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 your day to day life. Simply scroll down to the relevant category to find the relevant websites.
Here is a list of the important government websites: National Insurance Number, HM Revenue and Customs, Driver Vehicle Licences, British Visa Information, TV Licence, National Health Service, Post Office
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 occasional use for a car), Train Genius or Rail Easy (Are very good websites to score bargains on UK Train travel)
Looking for a house to rent or buy use Zoopla and Right Move also try the Gumtree and Net Lettings. For House or Flat Share use Spare Room and Gumtree.
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.
TasteCard gives you up to 50% off at over 6000 restaurants as well as up to 40% off movie tickets. 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 and Living Social.
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. Sky, BT and Virgin Media and TalkTalk are the main companies used. To compare options and find the best home telecommunications provider use Hoppy.
To find the cheapest deal on your electricity or gas bill use a comparison site such as Energy Helpline or Hoppy.
Compare phone deals, to do this easily try Hoppy. Also look at Giffgaff which is flexible with the package you can order and offers great value with plans starting from £6 a month.
Use our shopping directory which lists the best High Street, Independent and Online Stores in London. If you are looking for value for money stores this page will help in your endeavors.
Use our Attractions Directory to help find attractions you might want ti visit, our Itinerary tips overview and other itinerary pages can help you navigate the city with endless sites. The best site to get into many paid attractions is the London Pass. Days out Guide can get you 2 for 1 tickets for many attractions if you are traveling by National Rail and on presentation with a train ticket. The London Explorer Pass gives you discounted entry to a set amount of attractions e.g buy a 3, 5 or 7 attraction pass it is eligible for. Attraction Tix is excellent if you want to see the following attractions not on the London Pass (London Eye, London Aquarium, Madam Tussauds, London Dungeons and Shrek's Adventure). The London Explorer Pass is a good mix between the London Pass and Attraction Tix as covers attractions on both.
There are a number of online ticket sites for theatre tickets in London's West End, we recommend any of the following Encore Tickets, Theatre Tickets Direct and Love Theatre. For less recognised theatre and plays it can be worth checking out MyBoxoffice. You can also check out the London Stranger Theatre page for more information and tips.
See Film First and Movies for Free give you the opportunity to see some films pre release. Amazon Prime and Netflix are great watching movies and shows online from home. Cineworld, My Vue and Odeon are the major cinema chains. Checkout our London Stranger Movies page.
Many TV shows are filmed in London to get tickets to these try Applause Store, BBC and Be on Screen.
London Stranger has a significant events page that covers major events in London, Uk and Europe. Some other sites we recommend include Ticketmaster the leading ticket agent for the UK, See Tickets and Eventim are also good sites to search events. Fest Ticket is good for music festivals. For sports tickets are best sourced direct from the venue and club our watching sports page should direct you to the right bodies as a secondary option (which can be expensive) for football tickets try Livefootballtickets.
Design My Night is an excellent website for finding where to head out after dark. The Dusk App can be worth downloading to your smart phone.
The three most popular dating apps at the moment are: Bumble, Happn, Badoo and Tinder App. If you are looking for love E-Harmony, Dating Direct and Match are popular websites.If you are married and looking to meet someone else who is married but is not your actual partner try Illicit Encounters. If you are looking to meet a rich old man try Sugardaddie. Perhaps you are looking for a man with a hairy beard than Bristlr is the place to go. Looking for that person who hates the same stuff than go to Hater. Want to make an informed decision through a review try Do I date. If you are very selective on the people you mix with try The Inner Circle. For Asian dating (if you're parents have failed finding someone) try Single Solution. The best LGBTQ apps/websites are Grindr, Her and Chappy.
To meet someone face to face you might want to find an event on Speed Dater.
These are always offering great bargains on food, shopping, events, travel and other services. Try Groupon, Go Groopie, Living Social and Wowcher.
Booking Flights: (UK/Europe/Internationally) To find the best deal use a comparison site such as Momondo and Cheapflights.
UK Based Airlines: British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Fly Be and Virgin Atlantic.
Booking Train Travel: For UK Try the Train Genius or Rail Easy.
Booking Train Travel For Europe: Try Rail Europe and for a discounted travel pass Interrail or Eurail.
Booking Bus Travel: For UK Try Megabus and National Express.
Booking Bus Travel for Europe: Try Eurolines or Flixbus for a value for money hop on/hop off bus service try Busabout.
Best websites for booking hotels (UK, Europe, Global): Try Booking.com, Hotels, Trip Advisor or Travel Supermarket.
Budget Hotels in the UK: The two main budget chain 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 packaged Holidays from London: Check out Tui, Travel Supermarket and Last Minute. Always check the tour company is protected by ABTA.
Best Companies for Exploring Europe- for group tours consider Contiki, Top Deck or Trafalagar Tours. Making your own itinerary consider Busabout, Flix, Eurolines and Interrail.
Best Tour Companies for Exploring the UK and Ireland: For Scotland try Macbackpackers and Haggis Adventures. For Ireland try Shamrocker Adventures, Contiki and Paddywagon. For England try Golden Tours and Trafalgar Tours.
Getting the best deal for Car Rental: Hunt around for the best deal for car hire. Try the following websites that compare prices try Travel Supermarket, EasyRentCars to find the best deal. If looking to hire a car regularly in London it may be worth becoming a member of Blue City or Zip Car.
Car Hire Excess Insurance: Paying the excess on a car hire can be unaffordable and insurance companies know this charging a premium for car excess insurance so best to source this yourself prior online and get the peace of mind and save money doing so. Try I car hire insurance, Insurance 4 Car Hire or Travel Supermarket
Excellent Travel Websites for Research: Some excellent guides for trip planning include The Guardian Travel Site, Trip Advisor, Rough Guides, Concierge, Visit Britain and J2Ski (For skiing holidays). To plan around events use the London Stranger Events Directory and Festicket.