It’s the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and four days of unbroken non-job-toil lie before us like a glorious expanse of freedom. But why waste them sitting in and staring at the television’s mind-numbing schedules of repeats, ‘classic’ films and the likes of Strictly Britain’s Got Tarrant when you can get out and about?
Come rain or shine there’s an app to entertain, whether you want to go to a gig, massage your mind in a museum, or simply plan a pub crawl of epic, Surgeon Generally ill-advised proportions, simply download this little lot and you can bank on the best Bank Holiday imaginable…
Fancy a bit of time out in the Capital this weekend? Then don’t leave home without this essential app to all the on-going events, attractions, tube guides, maps and the very best that London has to offer. There’s a compass to point you in the right direction, quick buttons to highlight the nearest attraction or tube station to your location, and downloadable maps to use when an internet connection is not available. It’s the next best thing to having your own Cock-er-ney guide.
A one-stop shop for all things within arm’s length, Poynt covers movies, restaurants, events, businesses and even offers in your immediate locale, allowing you to book tickets, reserve tables, read ratings and reviews and, generally, plan your entire long weekend from the comfort of your phone. Using GPS to locate your position, simply search Poynt by category, and, as they used to say on Why Don’t You, you can switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead.
Not dissimilar to Poynt, the beauty of AroundMe lies in its simplicity of use – turn on, let the GPS and Wi-Fi do its bit and – bam – boredom-be-gone! Instantly you’ll be presented with a menu of categories, from the nearest cash points, pubs and bars, restaurants, taxi ranks, theatres and even car parks if you’re only just on your way. It can be a little American, with ‘gas’ and ‘movie theatre’, but as long as you can think vaguely like a Yank, the immediate world is your Android-shaped oyster.
Get a bit of historic culture down you with the able assistance of the English Heritage app. Either search for locations to visit or allow the GPS ‘near me map’ to discover the perfectly preserved past that surrounds you. There are picture galleries to browse, event listings, prices and opening times, scalable maps to get you there and top tips for when you do. All 400 Heritage sites are covered, so get up and get out.
Last but not least, where would we be without the self-appointed last bastions of decent ale, CAMRA? Drinking Castlemaine XXXX in the park, that’s where. When it comes to planning a day of leisurely libation allow the Good Beer Guide to lead you to some of the 4500-strong pubs it covers, searching by postcode, town or GPS proximity, there’s reviews, recommendations and interactive maps to get you there, all across the county. Mine’s a pint.