Following the article that I wrote recently for Tom’s other site about London travel apps, I thought I’d zoom in and take a look at some of the more niche London iPhone apps on the market. This post takes a look at apps devoted to street art, coffee and craft beer in the capital. By Matt Lindley
Street Art London (£2.99)
Created by a team that’s passionate about street art, Street Art London gives you profiles of 90 artists along with locations of 280 works around the city. Like usual, it’s easiest to use the map view to guide you to important pieces, and the filters let you quickly search for work by a particular artist or newly painted stuff. Another handy feature is the ability to share the street art you love via Facebook or Twitter.
Pros: a great idea, lovingly executed
Cons: fairly expensive
Craft Beer London (£1.99)
By definition, a craft beer is one produced on a small scale by an independent brewer, so some of the pubs mentioned in Craft Beer London are a bit wide of the mark. But it still succeeds by being the only London pub app that’s guaranteed to point you to somewhere you can get a decent pint rather than to just any old boozer. There are 100+ pubs in total with well-written descriptions of each (the app was curated by Will Hawkes, beer blogger for the Independent). The only confusing thing is that all the pubs included are high quality, so a two-star review actually still means it’s quite good!
Pros: excellent range of pubs
Cons: logos but no photos of pub interiors
London Thru Cafes (£1.49)
One of my favourite things about living in the East End is that there’s a seemingly endless array of great cafes where you can grab a flat white. It’s taken me a while to find some of them, but luckily London Thru Cafes makes this task much easier by condensing them into one app. This husband and wife duo have handpicked 120+ cafes in total, with details like which ones do gluten-free, choice of cakes and wi-fi availability. Actually, the app goes beyond just documenting cafes, also offering info on galleries, restaurants and other stuff to do nearby – but it’s at its best when trying to get you high on caffeine.
Pros: beautiful graphic design
Cons: sparse coverage of some areas e.g. Kensington
Matt Lindley is a blogger and music fan living in East London. He currently writes for HotelClub, a website where you can book affordable London hotels.