So you’ve just made the big move and are preparing for your fast paced life in the City. Here are a few of our favourite apps to help you settle in and make the most of city life.
Navigating around the city for the first time can be a bit of a challenge. Everywhere seems to be huge and unfamiliar, and just when you’ve got your bearings, you find yourself having to venture to another part of town that you do not recognise. Citymapper is the ultimate app for making sure you gather your bearings. The reason why we love this app is because all you have to do is type in the address of where you are going from and to, and this clever little app will not only tell you how to get there, but will also provide you with a list of different possible routes. There are; bus, tube, cab, walking and rain safe options, and on top of that, it indicates the costs and journey time for each route.
Spotify is fantastic for providing you with music on the go. Wherever you are, whatever your mood, Spotify has got it covered. There are global chart playlists, music by genre or mood, or you simply listen to your favourite artists. If you feel like spicing it up a bit, then you can try tuning in to the “discover weekly” playlist, which is personalised based on the kind of music you listen to. You can also create your own playlists with a compilation of all your favourite songs.
Spotify is a free app, but you can upgrade to a premium account for the added benefit of listening to your music without advert interruption, skipping as many songs as you like, and downloading to listen offline.
There are so many interesting places in London and experiences to discover. DOJO provides you with a range of social activities to enjoy in your spare time, they have everything from secret hideaway speakeasy’s to rooftop drive-in cinemas, eccentric exhibitions and festivals. You can see what’s going on near you or browse specifically for “date night” ideas or roof top venues. What’s great about DOJO is that it shows you all the cool niche places to go, not just the popular tourist places, so you’ll be able to get a real sense of life in London.
This app is similar to DOJO, but it only works in your current location. This app is more for practicality rather than exploring. If you find yourself stranded without cash and need to locate your nearest cash point, AroundMe searches and tells you how far the nearest cash machine is and how to get there. You can also browse for the nearest hospital, post-office, nail salon and much more. This app is a life saver when it comes to getting your bearings!
SignEasy does exactly what it says on the tin… it helps you sign documents easily. There’s nothing more frustrating than needing to sign a form quickly but not being able to print, sign, and scan the document while on the go. With this app, you can sign on the go. Simply open up the document in the app and you can fill in all the info electronically and sign with your finger- absolutely genius! No more worrying about making time to pit-stop by a printer.
Health and fitness is incredibly important and can be hard to maintain for those living a life on the go. MyFitnessPal is a great way to keep tabs on your daily routine and helps to identify where you could be making small changes to improve your lifestyle. You start by filling in your fitness goals, for instance losing 5kg, and it works out how many calories you need to be consuming, per day, in order to reach that. You can keep a food diary on the app and it works out how many calories you’ve consumed whilst providing a nutritional pie chart break down of how much, fats, protein, carbohydrate etc., you’ve consumed. If you are buying food out, and it has a bar-code, you simply scan the bar-code and it copies across all the nutritional information.
7. iTranslate (iPhone) / Microsoft Translator (Android)
Not up to scratch on your Mandarin? Fear not. This app is absolutely genius; it allows you to easily translate to a huge range of languages in real-time. What’s more is that you can even have the app speak out these translations for you; which is great if you’re not quite sure how to pronounce the local lingo. Wherever you are in the world, this app will certainly come in handy.
8. Spendee /Money Dashboard
Undeniably, city living can get incredibly expensive. What with accommodation costs, Uber rides and nights out, it can be quite difficult to keep an eye on how much you are actually spending! With Spendee, you can create a budget and allocate funds to cover all your different expenses. It helps you to see where you could potentially be making savings and whether you can afford a little splurge. This helpful app even gives you a pie chart break down of what proportion of funds are going where.