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London: best smartphone apps for the business traveller

Getting in and around

London’s main international airport, Heathrow, has a reasonably useful app ( | | ) that shows arrivals, departures, interactive terminal maps, the full lowdown on Heathrow’s security situation and some useful “while you’re in the queue” London travel information.

Heading into town on the Heathrow Express train to Paddington? We’ve previously discussed how useful is for checking timetables and buying tickets — and it even works as a ticket, displaying a 2D barcode. ( | | )

Getting around London’s underground Tube network is immensely simplified with the London Tube app. It also shows Tube stations using the geographical maps functionality of the iPhone — so you can figure out if you really want to get on the Tube rather than just walking to where you’re going.

Restaurants, bars and things to do

The London foodie app of choice is Toptable for snagging special deals, figuring out menu information and making bookings easily. ( | )

The quirky Hidden London app has all kinds of things to amuse you if you have some spare time — and all synced with your iPhone’s GPS-enabled maps so you can find something just down the road.

Time Out’s app is just as useful in London as it is elsewhere in the world for finding interesting things to do, from exhibitions and gigs to hidden gems to find a decent lunch when you’re not on the expense account. ( | )

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