7 essential apps every Londoner needs

Living in London is great, I mean it’s so great I’ve pretty much based an entire blog around it but it has it’s fair share of problems, right?

Still, nothing that an app can’t fix. Here’s a list of apps you might not have heard of to solve all of your London lifestyle problems:

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The app that will protect your belongings
In a bustling city like London, a common concern is how often how to keep electronic belongings safe. Whether we are using citymapper on our phones to direct us across across the city, capturing famous sights on our cameras, or simply relying on our laptops to help us work remotely, Londoners are heavily reliant on electronics. Noone wants to be without these devices and with thousands of mobile phones being stolen every year in London, it’s a good idea to make sure your belongings are protected with insurance. An app that allows you to quickly insure common electronic items is Trov, which offers protection for items such as laptops, mobile phones, and cameras, allowing users to turn insurance on and off with a simple swipe within the app. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download, with price dependent on cover.


The app that will help you reduce food waste
In a city as big as London, an obscene amount of food is needlessly wasted every day. If you want to contribute to solving this food crisis and also fancy some great cheap meals, then make sure you download the app Karma. Recently launched in London, Karma connects users to restaurants with surplus food that can be purchased at a fraction of the cost. Restaurants simply post within the app when they have food available and users receive a notification, letting them know where the restaurant is, and enabling them to pay for the food within the app. Some of the restaurants currently using Karma include Michelin starred Aquavit, Hummus Bros and Aubaine. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download.


The app that will help you relax
While living in London is great fun, it can also be a little overwhelming at times. A great app to help you take time for reflection and self-care is Remente. The Remente app is essentially a life coach that you can keep with you at all times. This clever app combines psychology with brain and mental training, to help users lead a happier life, with fewer stresses. The app also lets you track your mood and provides you with insightful courses on different areas of life such as mindfulness, sleep and stress. Remente aims to provide a happy place that is just at the tip of your fingers, helping you stay calm and relaxed whenever you might need it throughout the day. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download, Premium Membership is also available for a fee.

The app that will help you meet new people
Despite the vast number of people living in the city, it can sometimes feel difficult to make new friends and acquaintances. London is a bustling hub of different cultures and nationalities, so a good way to meet new people outside of your usual social groups is to learn a new language. Babbel is the perfect app if you want to learn a new language quickly and easily. Available in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian, the app will get you talking no matter your level – beginner, moderate or advanced. Not only can you practice your language skills and work on your accent from the first lesson, but the content you learn can easily be applied to real life situations, making it the perfect tool to help you strike up conversation with people of different nationalities living in London. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download, and price to use from £4.75 per month (based on a 12 months subscription).

The app that will help you keep your health on track
Keeping your health on track when living in one of the best foodie capitals of the world is difficult and when you have a hectic lifestyle, which most of us Londoners do, it’s easy to let your health goals slip. If you want to keep better track of your health and diet, then global health app Lifesum is the perfect app to download. In 2015, Lifesum analysed users diets and found that most Londoners lack key nutrients such as vitamin E, zinc and omega-3. Using Lifesum enables you to monitor your diet closely, allowing you to track your calories, log your meals, set yourself goals and even record how much water you drink. Using tech and psychology, Lifesum creates a tailored plan to help users live a happier, more balanced life. With over 25 million users, whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or just be healthier, Lifesum shows how changing your small, everyday habits can transform your life. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download, Premium Membership is also available for a fee.

The app that will protect you from pollution
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One negative side effect of living in London is the poor quality of air. While schemes are underway to tackle this, the levels of pollution in London are still far from ideal. If this is something that concerns you, then a great app to download is the handy pollution monitor, Plume Air Report. Plume Air Report pulls together data on pollution from monitoring stations around the world, in order to give you real-time information on the levels of your pollution in your city as they change throughout the day. With this knowledge, you can decide on the best time to take a walk in the park, or go on a run, based on when the quality of air is least poor. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download.

The app that will give you free drinks
While going out for drinks in London is great fun, it can also make a serious dent in your wallet. We have all had those days where we check our bank balance, only to realise that going out for drinks the night before has left our cash flow seriously depleted. A great app to help you save money when you are out is Drinki, which not only directs you towards some of London’s best drinking holes, but also provides you with exclusive discounts and free drinks! The handy app even features a map of participating bars and nightclubs so that you can focus your night out around great deals and save yourself money. Available on iOS and Android. Free to download.


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