So, my newbies, I’m here to let you in on a little secret. Almost like a responsible and life-shapingly helpful Gossip girl, if you will. I want to tell you about some of my most-used go to apps for navigating London that will make getting around the big city that much easier.
First things first: Citymapper
This is far and away THE most useful app on my phone. I think my (much wiser than me) flatmate shed some light on it for me and since then, I rarely make a journey without it. You can put it any destination (or thereabouts) and it’ll give you the best journey route to take with different options for transport modes, prices and time it’ll take you. Also, it gives you real-time updates on traffic, tube delays, journey alternations or anything else that might impede your adventure. Even better, you can save locations such as ‘work’ or ‘home’ to get you to your favourite place in an instant. Don’t waste time checking the TFL website, for real, download this app. You’ll be the savvy Londoner with a nose for the shortcuts in no time. Thank me later.
This one kinda goes without saying but is genuinely a bit of a lifesaver. Whether you’re weighed down with nine hundred textbooks, had one-too-many to face the walk home or the heavens decide to open the second you leave the library, Uber is a pretty reliable and inexpensive way to get you from A to B. When you sign up you also get a discount on your first ride, and from then on you get your own code to share with pals for redeemable discounts. More friends = more discounts. Particularly useful when you’d rather curl up in the corner of Drapers than face getting home after a heavy Hail Mary. No judgement here.
Thirdly: Santander Cycles
This little gem is to make your life easier when hiring a Boris bike (Santander cycle). Whether I’m recommending this for practicality or that it’s just a really good laugh, you don’t need to know. All that’s important is how unendingly useful it is. It’ll show you all your nearest bike docks, how many available bikes there are or how many spaces there are free for you to dock your bike. It also lets you make an account and hire through the app in seconds (the machines can be a wee bit slow). What you do with your fresh new ride is up to you. These bikes are spectacularly good for exploring the city or whizzing to work on the daily. A personal recommendation; grab some pals and cycle round our very lovely and very local Victoria Park. Also a friendly note; cycling along Regent’s Canal is for the foolhardy or the brave. I’ve had too many close encounters with that delicious swamp water to be able to wholly recommend bombing down it on two wheels!
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