you are entitled to one signature cocktail, worth £9.99, on the house every day across a curated list of highly-rated bars, lounges and restaurants in London. So whether you’re discovering a speak-easy out East, or having a boozy brunch on a Thames-side rooftop, the first drink is on the house. The app is free to download and trial, and £9.99 per month after. Available on Android and iOs.
Consider Fever your nightlife wingman. The app supplies you with accurate and endless lists of pop-ups, exclusive events, launches and more going on in your chosen city (also available for those outside of London!), based on your personalised interests. You can also follow friends on the app – making group plans just got that much easier.
Club nights, sporting events, fashion shows, quirky cinema, live music… the list goes on. Buying tickets and RSVPing through the app makes purchasing and booking incredibly simple – so there’s no excuse to stay in. Available on iOs and Android.
Similarly to Fever, Wriggle opens up the floodgates for daily food and drink offers from places near you. Wriggle allows you to buy tickets and special offers directly through the app, making it super secure for your wallet, and super convenient for you – a couple of clicks, show up and enjoy.
It’s the ideal city guide for the thrifty among us. Available on iOs and Android.
5. London Coffee Guide
If you’re indie-label crazy and feel your morning cup of jo’ should reflect this, London Coffee Guide is for you. Supporting local coffee shops is made easy with the app.
From Soho espresso bars to hidden neighbourhood gems, the London Coffee Guide features 185 flourishing cafes – all a part of the specialty coffee culture. Available on iOs.
Which apps do you use most in London?
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