Best London Apps: Five Favourites

Best London Apps - 5 Favourites on Hecticophilia

In today’s blog post I share my favourite apps, the ones that help me make the most of London and that I think you’d love too. I hope some of these will be new to you and that you will enjoy discovering them. Let’s jump right in with…

StreetHub (currently being rebranded as Trouva), an online shopping treasure trove for lovers of independent design. From homewares to fashion, original gifts and everything in between, I love the curated lists of unique items I can collect on my wishlist and receive regularly through their newsletter. I also use the app to discover interesting independent shops around where I work for instance, or when I find myself somewhere with an hour to kill. It’s a lifesaver if you need to grab a unique gift and would like an alternative to John Lewis & co!

My Pick – – > Of Cabbages and Kings, an independent retailer and gallery space in Stoke Newington. Go!

Mie Mani

Wahanda is like that friend you have who is effortlessly more feminine and glamorous than you, but that you don’t feel jealous towards because she knows the best beauty places to get a blow-dry, colour, massage, wax or manicure and she shares them with you. Even better, you can namedrop her and you will get a reduced price on your appointment, which you can snap right there on the app. The feedback system is great too, as everyone is encouraged to leave a review after each visit for a £5 voucher, which is a smart incentive to keep the app updated with recent and honest reviews.

My Pick – – > Mie Mani, a darling and cozy hair and beauty salon in Shoreditch. Go!

Heartbreak Hotel

YPlan is a nifty events calendar which shows you what’s happening in London today, this weekend, or by theme (date night, cool and quirky, big and epic) and enables you to book tickets through the app at a friendlier price. You can tailor the events you browse by genre (Film, Theatre, Music, Performance, Comedy, Culture, Sports, Nightlife) and by price (including some free ones), and at the moment they have a pretty good deal with Vue Cinemas where you can grab tickets for any films in most London Vues for £7 per person.

My Pick – – > Heartbreak Hotel, an immersive theatre experience at The Jetty, in Greenwich. Go!


Zomato is my lifeline when I’m wandering the streets at 9.30pm and looking for a great place to eat, while accommodating Friend A who is a vegetarian, Friend B who is budgeting for a trip to Berlin, and Friend C who made me promise proper cocktails would be involved. You can look up venues by neighbourhood, type of food, price, rating and many other filters, but most importantly you can access the menu right there on the app, and browse through the pictures and short reviews added by fellow users. I swear by Zomato.

My Pick – – > Baoa Taiwanese restaurant serving pillowy soft steamed buns in Soho. Go!

Vivian Maier

Culture Key is a new addition to my favourite apps and it’s not as well designed as its counterparts above, but it has nonetheless won me over because it features handpicked culture gems in London across theatre, exhibitions, performance, talks, and art fairs that are not easy to find otherwise (there’s a deluge of events happening each day and selective coverage by the media after all). This app is something special and it really helps me find interesting things to do weekly, I recommend it!

My Pick – – > Vivian Maier, a photographic exhibition at Beetles + Huxley in Mayfair. Go!

Do you use any of the apps above? What are your favourite London apps?


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Matthew Pike
August 12, 2015

I've still not been to Bao. Is it worth all the queues?

Buckets & Spades

August 12, 2015

Hi Matthew, thank you for commenting and hope you liked the post. I definitely recommend going to Bao, personally I loved the food and it's definitely worth the wait! Jesse.

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