There’s so much going on in London – the problem is unlocking the best of it (and finding your way round it all to boot).



What does it do? Securing reservations at London's most fashionable restaurants usually involves planning weeks or even months in advance.

Not so with Uncover, the app that savvy Londoners are using to clinch same-day bookings at exclusive dining spots including La Gavroche and Gymkhana.Uncover is also beautifully designed, with smooth transitions, seductive photography and features that allow you to search nearby, or by occasion.

Who should use it?Foodies who want to sample the best of London's restaurant scene.

Why I love it:The carefully curated restaurant selection really sets Uncover apart from rival last-minute booking apps.

Thank the app's creators; they forged personal relationships with a handpicked selection of establishments so you’ll never be palmed off with a table at a cheap pizzeria.

Platform and price:iOS, free

Great Little PlaceWhat does it do?

Ditch your guidebook and download Great Little Place to discover secret drinking dens, unusual museums and markets packed with local produce.All listings are submitted by locals who generously point you towards their favorite spots.

Just use the Tinder-style swipe system to turn GLP into your very own little black book packed with the addresses of London's hidden gems.Who should use it?

Explorers and anyone determined to discover the real Londoner's London.

Why I love it:Great Little Place helps you get under the sprawling capital’s tough skin and discover the hidden haunts that people like you love with a passion.

Platform and price:iOS, free

London Official City GuideWhat does it do?

Created by Visit London, this official city guide app will hold your hand through the daunting experience of trying to tick off all the major sights.Offline maps keep you pointed in the right direction even with no data or Wi-Fi – and you can also create custom itineraries to use offline (along with crucial information about each of your waypoints).

City Guide

Helpfully, the app also lists amenities like pharmacies, police stations and currency exchange offices.

Who should use it?First-time visitors to London and sightseeing completists.

Why I love it:It doesn't matter what time of year you visit, there's a distinct possibility that the London weather might not be your friend.

This app helpfully offers suggestions based on the weather to help you dodge the downpours.Platform and price:

iOS, freeYPlan

What does it do?

There's more to going out in London than West End musicals and concerts at the O2.Tap into the city's vibrant events scene with YPlan and you could end up at a food festival, a rooftop cinema or sipping an after-hours prosecco in an aquarium.

Not wild enough for you?Book to see a Red Bull Air Race.

After something more sedate?Attend a talk by the Dalai Lama.

Getting hold of tickets couldn't be easier – find and pay for events through the app and then just flash your phone at the door.Who should use it?