London in Your Pocket: Must-Have Apps For Travellers
Already a bustling megalopolis with endless cultural, social and leisure attractions, London’s reputation is sure to peak when it hosts the 2012 Olympic Games. Besides thousands of athletes and delegates from participating nations, London will welcome millions of visitors and tourists. In its quest to play the role of the perfect host, London has spared no expense in directing visitors to their preferred destination—whether it’s the Olympic Park for the 100m final, or Oxford Street for the fashion labels. However, our pick of the best apps for
the city will certainly dial up your luxury quotient if you’re there!
London On A Plate, available for iPhone, USD 1.99
Finding a great place to eat in a big city isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to a city like London, which is crowded with seemingly fantastic options. Thankfully, help is at hand and from professionals at that. Sort through the best with London On A Plate, a unique gastronomic map of London, curated by celebrated chefs, London’s poshest diners and food experts, and author/journalist, Charmain Ponnuthurai. This luxury guide to the capital’s best cuisine includes intro-ductions to restaurants, bars, boutique shops and artisan markets, written by connoisseur journalists. London’s top chefs such as John Torode, Fergus Henderson, Anna Hansen and Peter Gordon pitch in with original recipes from their cookbooks. It is also a handy place to hunt for unique fashion, furniture and sources for fresh produce in the city. The built-in GPS makes hunting down the hidden gems and the nearest finedining spots a stress-free affair.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts, available for Android and iPhone, free
The Ritz is the byword for luxury in London and has played transitory home to the well-heeled for over a century. Despite staying steadfast to British tradition, the Ritz has found new ways to keep in touch with its clientele. The Ritz-Carlton, the group that manages The Ritz London, has introduced the Ritz-Carlton mobile app, which goes beyond basic reservations and hotel information. GPS technology recognises when you’ve arrived at a Ritz-Carlton and then offers location-specific advice, information and offers. Guests can access information on local culture and traditions, concierge tips as well as the hotel’s art collection. The Ritz’s app delivers special QR codes to guests and access to exclusive offerings, such as digital scavenger hunts for the children, one-off shows and signature cocktail recipes. Even the Group’s President is chuffed and you will find ‘Presidential Tips’ by Herve Humler, President and COO. The personalised recommendations, along with offbeat London tips, make the Ritz experience even more memorable.
(Read more in the July-August 2012 issue of Time 'n Style. On Stands Soon!)
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