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All you need to know about taxi service in London

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 Posted 6 months ago

One of the undisputed symbols of London? Obviously he: "The Black cab" (black cab)

I am sure you know what we are talking about, you will have seen many of them in the movies, in photos and of course if you have already passed through here. The famous and elegant London taxi service, "Thames taxi " is today one of the best-known symbols of the British capital. Sometimes you can see him go around in colored clothes but don't worry, it's only for advertising reasons, his shape is still unmistakable. The "black cab" is the official London taxi and is the only one that can stop in the street after a whistle or a show of hands. That's right, there are many taxi services offered in London but only this vehicle has the authorization to stop at the moment and not only by reservation. To understand if the arriving taxi is free, just look up on the panel above the windshield and, if the light is on, the taxi is ready to welcome you.

Let's find out how much it will cost you to travel on this fascinating vehicle.

As in all taxis in the world, cab rates are calculated with a taximeter that starts from a minimum of 2.40 pounds, on holidays and other special events there may be increases. Since 2016, all cabs have included the possibility of paying directly by credit card, as well as being all equipped with a platform for access for the disabled. After the trip, don't forget to thank the driver, he should be left with a tip that is around 10% of the cost of the ride, more than deserved if you think that during the ride you will have at your disposal a real London expert who has had to pass a very tough exam, called "The Knowledge&qu...

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One of the undisputed symbols of London? Obviously he: "The Black cab" (black cab)

I am sure you know what we are talking about, you will have seen many of them in the movies, in photos and of course if you have already passed through here. The famous and elegant London taxi service, "Thames taxi " is today one of the best-known symbols of the British capital. Sometimes you can see him go around in colored clothes but don't worry, it's only for advertising reasons, his shape is still unmistakable. The "black cab" is the official London taxi and is the only one that can stop in the street after a whistle or a show of hands. That's right, there are many taxi services offered in London but only this vehicle has the authorization to stop at the moment and not only by reservation. To understand if the arriving taxi is free, just look up on the panel above the windshield and, if the light is on, the taxi is ready to welcome you.

Let's find out how much it will cost you to travel on this fascinating vehicle.

As in all taxis in the world, cab rates are calculated with a taximeter that starts from a minimum of 2.40 pounds, on holidays and other special events there may be increases. Since 2016, all cabs have included the possibility of paying directly by credit card, as well as being all equipped with a platform for access for the disabled. After the trip, don't forget to thank the driver, he should be left with a tip that is around 10% of the cost of the ride, more than deserved if you think that during the ride you will have at your disposal a real London expert who has had to pass a very tough exam, called "The Knowledge", where he must have demonstrated that he knows every direction of every single street in the capital by heart. Incredible isn't it?

Conversely, the other types of private taxis in the city, the "minicabs", are very different.

Unlike the official cabs, these vehicles must be booked through mobile applications, phone calls, e-mails or in the appropriate offices. You will therefore not find a taximeter inside them, but you will already know at the beginning how much you will spend on your ride and, very often, it will be cheaper than the official cab. 

ATTENTION: Using these private services, if you are not told by the driver or shown by the dedicated application, it is always better to ask before the ride how much you will pay. To have further confirmation on the regularity of the service you are using, check that a circular symbol issued by Transport of London is applied on the rear window or on the front windshield.

Booking a minicab is very simple

In the city you will find numerous offices with the "minicab" sign applied on the door, or, if you are staying in a hotel, ask for the list of minicabs affiliated with the structure. Another very easy and fast method is to download dedicated apps, one above all the famous UBER. (link to the already existing article where I explain how uber works).

So remember that only the "black cab" officer can be stopped on the street.

In the event that other means offer you passages without a reservation, know that they are breaking the law as well as potentially putting your safety at risk '.

Source Gatwick Airport Transfers

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