When you visit England’s capital, there are certain things that you must do: visit the Tower of London, see Buckingham Palace, have tea at Harrods, ride the London Eye, and take a trip in one of the city’s famous cabs. A taxi ride might seem less than thrilling to some, but hopping on board provides one of the most informative, accessible, unique and unforgettable experiences of the city.
Read on to find out more.
Taking a trip in the back of a London cab is to see the city with new eyes. Black cab drivers are fonts of knowledge, each of them well versed on the merits of the city they love.
To take their esteemed place behind the wheel, drivers first have to pass an in-depth exam known as ‘The Knowledge’. This takes two years to study for, and in order to pass each of them has to know the location and quickest routes between 25,000 Central London streets. Along the way, many of them pick up a deep and enduring knowledge of, as well as love for, the places they drive to, making them the perfect tour guides for showing you around.
Of course, it’s not only black cab drivers that wend their way through London. Privately owned taxis, such as those purchased from Cab Direct, are also available, often at a lower rate. Although they may not be as well tested as their black cab peers, these drivers share the same passion and enthusiasm for the city they love, and are always happy to give you some tips on where to go and what to do.
Places to See
Black taxi drivers will take you anywhere you want to go, but here are a few places off the beaten path that we recommend.
The London Bridge Experience
Drive through London and start your journey at the London Bridge Experience. Once you’re there, travel back in time to learn the stories of the historic structure and the people who lived beside it.
Chelsea Physic Garden
For something a little different, hail a taxi to take you to one of London’s secret gardens. Constructed in 1673, it’s the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city and spend a little time appreciating the beauty of nature, with over 5,000 different plant species for you to enjoy.
London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world, opening its doors in 1828. With over 650 different species of animals, it’s a captivating wilderness in the heart of London, where you can enjoy seeing everything from gorillas to giraffes up close.
For something really different, hail a taxi to take you to Chislehurst. This series of underground caves extends for over 20 miles, with an intricate network of dark and mysterious passageways criss-crossing each other below the city streets.
Where will you choose to visit?