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17 Apps That Will Make You Fall Back In Love With London

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1. The London Bookshop Map

This glorious and simple app is your guide to every independent bookshop in the city. Search by area, speciality, or collection to find the perfect spot to cosy up with a good book.

Get it for iOS.

2. Hidden London

Get the full-on secret London experience with the helpful Hidden London app, which highlights underrated and less-crowded attractions, parks, eateries, and more.

Get it for iOS.

3. Geocaching

 

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Join in the Geocaching game and discover hidden treasures throughout London. Like a digital treasure map, Geocaching leads you to tucked away points throughout the city, through back streets and park corners on a mission to discover things that have been left by other adventurers. You’ll never look at London the same way again!

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Purchase the full version for iOS and Android.

4. StrollOn London

 

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Use StrollOn to accompany you on walks throughout London. The app will guide you through the city and give you history and interesting tidbits about every area, so you’re bound to find a lovely spot you’d never noticed before.

Get it for iOS.

5. London Parks and Gardens

 

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Escape to a quite green corner of your own with this useful app. London Parks and Gardens features information and maps for London’s biggest parks as well as directions so secret gardens and courtyards throughout the city.

Get it for iOS and Android.

6. Dojo

 

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This clever app will bend London to your will, and help you keep up with and make use of your area. Dojo put its feelers out into the nightlife and social trends in your area and curates a list of events and places you might be interested in.

Get it for iOS.

7. London Coffee Network

Forget Starbucks, Costa, and Nero – London Coffee Network helps you find cosy, independent coffee shops just off your beaten path. The app functions as a locator and a rewards program – use it to find an artisan coffee shop nearby, then use your app account to collect free coffee points.

Get it for iOS and Android.

8. Feast

 

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To find the cosiest spot for breakfast and brunch, download the Feast app. Featuring the top 50 new restaurants of the year, you can search by cuisine or location, and even make a reservation directly from the app interface.

Get it for iOS.

9. Drink – London’s Hidden Bar Guide

Discover London’s underground bars for a cosy and secret spot to enjoy a drink. The app is simple, featuring pictures and descriptions so you can choose the right dive near you.

Get it for iOS.

10. London Market Guide

 

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The London Market Guide includes details on over 80 markets across the city, so when you’re bored of Borough and Portobello, you can find a cosier, more affordable place to browse close to home.

Get it for iOS.

11. MyTime London

For the latest on popups, streetfood, gigs, art, and events, MyTime is your new best friend. You’ll get the lowdown on upcoming events and popups, plus tips on upcoming trends before the break the mass market.

Get it for iOS.

12. My Real London

This user curated guide system is brilliant for discovering hidden gems and proven experience provided by other Londoners. If you’ve moved to a new area or just visiting, it’s ideal for finding local haunts and favourites and skipping the crowded tourist spots.

Browse guides here.

13. Blue Plaques

 

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You’ve surely seen blue plaques monumenting notable Londoners and events on your way to the shops or work, but following their trail all over the city will give you a unique historical view of the city. This helpful app will help you locate plaques nearby and plan routes through over 1700 plaque sites.

Get it for iOS, or check out the similar Blue Plaques of London for Android.

14. Hype

With Hype, you’re always the first in the know on upcoming events and trendy spots in your area. You can plug your preferences into the app, as well as skim other areas of you’re out for the night, and receive exclusive invites and tips on where to go.

Get it for iOS.

15. New Gourmet London

New Gourmet curates the top 50 start-up restaurants in London every year to keep you hip on fresh eats and tasty new trends.

Get it for iOS.

16. Street Stories

 

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The Guardian’s fascinating Kings Cross Street Stories app guides you through a historical tour of the Kings Cross and Angel areas, including audio and interactive maps.

Get it for iOS and Android.

17. Horrible London

Discover the dark underbelly of London’s creepier side with Horrible London. The app will guide you through London’s most haunted areas and grisliest histories.

Get it for iOS.

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25 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You Move To London

London calling to the faraway towns — it’s really expensive and crowded here.

1. “Commute”

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Used to mean: A journey to work, often driving through quiet roads, or maybe a quick walk through town.Now means: A vicious crusade through an urban hellscape, with detours into subterranean metal canisters stuffed with people and sweat.

2. “Flat-Hunting”

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Used to mean: The process by which you find a new flat.Now means: The process by which you are humiliated, broken, terrified, exploited, and then you find a new flat.

3. “Pop-up”

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Used to mean: A book with lovely 3-D pictures.Now means: A restaurant that is too weird to actually work, so instead is temporarily set up in the local hipster hangout until the novelty value wears off. Often actually an ad.

4. “A quick drink”

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Used to mean: Going for a few drinks.Now means: Going for all the drinks, and waking up with your shoes on, the light on, and a cactus in your bed.

5. “Dinner”

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Used to mean: The meal you carefully prepared in the evening.Now means: Either what you spend too much on after a quick drink late at night, or something jammed together from random foods in the fridge because you can’t be bothered to shop.

6. “Silence”

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Used to mean: No noise.Now means: The sound-sucking vacuum that exists on the tube every morning, despite the presence of hundreds of people. There is nothing quieter. Monks visit it when they need a break from the racket at the monastery.

7. “Tinder”

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Used to mean: Something you might use to make fire.Now means: A handy way to build a comprehensive list of people who don’t want to go out with you.

8. “Summer”

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Used to mean: Long evenings, drinks in the garden, and the smell of fresh, warm grass.Now means: Long evenings, drinks on the street, and the smell of fresh, warm urine.

9. “Bargain”

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Used to mean: £1 a pint.Now means: £4 a pint.

10. “Outside”

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Used to mean: Trees, and grass, and fresh air.Now means: All of the above, but compressed into much smaller, inconvenient areas, filled with people, and the fresh air has been made not fresh.

11. “Cronut”

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Used to mean: Er…what?Now means: A croissant mashed up with a doughnut, which is then licked by God.

12. “Rent”

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Used to mean: The part of your wages that goes on having somewhere nice to live.Now means: The part of your wages that goes on having absolutely anywhere to live, and leaves roughly enough for you to survive on stale bread for a month.

13. “Central”

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Used to mean: The part in the middle.Now means: The part in the middle of the city that will make you hate all people.

14. “Uber”

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Used to mean: A german prefix you could use to add emphasis to a word (though while sounding like a bit of a dick).Now means: A glorious way to get home drunk, which may or may not also be destroying the London taxi industry.

15. “Working late”

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Used to mean: Leaving a bit after 6 p.m.Now means: Leaving a bit after 6 a.m.

16. “Oyster”

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Used to mean: Slightly slimy seafood that’s definitely not an aphrodisiac.Now means: Magic plastic that will take you absolutely anywhere you ever want to go (up to Zone 9.) Kind of an aphrodisiac.

17. “Coffee”

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Used to mean: A pleasant morning drink.Now means: Mandatory life fuel.

18. “Bank”

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Used to mean: The place where you leave your money, and which fills you with dread when you go into it.Now means: The nexus of every single tube in the city, and which fills you with dread when you’re trying to find the right fucking exit.

19. “Met”

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Used to mean: Past tense of ‘meet.’Now means: Rogue bureaucracy in the heart of London, interpreting laws and taking names.

20. “The North”

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Used to mean: Above Sheffield.Now means: Above Zone 2.

21. “Finance”

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Used to mean: What bankers work in.Now means: What wankers work in.

22. “Angel”

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Used to mean: A glorious guardian waiting to take you to heaven.Now means: A less glorious mess of escalators taking you so far down that you actually go slightly past hell.

23. “Writer”

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Used to mean: Writer.Now means: Barman.

24. “Cheap”

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Used to mean: Buying something at a good price.Now means: A hypothetical construct, only referred to using dark, ironic humour.

25. “Leicester Square”

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Used to mean: Exciting hub of the capital.Now means: Where dreams come to die.

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