Living in King's Cross: Family friendly in the heart of London
Aug 15, 2018
We know how stressful moving to a new place can be. From learning city’s topography to discovering new customs and unwritten rules people follow… It may feel overwhelming at times but fear not – we’ve got a list of apps that will make your life in London easier and settling in smoother.
CityMapper is undoubtedly an essential app and you will probably carry on using it throughout your stay in London. It allows you to compare routes and all of your transport options in real time – not only does it find the most convenient way for you to get places, but it will also let you know about any disruptions. It’s integrated with all the public transport providers, as well as Santander Cycles and Uber.
Bonus: you can use it in most European cities, Asia, Australia, USA and Latin America.
One of the first things you will realise upon your arrival in London is how tricky it can be to find a free cash machine (or any cash machine at times!). You will most likely not have a British account when you arrive, so you may struggle even more, especially if you are an American Express cardholder. Luckily, with Cash Now, finding a cash machine will be so much easier– you can set the search so that it only displays ATMs that will accept your card. Cash Now will even show you Bitcoin ATMs!
There is no better app if you want to dine out. OpenTable not only lets you book a table in your restaurant of choice, but also acts as a guide to the local food scene. You can filter your searches in a few ways – to see eateries near you, the best places for particular meals, cuisines, price ranges and special features (e.g. outdoor sitting). Plus, you can look up any practical information about the restaurant, such as payment options. So hassle-free!
Getting used to a new currency takes a while and may be a real pain, especially when you try to do your shopping and can’t work out whether prices are reasonable or not. XE Currency will be a very useful tool in the first weeks of your stay in London and is likely to save you plenty of money. It shows you live exchange rates and it stores the most recent rates so that you can check them offline (a very useful feature since the signal in London can be quite weak).
Moving to a new city is hectic and finding time to work out can be challenging – why not make the most of your commute to work and cycle instead of taking the tube. Since storing a bike safely could be an issue in London, the city offers public bikes you can use from £2 a day or £90 a year (bargain!). The Santander Cycles app offers information on docking stations, bike availability and an interactive map.
All of these apps are free and available in App Store and Google Play.
Are there any other apps you can’t live without in London? Let us know!