Visiting London?

A few things to know before you visit London.

If you want to use the internet on your phone, you have a few options.

1. You can buy an English SIM card. (For phones which use a SIM card and are unlocked)

  • “Pay as you go” (PAYG) SIM cards give you free internet (how much depends on the network) when you top up.
  • Or you can buy a month’s worth of internet without having a contract on PAYG cards.
  • All UK phone networks have PAYG sim cards.

2. Free Wifi is not very common in the UK.

  • Street Wifi in London has to be paid for see cloud.co.uk
  • McDonalds and some cafes offer free wifi – the signal can be poor however.
  • Some hotel’s offer free wifi to their guests – often requiring a code.

3. Tube stations offer free maps. Railway stations offer discounts. See www.tfl.gov.uk before you travel

  • Pocket maps of the tube are easy to find and use, however the centre is not to scale so some tube stations are an easy walk to go from one to another but the map is not clear which.
  • The Tourist Bus Map of London from the tube stations, show how to get around to tourist spots using the normal buses – a lot cheaper than the tour buses.
  • Tube stations all have local maps on the wall and to take away. On the back they show bus services in that area.
  •  Railway stations have leaflets offering discounts to tourist attractions when you have a train ticket.

4. Bus stops have lots of information.

  • Check the very top of the bus stop sign for it’s letter – this will be on maps and will help to locate you to the right bus stop going in the right direction.
  • Bus stops not is use are indicated by a yellow sign at the top of the bus stop sign stating not in use.
  • Bus stops have information about some – but not always all – the buses that stop at that stop.
  • Bus shelters have maps showing local bus routes – there are two maps – one day service and one night, check you are using the right one. Sometimes the other map is on the outside of the shelter.
  • Cash is the most expensive way to travel by bus – try to get a ticket of some sort – Oyster or paper. Tube stations and shops with the Oyster logo sell them.
  • Bus routes which begin with N eg N18 are night buses and are less frequent and sometimes go slightly different routes to day buses.
  • Night buses run all night.
  • You have to have a ticket before you get on “bendy buses” ticket inspectors are not uncommon.

5. Buy Walkin London in the Android Market to get a lot of off-line information about ticket prices, phone numbers, tourist sites nearby and an off-line street map.

Walkin London Version 1.3

Walkin London is now up to version 1.3 and it’s available now in the market.

The changes include:

The map has two additional Icons, these animate the map to your location or your destination, I’ve found this very useful when zoomed in.

The GPS was not always turning on while viewing the map, if it was using Wifi for the first location fix. It now gets a fast lock using Wifi, then switches to GPS, if you have it enabled, to go and get a really accurate location.

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Walkin London 1.2 update

Walkin London has been updated, the new version is now available in the market.

The changes include:

Menus are available in English and Spanish (auto detected from the phone settings).

The map now displays your favourites.
The indicator line between you and the destination is easier to see.

The map and info icons have been improved.
The miss-coloured London Underground Icon (only 1.6 & 2.0) has been fixed.

Tourist Attractions can now be filtered; pressing the menu button displays the pop-up menu.

Navigation now displays walking directions instead of driving directions.

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Walkin London

Walkin London

Get it on Google Play

As the Android Market says this has your answer to the question: “What things should I see near here?”. It includes the top Attractions in London, every London Underground Station and downloadable maps.

Features:

  • Quick link buttons to the nearest tour sites and London Underground station.
  • Add your own locations and mark your favorites to create a personal Itinerary which automatically updates to show you your closest favorite.
  • Lists attractions close to you or your destination with how long it will take you to get there (In walking time).
  • Tap any point to read information on the sight, including other sites nearby and a compass view showing direction, distance and travelling time to reach. Tap the listing of any sight, museum or tourist attraction for more details. The selection of maps which can be downloaded on to your SD card for offline use include central London and Greater London at street view detail.
  • With the maps downloaded, Walkit London is completely self-contained on your phone, so you will not have pricey roaming charges during use overseas if data roaming default is turned off on your device.
  • One click and directions are preloaded into Google Navigator.
  • Help available for almost every screen.