London like any other city in the world has it's fair share of unlicensed taxi drivers.these drivers are not real taxi drivers, they will charge you silly amounts. they will probably not even know where they are going. I see too many people being conned and too many silly drunken women taking these cabs as a cheap option home.Come on ladies do the maths.Dont risk being attacked or abused.Im sure you rather pay the extra cost of a real black taxi cab than spoil the rest of your trip or even the rest of your life!!!
Unique Suggestions Take a black taxi cab.you pay by the meter, the taxi is licenced, the driver will get you to your destination the fast way (they don't spend nearly 2 years learning 'the knowledge' for no reason).plus they are the best guides in London.
Several operators offer "Taxi Tours" to the different Harry Potter film locations. In my opinion they are outrageously expensive (ca. 190 GBP), because most of the London film locations are easy to reach by tube, so you can easily do them yourselves by a fraction of this price. The locations are easy to google/research on the internet. As those locations are quite distant, I suppose it is impossible to put them into a two hour walking tour. The only Harry Potter walking tour loosely based on the books is the one "London Walks" offers (sadly on sunday evening, where most tourists already leave for the airport).
Horrible people in unmarked "cabs" will be haggling you for rides at night. Especially if you've just come from somewhere that serves alcohol. Don't do it! These people are swine who will charge you an exorbitant amount of money if they get you to your destination in the first place. Always make sure you're getting into an "official" London Taxi.
Unique Suggestions Learn how to spot London cabs. Don't say yes to anyone who asks you if you want a ride. A real cab driver won't come to you ... you'll come to them. Don't get so pissed that you forget the above rules ...
Fun Alternatives Nightbuses ! At a mere fraction of the price ... though you better know what you're doing.
Black cabs can be very expensive in London. Sometimes it is better just to take the tube or bus (if they're working).
Note they are not all bad, but just beware.
Unique Suggestions Make sure you are not being driven around the corner and charged ý5 for it!
Fun Alternatives Public transport (when it works)
The black taxis you see all over the city and at the airports are very expensive and not very necessary. The Tube is wonderful in that it takes you pretty much everywhere you want to go and it's cars accomodate luggage.
Unique Suggestions Look into the shared shuttles or express bus at the airport and if your traveling around London, look for the mini taxis.
Never accept an approach on a train station concourse by a 'taxi-driver'. They are unlicensed sharks who will either take you miles out your way before taking you to your destination or simply take you speedily to your route and, in both cases, ask astronomical sums (an aunt of mine - 75 years old - accepted such a lift, was taken some 5 miles to travel from Victoria Rail Station to Victoria Bus Station - a journey of 500 metres. She was asked for 50 pounds! She never paid as she knew the scam and pointed out that the policeman across the street would be very interested in the situation.....). Get your taxi from the taxi ranks that are always outside the stations.
Taxis or Cabs - Use black cabs only, the others are unlicenced, dangerous and a rip off. You might even end up getting robbed by them (if they don't rob you on the fare!). Check out Black Cabs for proper cabs!