One of the best things about living in London is that it’s so easy to be spontaneous. You can always grab last minute tickets to a gig or find a gallery exhibition round the corner. It’s all out there waiting for us, the only thing stopping us is time and a place to go for inspiration. A perfect opportunity for a London going out app like YPlan.
Despite being a gadget addict I don’t have that many apps on my phone. Social media, photo editing, coffee, and the weather, that’s about it for app extras! I like them to be simple and fuss-free. After reading about YPlan on Mashable I was definitely intrigued, it’s free to download and offers a tidy list of 10 or so events each day and up to a week advance based on the things you like doing. It claims to offer anything from food tastings to music gigs and all sorts of random events in between.
They asked me if I fancied trialling the app to see what I thought, as one of the blog’s reasons for existing is to motivate myself and others to discover new things and enjoy city life I struggled to find an excuse to refuse.
So I had a browse through the offerings last week, I liked that there wasn’t 100s of things to scroll through and ticket prices ranged from free to about £40. As I was in the mood for a laugh it was an easy decision and I went for one of the Edinburgh Preview Shows, a series of stand up comedy nights where comedians try out their sketches before taking them to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (YPlan have exclusivity for some of the tickets so I thought that was a good test too.)
It really was easy. Choose your event, the number of tickets, enter your card details and confirm.
Your ticket (and instructions for collection/ redemption) is stored on the app, you can also put it in the iPhone Passbook app if you use that. Fuss-free and easy!
As for the show, Lucy Porter was hilarious and The Harrison is a great place for intimate gigs. If stand up comedy is your kind of thing there are still a few acts left to grab tickets to and they’re all on the app.
I took my housemate and we both said we needed to do more random stuff like that. I think YPlan could become very handy, especially in the social months of summer!
Have you tried YPlan? Do you have any apps you can’t live without?
If you want to download the app to check it out yourself you can get it for the iPhone on their website. Unfortunately it’s not available for Android just yet but you can register your details on the website so that they can tell you when it’s ready to download.
YPlan kindly added some credit to my account for the tickets but as ever all opinions are my own. As a free app aimed at people like me I thought it was worth sharing!