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Ah London. The bright lights, the buzz… the chaos, the confusion. Visiting a big city like London for the first time can be seriously daunting, and channelling all your energy into not getting lost can be seriously tiring!

But don’t worry, as the expression goes ‘there’s an app for that’. Dozens in fact. But which are the most useful? Here’s our pick of the most valuable apps for city goers.

1. Hailo

In cities like London hailing a cab in rush hour can be a nightmare, but not once you’ve said hello to Hailo, the phone app developed by cabbies. Hailo locates and hails your closest black cab, gives you an ETA and sends you the cabs registration/driver’s mobile number. You can even add your credit card details to the app, making paying and tipping easy as pie.

Free download for iPhone and Android
Website: hailocab.com

2. Triposo

If conventional maps tend to get chucked out the window/used to beat your partner with, and you hate asking for directions, this is the travel app for you. International information can quickly become outdated on some travel apps but Triposo continually accesses wikitravel and openstreetmap to provide accurate information on over 8,000 destinations. You don’t need to be connected to the net to check out the guide and the app has a host of other handy features, including a phrase book and currency converter. And to make life even easier Triposo also offers suggested activities based on the day, location and weather.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: triposo.com

3. Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon is a free app foodies will love! By scanning your location Urbanspoon can provide you with directions to the closest bars, restaurants, pie and mash parlours, cafes and food markets. It also allows you to narrow your search using fields like rating, type and price. Great for eating out in London and other major UK cities.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: urbanspoon.com

4. National Trust

The National Trust protects literally hundreds of beautiful and historically significant sites all across the country, including dozens in London and the South East. This app allows you to search for local National Trust sites and provides you with information regarding opening times, ticket price and activities on offer.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

5. TubeExits

Hard core Londoners can bounce from tube to tube without thinking, but it can be super confusing for those unfamiliar with the network. If you just can’t make sense of the heaps of squiggly, coloured route lines download TubeExits. Type your destination into this app (which works offline too) and it will tell you the best place to board and exit. It might cost the price of a Mars bar but it’s worth it!

Costs £0.69, only for iPhone
Website: tubeexits.co.uk

6. UK Bus checker

If you’re sick of waiting for a bus (only to have two come along at once) download this app! It has access to real-time information for over 300,000 bus stops in 35 UK cities and can provide you with route maps as well as alert you when the bus is close to your destination.

Costs £2.49, for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: buschecker.com

7. HotelTonight

If you aren’t one for advanced plans and you live for a bargain download this app! Once a day, Hotel Tonight releases three great deals from swanky hotels in London, Canada and the US with discounts of as much as 70% off. Booking is a simple three tap process.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: hoteltonight.com

8. TripIt

Triplt is the app for people who like things organised but hate having piles of paper squashed at the bottom of their bag. Simply email your travel and accommodation details to Triplt and it’ll save your itinerary in an easily accessible and scan-able format on your phone!

Free download for iPhone and iPad
Website: tripit.com

9. Rough Guide Trip Lens

If you love showing people what a fabulous time you’re having you need this app in your life. With Rough Guide Trip Lens you can turn your phone into a travel journal, using photos, maps and text to record a seamless narrative of your journey/exploits.

Free download for iPhone and iPad
Website: roughguides.com

10. Yelp

This database of reviews won’t just help you find a great nightclub, it can help you avoid the dodgy ones too! Essentials like launderettes are also reviewed.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: yelp.com

11. Doctoralia

You’re in an area you don’t know. You’re clumsy. You’re accident prone. You need Doctoralia. This app will search for health centres/professionals and give you the best results based on city and post code.

Free download for iPhone and iPad
Website: doctoralia.com

12. Google Translate

In a multicultural metropolis like London this app, which is capable of translating between 64 languages, can come in handy. It might not always get the translation 100% right (you could end up buying an elephant instead of an apple, for example) but it’s by far the most wide-ranging translation app available.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: google.com/mobile/translate

13. XE Currency

If you aren’t used to dealing with British Pounds you may find this app useful. With XE Currency you can check out live currency rates and use the inbuilt calculator to work out what things cost in your own currency, as well as work out what kind of deal you’re getting on your exchange.

Free download for iPhone, iPad and Android
Website: xe.xom

14. Sit or Squat

Not the most pleasant of apps to end on perhaps but definitely one of the more useful. We’ve all been there – you’re out and about, having a wonderful time and then… you need to pee. This app can show you where your nearest public loo is and tell you whether it’s free or not. Its database lists over 65,000 toilets so it’s bound to find a loo near you!

Free download for iPhone, iPod and Android
Website: sitorsquat.com

This guest post was supplied by The Expat Hub – the home of expat advice and information.

Image of London by tnimalan

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