Apps to Plan Your Visit to London For The 2012 Olympics

All eyes will be on London this summer because of the Olympics, and if you’re lucky enough to be going then you want it to be the best trip ever. Apple as put together a list of iPhone and iPad apps to help you have a relax, stress free visit. Regardless of what you might think getting around london can be a daunting task. I know, I live 10 minutes from the olympic park. Even if you’re not a visitor the list of app will also be a great way to learn more about London, for perhaps a future visit. Below is a pick of few of the extensive list.

London Official City Guide: Make the most of London’s unrivalled culture, entertainment, famous locations and this summer like no other, using the free London Official City Guide App. Whether you’re looking for free events, must see happenings or local attractions, you can browse comprehensive London listings. You’ll also receive alerts on special offers, secret events and London announcements. Free: iTunes Link.

London Eye App (Official):Now everyone can reach new heights with the only official app from the London Eye, letting you explore the very best the world’s highest cantilevered observation wheel has to offer. Stunning interactive 360 panoramas from the highest point on the London Eye let you marvel at the views by day and by night. Explore the London Eye through the unique perspectives of a photographer (Henry Stuart) a writer (Geoff Dyer) and an environmentalist (David de Rothchild) in three specially created ‘Voices of London’ audio tours, free for a limited time. Free: iTunes Link.

Kew Gardens: the official app: Discover what’s in bloom at Kew today, find spectacular glasshouses and uncover hidden gems. Whether you’re a regular visitor or on your first trip to Kew, our handy new app will help you explore more of Kew Gardens and dig deeper into our science and horticulture. Free: iTunes Link.

Art Guide: Passionate about art? This free app is the ultimate guide to seeing and experiencing art across the UK. The Art Guide brought to you by the Art Fund helps you discover world-class exhibitions, museums and stunning country homes near you. Free: iTunes Link.

Banksy London Tour: Banksy fans rejoice! Now you can enjoy the Banksy London Tour right on your iDevice. Take in the 51 photos, discover the 26 locations of the surviving London Banksy masterpieces, learn more about the artist and his rats. Click “…More” to learn why you should download this App today! £1.99: iTunes Link.

British Library: Treasures: ‘Treasures’, the British Library’s first app for iPhone and iPad, makes it possible to explore some of the Library’s rarest and most extraordinary written and printed material – from wherever you are in the world. Created in partnership with Toura, the app includes over 100 highlights from our collections, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents – alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through high-resolution images, allowing the viewer to zoom in and explore in extraordinary detail. £2.49: iTunes Link.

Camden Town: Designed as the perfect companion for a trip to Camden Town, this App guides you around the streets to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Featuring YouTube video tours by top celebrities who have a connection with the area, and their own exclusive take on Camden. The App also includes tips, discounts and more to help you explore London’s most vibrant district. Free: iTunes Link.

City Maps 2Go: City Maps 2Go is the #1 App for smart travelers. Maps and content any time, even when off-line. No network or WiFi required. The solution when suffering from bad network coverage, slow connection, limited data volume, or high data roaming cost abroad. £1.49: iTunes Link.

ES:GO London: The ES:GO London app brings the Evening Standard’s premium signature restaurant, bar, club, theatre, arts and entertainment recommendations to the mobile platform in combination with geo-targeted search and real-time booking capability. Offering an optimized user experience, ES:GO London’s search function is powered by Google maps and plots selected venues near to the user’s current location or destination. Entertainment content includes Evening Standard reviews, comprehensive event and venue listings and user-generated ratings. Free: iTunes Link.

James May’s Science Stories: James May Science Stories is the highly innovative new way to bring science to life! A partnership between the Science Museum in London, and world renowned television presenter James May, whether you are in the Museum itself or at home anywhere in the world, make learning fun and informative! The App uses the wonders of “augmented reality”, as James gives you an overview is his own inimitable style on nine fascinating exhibits from the Museum’s “Making of the Modern World” gallery. £1.99: iTunes Link.

SecretLondon: WHAT IS IT? – A uniquely collaborative app designed to help Londoners discover and share interesting places and new and exciting things to do. HOW DOES IT WORK? – You can browse a map or list of secret places, together with information and pictures of them, at your leisure. Secondly, you can turn on the unique location awareness feature which will alert you whenever you happen to be near one of these cool places. You can turn alerts on/off for each individual place. £0.69: iTunes Link.

London City Travel Guide – GuidePal: At GuidePal we’re passionate about travel, and we believe that the only way to truly see and experience a city is to do it like a local. We grew tired of out-of-date, dull travel guides compiled by writers with no real experiences in the city and launched a mission to provide completely unbiased, constantly updated city guides, all crafted by people actually living in the city. Free: iTunes Link.

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Fan App is the easiest way to follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Now you have access to the London Philharmonic Orchestra at anytime, anywhere. This is a free application.
Home page shows the next concert and the most recent music, podcasts, news and blogs. Free: iTunes Link.

London Travel Guide – Lonely Planet: This fully updated and redesigned app is the ultimate guide to exploring London, capturing all the excitement of Summer 2012 and more. Get the insider knowledge and recommendations of 5 expert Lonely Planet authors, combined with detailed maps and GPS – all of which work with no internet connection or data roaming fees. £3.99. iTunes Link.

London: Wallpaper City Guide: Fast-track guides for the smart traveller. Compiled by Wallpaper* magazine’s travel experts, Wallpaper* City Guides provide an insider’s checklist of the best a city has to offer. Each guide presents iconic architecture, the best restaurants, hippest bars and luxury hotels, as well as the most enticing galleries, shops and spas — perfect for business and design-savvy travellers. £1.99. iTunes Link.

King’s Cross, London – Streetsories: The lite version has 10 stories and can be downloaded anywhere with 3G or WiFi. If you have WiFi and want more audio, search for the free Streetstories Extra app. King’s Cross Streetstories is an immersive audio walking guide with a difference. As you walk through the streets of King’s Cross, London, the app will automatically activate stories relevant to your GPS location. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a local resident, walk with fresh ears and eyes as you hear tales – old and new – from this part of London. Free. iTunes Link.

Museum of London: Streetmuseum: Streetmuseum gives you a unique perspective of old and new London whether you’re discovering the capital for the first time or revisiting favourite haunts. Hundreds of images from the Museum of London’s extensive collections showcase both everyday and momentous occasions in London’s history, from the Great Fire of 1666 to the swinging sixties. Free: iTunes Link.

Streetmuseum: Londinium: Following on from the success of our Streetmuseum™ app, the Museum of London has joined forces with TV channel HISTORY™ to develop an advanced version for Roman London, with new and improved functionality. The new app directs users to locations from Roman London where you can ‘excavate’ finds, using your fingers to dig and gradually reveal ancient artefacts where they were originally found. iPhone users can remove dirt by blowing into their microphone. Free: iTunes Link.

Streetmuseum: Dickens’ Dark London: Dickens: Dark London by the Museum of London takes users on a journey through the darker side of Charles Dickens’ London in a unique series of interactive graphic novels narrated by Tinker Tailor Solder Spy actor Mark Strong. Beautifully imagined by renowned illustrator David Foldvari, this graphic novel app follows Dickens on his night walks of London – the city he called his ‘magic lantern’ and his muse. As an insomniac, Dickens roamed the city streets gathering inspiration from the people and places he observed. Free: iTunes Link.

Time Travel eXplorer – London: Time Travel eXplorer – London lets you explore historical London as it was in the past: This version contains the mapping engine, the central area of London from Stamford’s 1862 map and a modern map of the same area. It also contains over 750 points of interest, 150 audio guides and over 1500 old and new pictures. The remainder of the 1862 map and additional historic maps from 1830, 1799 and 1746 are available as separate purchases. £1.99: iTunes Link.

Hackney Hear: London Fields: Triggering audio via GPS-location, Hackney Hear provides an innovative way to explore and rediscover London Fields through the stories of residents, local celebrities and archive, along with new commissions from award-winning artists in the area. Free: iTunes Link.

The full list can be found HERE. Make sure to take a look.