Sunday, 8 July 2012

What to pack for a trip to London

Stuff magazine – an expert tech publication which our blogger Sophie contributes to – just named its top 25 travel gadgets and apps to make your holidays that bit sparkier. Here's our favourites which we think every Boutique London Lets guest shouldn't leave home without.

Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G (£150)

You may have plans to come to London and read some of the capital's great literature in the locations it was written or based in. The only trouble is that packing the books before you leave risks less spontaneity once you get here and discover, for instance, that Dickens lived near Borough (not too far from our Southwark apartments). So pack this excellent e-reader which has millions of titles and comes with free, but slow, 3G internet browsing on your hols.

Pocket Guide (free app for iPhone and Android phones)

Paper maps and guides get soggy in the rain, left on cafe tables and batted out of your hands by angry Rush Hour tube commuters. Not so the Pocket Guide app which gives you offline London maps plus audio and augmented reality tours - where you can hold up your phone to overlay tourist-friendly information about nearby landmarks and history. Plus it's free! Fire it up when you step out of our Westminster apartments and you'll be flooded with local info.

Veho 360 M4 (£60)

A superb mini speaker that won't take up much room in your luggage but should fill your living room space of your apartment making it that much more like home. You can stream music from your phone's music library, like iTunes, by turning your phone's Bluetooth on and it will last for five hours before charging via USB which you can do with your laptop. Try this in our Docklands apartment and have a London celebration while the City works late into the night around you.

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