useful websites for living in London

Must Know Websites for London and the UK

This is our easy to use list of the must know websites for living in London and the United Kingdom. The websites that qualify for this page have qualified for it because they are either needed in your life here, will save you money or are just very good sites to help you in day to day life. Simply scroll down to the relevant category to find the relevant websites.  


Uk government websites Government Authority Websites

Here is a list of the important government websites: National Insurance NumberHM Revenue and CustomsDriver Vehicle LicencesBritish Visa InformationTV LicenceNational Health ServicePost Office


Oyster card, getting around London Websites for Getting Around London

Transport for London (Everything you need to know about public transport in London including very useful journey planner), National Rail (Use their journey planner when travelling to locations outside London), Multi Map (Use UK postcode to pinpoint your location), The AA (everything you need to know about driving in UK), Zip Car (Membership car rental service perfect for those living in London with occassional use for a car), The Trainline (Very good website to score bargains on UK Train travel) 


websites for finding a place to live in London Websites for Finding a Place to Live in London

Looking for a house to rent or buy use Zoopla and Right Move also try the Gumtree and Net LettingsFor House or Flat Share use Spare Room and Gumtree.


 getting a job in LondonWebsites for finding a job in UK

There are 600 plus jobsites in London. The best generalist jobsites are Reed, Monster, Total Jobs, Jobsite and CV Library. Check out our useful jobsites page for more specific jobsites and agencies.


eating out in London Eating Out in London websites

The Gourmet Society gives you up to 50% off at 100's of London restaurants with an introductory offer of 2 months free at £40 (It is usually £70). Taste card is similar but more expensive at £80. You only need one of these cards per couple. Our restaurant directory will help you find the best eateries in London, while Top Table and Square Meal are also excellent websites. Try daily deal websites Groupon, Go Groopie and Living Social.


food & Grocery shopping websites for London Food Shopping and Eating in websites for UK

Save money using the comparison website MySupermarketTesco, Asda and Sainsbury's always offer introductory promotions for your first online shop e.g. £10 off when you spend £50 etc. To find the take away food you are seeking near you try Hungryhouse. 


Telecommunications websites for London Home Phone/Broadband/Television websites for UK 

All the companies vary slightly in their offering in terms of the service and products offered so do your research to make sure you get the best deal. SkyBT and Virgin Media and TalkTalk are the main companies used.  


electric and gas bills for UK Electric and Gas Websites for UK

To find the cheapest deal on your electricity or gas bill use a comparison site such as Energy Helpline or Uswitch.


Websites for mobile phone services in the UK Websites for Mobile Phone Services

Compare phone deals to do this easily try Carphone Warehouse or Mobiles. Also look at Giffgaff which probably won't be considered in comparisons.


London's best shopping websites London's Best Shopping Websites

Use our shopping directory which lists the best High Street, Independent and Online Stores in London. Price Runner is an excellent price comparison site with cashback sites such as Top Cashback and Quidco can help you get money back off purchases made.


Attractions in London London Attractions

Use our Attractions Directory. Good websites to get discounts on London attractions are Days Out Guide and Discount London.


Theatre, London's West End Theatre in London

When purchasing theatre tickets it is a matter of using a number of websites to source the best price try the following sites Theatre Tickets DirectDiscount London and Compare Theatre TicketsMy Box Office offers great bargain price tickets on theatre, comedy and concerts.


cinema in London websites Best Movie Websites for London

See Film First and Movies for Free give you the opportunity to see some films pre release. Love Film and Netflix are great watching movies and shows online from home. CineworldMy Vue and Odeon are the major cinema chains. Checkout our Movies and Theatre page for more tips.


tv audience websites in London TV Audience Websites

Many TV shows are filmed in London to get tickets to these try Applause StoreBBC and Be on Screen.


Events tickets websites for London Events - Tickets Websites for London

Ticketmaster and Eventim are popular ticketing agencies.


night clubbing websites for London Night Clubbing Websites for London

Design My Night is an excellent website for finding where to head out after dark.


Dating websites for London London's Best Dating Apps & Websites

The three most popular dating apps at the moment are: Bumble, Happn and Tinder App.  


Daily Deal Websites for London & the UK Daily Deal Websites for London

These are always offering great bargains on food, shopping, events, travel and other services. Try GrouponGo Groupie, Living SocialWowcher and Mighty Deals.          


Best travel websites for Europe Best Travel Websites for UK & Europe

This is our list of the best travel websites for researching and booking travel in the UK and Europe. This page is designed to make it easy for organising your travel and help you source the best deal. Scroll down the list to find the sites that will best meet your needs.

Best Websites for Booking Travel (Flights/Bus/Train)

Booking Flights: (UK/Europe/Internationally) The easiest way to find the best deal is use comparison websites Skyscanner or Liligo. If not happy and want to do further research try EbookersExpedia, Last Minute and Which Budget

UK Based AirlinesBritish AirwaysEasy JetRyan AirFly Be and Virgin Atlantic.

Booking Train Travel: For UK Try the Trainline or Rail EasyFor Europe: Try Rail Europe (Interrail) and Eurostar.

Booking Bus Travel: For UK Try Megabus and National ExpressFor Europe: Try Eurolines or for a value for money hop on/hop off bus service try Busabout.  


Best Websites for Accommodation Best Websites for Booking Accommodation

Best websites for booking hotels (UK, Europe, Global): Try Late Rooms, Hotels, EBookers,  Last Minute and Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor and Hotels are excellent for reviews.

Budget Hotels in the UK: The two main budget hotels are Premier Inn and Travelodge both provide excellent value. Easy Hotels also offers budget but very minimalist hotel accommodation.

Short Term Rental: Try AirBnB and 9Flats

Hostels (UK, Europe, Global): Try Hostel World, Hostel Bookers and Hostelz.

Other Budget Options: If you are game you can join couchsurfing where users offer up their couches as accommodation in return you will have to offer up yours when you are settled. 

Best websites for booking holidays Best Websites for Book Packaged Deals (Travel & Accommodation)

Best websites for booking packaged Holidays from London: Check out Thomas Cook, Thomsons, Expedia, EBookers, Last Minute. 


websites for exploring Europe Best Websites for Exploring Europe

Travelling by Bus/Train: For Buses - Eurolines for direct trips across Europe while Busabout is an excellent hop on/hop off bus that stops at many major tourist destinations across London. For Train travel try Rail Europe and the value for money Inter Rail passes on offer.

Best Websites for Exploring the UK and Ireland 

Tour Companies: For Scotland try Highland ExplorerMacbackpackers and Haggis Adventures. For Ireland try Shamrocker Adventures, Contiki and Paddywagon. For England try Golden Tours and Trafalgar Tours. 


Best websites for booking car rental in London, UK & Europe Best Websites for Car Hire in UK & Europe

Getting the best deal for Car RentalHunt around for the best deal for car hire. Try the following websites that compare prices Liligo, EBookers, Expedia and Car Rentals to find the best deal. If looking to hire a car regularly in London it may be worth becoming a member of Zip Car


travel planning websites Best Websites for Travel Planning

Excellent Travel Websites for Research: Some excellent guides for trip planning include The Guardian Travel SiteTrip Advisor, Rough GuidesConciergeVisit Britain and J2Ski (For skiing holidays). 


UK Daily deal websites for travel offers Daily Deal Websites with exclusive travel offers across UK & Europe

Finding bargain travel offers: Secret Escapes offers excellent discounts on amazing luxury accommodation making it well worth registering for free and viewing the membership offers they have. Last MinuteExpedia and Ebookers are excellent sources for travel deals. Also try the packaged holiday companies above.