Black Cabs are an iconic symbol of London. Have a ride in one when you are visiting London. It’s easy to hail a London taxi. If you see a cab with a light on top displaying the word ‘TAXI’, this means they are available for hire. If the light is off they are not available.
If you want to hail a cab, you just have to stick out your arm when the taxi is approaching and it will stop next to you. Make sure you are standing someplace where the taxi can stop.
Usually, it is best to go to the front window of the cab and explain to the driver where you want to go but you can also get in and give your driver your destination from the back seat. Remember, London cabbies have passed an exam known as “The Knowledge” and they know every street and landmark in London.
London’s black cabs can carry 5 passengers, 3 facing forward and 2 facing backwards on fold down seats. Most black cab drivers are very chatty so take advantage of your local taxi tour guide!.
When you arrive at your destination, the driver will tell you how much you need to pay. This is calculated automatically by a meter in the cab. Not all taxis accept credit cards so check before you start your journey.