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.
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 occassional use for a car), The Trainline (Very good website to score bargains on UK Train travel)
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.
Save money using the comparison website MySupermarket. Tesco, 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.
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.
Electric and Gas Websites for UK
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.
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 Direct, Discount London and Compare Theatre Tickets. My Box Office offers great bargain price tickets on theatre, comedy and concerts.
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. Cineworld, My Vue and Odeon are the major cinema chains. Checkout our Movies and Theatre page for more tips.
Design My Night is an excellent website for finding where to head out after dark.
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.
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 Ebookers, Expedia, Last Minute and Which Budget.
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.
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 Explorer, 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 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.
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 Minute, Expedia and Ebookers are excellent sources for travel deals. Also try the packaged holiday companies above.