Best London apps

Use our list of the best London apps to discover hidden stories, London landmarks new and old, and free events throughout the capital.

Using your smartphone in London may incur data charges, so check your data allowance with your phone provider. You can cut costs by downloading any apps before you travel, and by using London's many wi-fi hotspots when you are out and about.

Alternatively, why not download our free London maps and guides in advance.

1. Visit London app - official city guide and offline maps

This official London city app helps you to make the most of your time in London while on the move. Features include offline maps, hand-picked lists of the best things to see and do, hidden gems and area guides, great deals and offers, and directions to help you navigate the city. Available on iPhone and Android
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2. TfL Oyster app

TfL Oyster app

Download the TfL Oyster app on your smartphone to top up your pay as you go credit, buy adult-rate travelcards and check your balance. You can also view your journey history and enable notifications when your balance falls below £10.

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3. Citymapper London app

The Citymapper app simplifies public transport in London by providing up-to-the-minute information and multiple route options. Features include disruptions, offline maps, prices, taxi fares and even calorie burn counts!

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4. Santander Cycles app

Explore London with Santander Cycles' free app - also on Android - showing you bike availability and routes to the nearest docking station. Receive a bike release code to your phone and hire a cycle without using the docking station terminal.

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5. Regent Street app

The Regent Street app helps to personalise your shopping experience by getting to know your interests. Get secret invitations from stores such as Liberty and the Apple Store, as well as information on events and promotions.

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6. Riverside London app

From Lambeth Bridge to Tower Bridge, explore the cultural heart of London with the help of this free app for iPhone and Android. Includes event and restaurant listings and info on the best landmarks and attractions.

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7. Natural History Museum app

Use the Natural History Museum visitor app to navigate to hidden treasures and popular highlights, such as the famous Dinosaurs gallery, special exhibitions and the Cocoon experience. The app is updated regularly with details of events and exhibitions to help you make the most of your visit.

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8. Visit Stratford London app

Stratford has become one of London's most exciting new destinations since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Use this app to discover shops, bars, restaurants and events, and send a digital postcard!

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9. MBNA Thames Clippers app

Download Thames Clippers Tickets app and purchase river travel wherever you are; no queuing or printing before you travel. Activate your ticket as you board and show it to the crew. You can also check live departure times.

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10. Raise Tower Bridge app

Download this free Tower Bridge augmented reality app, and take your smartphone up to the Walkways to see the bridge being raised in a 360-degree panoramic video. This app is also available for Android devices.

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