An API to search for all restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, cafes, coffee shops and nightclubs in the UK. Find establishment names, addresses, postcodes, food hygiene ratings, local authorities, latitudes, longitudes and plenty more!
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API stands for Application Programming Interface. In essence its a way to connect two applications together so they can talk. When you ask a weather App on your phone for the latest weather report, it will likely use an API to connect to a weather database to retrieve that data.
New APIs are being written and added all the time. ProgrammableWeb, a directory for APIs, has around 20,000+ listed. RapidAPI, a marketplace for APIs which developers can browse to find useful APIs for their projects, has a growing list, with at least 10,000. RapidAPI has seen an explosion in growth of APIs. In 2018 there were 400 billion API calls on its platform. By 2020 this had grown by an extra 100 billion calls, to 500 billion. In 2016 there were very few users on its platform. By 2020, just 4yrs later, this had grown to 1 million users.
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Wyre Data has used a variety of sources to collate a database of approximately 570,000 UK restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, cafes, coffee shops and sandwich shops. The information in this database can be used by any App developer to create an App which finds restaurant locations (lat/lngs), food hygiene ratings issued by the FSA, addresses, postcodes etc. All this data can be retrieved by using Wyre Data API endpoints - see Documentation page.