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Smartphone Apps

A checklist of useful apps for your visit:

Big Tipper

iOS/Android

BigTipper is the fastest, easiest way to calculate restaurant tips, then split the bill among your group-- and save the entire transaction to a History database, and can even email history/expense reports.

ANDROID   IOS   

British Menu

iOS

British Menu helps you practise what you will hear and say. You can listen to audio recordings of useful sentences, phrases and vocabulary. You can read descriptions of typical dishes found on menus in Britain. You can record your own voice, and easily compare your pronunciation with that of a native English speaker.

IOS   

British Slang Converter

iOS

British slang converter/translator. Converts english to/from different types of slang. Type, paste or even speak source text using the microphone on your iPhone. Translate to cockney rhyming slang, mobile-phone TXT, pirate talk or posh upper-class words and phrases.

IOS   

Urban Spoon

iOS/Android

Can't decide where to eat? Urbanspoon can help by enabling you to discover great new places to eat, make a reservation and see what restaurants other people recommend.

ANDROID   IOS   

English Heritage Days Out

iOS/Android

This useful app helps you to find the perfect place to visit in England. Whether you fancy a majestic castle, a beautiful historic house, an English Garden or magical ruin, this handy tool is invaluable for history buffs.

ANDROID   IOS   

Enjoy England

Android

For everything you need to organise the perfect day trip or holiday in England, download the official Enjoy England app. This must-have app has over a thousand fresh ideas and unmissable places to visit in England. From ancient castles in Northumberland to blustery walks along the Cornish coast, this free holiday tool will open your eyes to all England has to offer.

ANDROID   

London Official City Guide

iOS/Android

The free London Official City Guide app is the ideal tool to make the most of London's amazing culture and world-famous attractions. Keep up to date with the best events and places to visit, find out what's free and browse must-see recommendations.

ANDROID   IOS   

National Trust

iOS/Android

Fancy a day out and wondering where to go? Want to visit glorious coastline, wander through wild countryside, relax in exquisite gardens or explore historic houses? Get this excellent app and find a National Trust property to explore in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ANDROID   IOS   

Recce

iOS/Android

A fast, beautiful and fun way to explore London and everything that is going on in your immediate environment. From coffee shops and bars to planning the fastest way around town.

ANDROID   IOS   

UK Museums

Android

UK Museums tells you the location and information of museums in relation to the place where you are now, giving you full directions so you can find the museum quickly and easily.

ANDROID   

Visitr

Web

Built by virtual tourist information centre Visitr, although this isn't an app, it's a great bookmark for your phone which allows you to view everything there is to know about your location. Stuck in the middle of somewhere and don't know what to do? This mobile-friendly app will show you what's around you, where to eat, where to shop, travel options, attractions, nightclubs, car parks, and a whole host of tourist information designed to help you enjoy your trip.

IOS   WEB   

Bus Guru

iOS/Android

Giving visitors to London real-time information about buses. View bus stop information and TfL bus routes on a customised map.

ANDROID   IOS   

Co Pilot

Android

Although quite expensive when compared to other apps in general, this app is much cheaper than forking out for a satnav. Navigate without data roaming anywhere in the UK and Ireland with offline maps, traffic information and much more.

IOS   

CycleStreets UK

Android

CycleStreets UK Map Pack is an offline map for the CycleStreets Journey Planner, covering the whole of the UK and Ireland.

ANDROID   

Flightview

Web

Flightview is a quick and easy way to view departure boards for airports across the world. Just select your airport and track the delays, arrivals, departures and track flights as they make their way through the sky.

IOS   WEB   

Great Britain Map Offline UK

Android

An excellent offline road map, which primarily displays road and transport links, as well as other non-automotive tourist routes, with detailed information for London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and glasgow. Use this app with no fear of data roaming charges.

ANDROID   

Hailo

iOS/Android

London and Dublin's biggest taxi booking app. No more standing in the rain trying to hail a taxi. Let the taxi come to you with this handy app - with the tap of your phone you can get a licenced taxi to your hotel, office or restaurant and watch it arrive in real time!

ANDROID   IOS   

Live Traffic Info

iOS

Check how the traffic is flowing on motorways and major A roads in England with official information live from the UK's Highways Agency National Traffic Control Centre.

IOS   

London Tube Status

iOS/Android

Up-to-the minute service level details for all London Underground tube lines, Docklands Light Railway and Overground trains in London. Line status updates and weekend closures too.

ANDROID   IOS   

M8 Free Satnav

Android

Awarded as a top app by The Independent, this app replaces the traditional satnav that typically costs a small fortune, allowing you to navigate the UK roads free of charge. Live traffic with free traffic updates forever. Bargain!

ANDROID   

PayByPhone Parking

iOS/Android

Pay to park on your mobile phone in over 100 towns and cities in the UK with the free PayByPhone app. It?s the simple, secure and quick way to pay for parking and parking costs are charged to your credit or debit card.

ANDROID   IOS   

The Train Line

iOS/Android

One of the UK's leading independent train ticket retailers, this app by thetrainline.com is an award-winning app, giving you train times and tickets for your journey around the UK.

ANDROID   IOS   

Tickety Split

iOS

Wonderful name for an app that finds hidden train tickets that slash the cost of walk-in train fares. It finds which station to split tickets at to save money on UK train journeys.

IOS   

Train Times UK

Android

An officially approved live train times app for Android, giving you live rail departures and arrivals, allowing you to plan your journey across the UK, with real-time delay and platform information. Also covers the London Underground.

ANDROID   

Tripit

iOS/Android

Tripit enables you to keep track of your trip details, enabling you to save your itineraries in a simple scannable format, including flight, hotel, car rental information.

ANDROID   IOS   

UK Bus Checker

Android

Instant bus times and route maps for every bus stop in the UK, this is the best selling app that works at every one of the UK's 300,000 bus stops to show you when the buses are coming and where they're going.

ANDROID   

UK Postcode Finder

iOS/Android

UK Postcodes Finder has more than 1,850,000 UK postcodes so you can see exactly where a postcode can be found. Handy if you don't know an address or phone number.

ANDROID   IOS   

UK Tide Times

iOS/Android

Track the tide times for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland with this useful app, displaying low and high tides for the day right up to 2015.

ANDROID   IOS   

XE Currency

iOS/Android

Convert every world currency with the XE Currency App, giving you live currency rates, charts and even stores the latest updated rates.

ANDROID   IOS   

Yelp

iOS/Android

Looking for a pizza place open now? A pub nearby? A petrol station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp helps you to search for places to eat, shop, relax and play.

ANDROID   IOS   

BBC Weather

iOS/Android

Another very handy weather app from the BBC, you can always be prepared for any of our unpredictable weather on the go. Simple and clear design for easy access to the most detailed weather forecasts.

ANDROID   IOS   

Met Office

iOS/Android

Probably the best weather app for your phone, the Met Office app gives you accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings in an easy-to-use format. Five day forecasts for over 5,000 UK locations.

ANDROID   IOS   

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