The UK's a great place to be in summer. Sure, you can't always rely on the weather - though the Daily Mail promises every year that this one's going to be a scorcher - but me and my fellow Brits have long since discovered that cloudless skies are not the be-all and end-all.
There's always so much going on: summer food fayres, music, theatre and comedy festivals, sailing regattas, afternoon teas, Wimbledon, lashings of Pimm's... and a little bit of rain won't spoil our fun! From Cornwall to Pembrokeshire, from Belfast to Glasgow, there are fantastic places to visit, and exciting things to do all around - and it's up to you to decide where to go next!
So whether you're a Brit yourself, or a worldly wanderer looking for the best that Blighty has to offer, these 9 Android apps will help fill your summer in the UK with fun and frivolity, every sunny (and cloudy) day.
What's on in the 'big smoke': London Official Events Guide
London's the best in summer, and the free London Official Events Guide (powered by visitlondon.com) is packed with constantly updated info on what's happening in the city. Whatever your budget, you can quickly and easily narrow your search to find the right event for you, from mainstream to niche. The map works offline too - great if you're on The Tube with no signal.
The simply designed Best of Britain is a quick reference guide for sussing out the best places to see and be across the UK. If you're looking for ideas on where to visit or what activities are going on near you, this app gives you a solid starting point. Created by the team behind Discover Britain magazine, it's packed with historical and cultural places of interest, background and contact info, and much more.
Outdoor adventures for the kids: National Trust 50 things
Don't keep the kids cooped up this summer: take things outdoors with the National Trust 50 things. This colorful, vivid app for under-12s is packed with where and how to get into outdoor activities, plus a diary so they can write all about it afterwards. There's loads to do - from fishing in ponds to going canoeing - and parents have a special area to track their kids' progress.
Just because you live in (or think you know) a place, doesn't mean you've sussed out everywhere that's anywhere. Think of all the cool hangouts you could be missing! AroundMe is perfect for discovering new digs on your doorstep. It'll show you great bars, restaurants, theatres, and more, how to get there, and even let you view menus and book directly. Quick, easy, accurate, and a great way to discover new UK haunts this summer.
If you're anything like me, you never like to be too far away from where the food is - and summer is a great time to indulge in some tasty and authentic cuisine, al fresco! BritishSt.Food has info on street food vendors from across the UK, letting you check out user reviews and photos from the traders (and the eaters) themselves.
Magical mystery tours, on your doorstep and beyond: GetYourGuide
The bright, functional, and quite frankly brilliant GetYourGuide makes finding activities, reading up on them, then booking and paying for them a (summer) breeze. There's thousands of tickets, tours, and activities on offer from across the world, and GetYourGuide guarantees secure payment and the best price guaranteed; perfect for trying something new in the UK this summer.
Discounted pampering, dining, activities, and more: Groupon
Groupon lets you treat yourself and your loved ones again and again, without breaking the bank. Select the UK city where you are or will be, and the app will automatically show discount offers of 50%-90% off of a wide range of services: from massages, restaurants, and hotels, to horse riding, wine tasting, and bungee jumping. Great for one-off fun, plus discovering new places you'd be happy to pay full price for next time.
Staying home is not an option when there are so many great things to do, see, and taste out there. But if you're stuck for inspiration and fancy something a bit different, the London-supported YPlan is your go-to. Every day it offers a curated listed of 10 events and activities happening tonight, from big concerts and exhibitions to the quirkiest underground events you would never have found on your own.
Whether you're in Birmingham, Bradford, or Berwick-Upon-Tweed, if you want to know where's best to go, and what's best to do, TripAdvisor is still simply the best. Tap in a place name to find out the best restaurants, beauty spots, activities, hangouts and more. You can also download major city guides, offline maps, and importantly - read real reviews from real people (and probably a few fake ones too).