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Black Cab Knowledge
Red buses and black cabs are the hallmark of Britain. But black cabs are not handy just because they are very recognisable and you can hail them in the street. What is important when you get in a black cab is that the driver has passed the Knowledge. The Knowledge is an examination that verifies how well the driver knows London. It takes years of study to pass it. Not only do they have to know where all the small streets nobody else knows are, such are Dukes Place or Ely Place, but they have to know how to get there via the shortest route, the fastest route or any other alternative route that could help them avoid traffic or roadwork congestion. Black cabs might be expensive, even for London, but they will take you where you want in the shortes time possible. The higher fare is the price of the Knowledge.
Getting about by taxi
The famous London black cabs are another masterpiece of engineering designed for London streets. They are driven by some of the best drivers in the world who have to pass a stiff examination on the geography of the city (see "The Knowledge" under Off The Beaten Track) - although if they suspect you're from out of town they may try to pull a fast one.
A group of housing experts from Derby once attended a conference I was helping to organise. On arrival at St Pancras station they took a cab, which led them a merry dance around the streets running up a fat fare before depositing them at the conference venue - Camden Town Hall, just across the road from St Pancras station. This is a true story - be warned!
A cab ride at night can be a great experience though.
Taxi and Tubes
Driving in central London is crazy. The M25 is a day trip in itself with toll tunnels and bridges. In the inner loop, go by taxi, tube, and bus. Use only licensed taxis and be aware if the tubes are on strike. Parking is rare and precious-- be prepared to pay for it.
Another useful way to get...
Another useful way to get around is by using the famous black cabs. They're more expensive than the Tube or bus, but if you're making a single journey, dressed up or something, this is much better than getting on the crowded trains. The drivers are quite friendly too. Just watch out for unlicensed mini-cabs. Try to stick to the black ones.
Getting around is easist by...
Getting around is easist by black cab if you have the money - with the stop-start London traffic they're not cheap - but if there are say four of you it's still an economic idea (and a lot more fun) to hail a cab and ask him to take you on a tour of the sites. They love this kind of fare and so long as you're firm about the things you want to see (have a look at the map first!) they'll drive you around - some will stop for you to take photos from the cab - if you don't have much time it's a brilliant idea. The Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey are all easily seen on a west-end circular cab tour. Go for it!
watch out for taxis after...
watch out for taxis after about 12.00pm (when the Tube closes down) There won't be many black cabs around. You may have to linger by the roadside and try and get an unlicensed minicab (actually a normal, private car) they drive around central London a lot and you will probably find one stopping for you within a minute or so. BUT BEWARE. They may try to rip you off. State the destination and ask the charge IN ADVANCE. Have some idea what the normal fare should be. Remember that you take a risk with unlicensed cabs, and I do not recommend you do this if you are a lone female.
That is me posing like a...
That is me posing like a tourist behind the wheel of the taxi I rode in. It was the nicest taxi ride I ever had. The driver gave me some great information about London, the weather, the buildings we drove past. It was also the most expensive taxi ride I ever had. I was too exhausted to worry about the expense.
Taxi is a convenience way to get around, but expensive as well. Depends of course how far you want to go. The classic black taxis are still there, but not always black as they used to be.
Taxi's are a popular way to travel in London, although more expensive than buses and underground trains.
Make sure it's a black cab..
You'll see lots of Taxis around the city, but the official taxis are the famous Black Cabs. If you want to make sure that you will get a fair fare, be sure to choose wisely.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Taxi Black Cabs
The black London taxicab is the symbol of London as the red buses.
Cabs are available for hire when the yellow sign above the windscreen is lit, just stick your arm out to signal one.
- Business Travel
London Taxi , it,s famous so much and old but it,s very expensive so i think it,s good to take photo only !!! there is now new taxi,s but in old model style , it,s so great .
There are not only black cabs in London, there are also coloured Cabs, ans as you can see on the picture, very coloured . . .
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
I have never travelled on a taxi in London. I think they are too expensive and slow in traffic jams!
Black Cab. I have only used it...
Black Cab. I have only used it a couple of times. It is worth the experience, but be warned it is very expensive.
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