LOOK FOR THE LIGHT: How do you hail a London taxi from the street?
Updated: May 8
If you are visiting London and need to get around the city, you might want to consider taking a taxi. London taxis are a convenient and comfortable way to travel, but there are some things you should know before you hop in one. Here are some tips on how to hail a taxi from the street in London.
Look for a black cab with a yellow TAXI sign on top. These are the official taxis of London and they can be hailed in the street or at designated ranks located in prominent places, such as train, Tube and bus stations. You can also book them through an app or by phone.
Make sure the TAXI sign is illuminated. This means that the cab is available for hire. If the sign is off, it means that the cab is occupied or off duty.
Stick out your arm as the cab approaches. This signals to the driver that you want to take their cab. You can also try to make good eye contact with the driver or wave your hand.
Give your destination to the driver. London taxi drivers are very knowledgeable and can take you anywhere in the city. They are legally obliged to take any job for journeys up to 12 miles or up to one hour duration. You can also ask them for recommendations or advice on where to go or what to see.
Pay according to the meter and don't worry too much about tip. London taxis are metered and you can pay by cash or card. There is no surcharge for using a card. You can tip taxi drivers as much as you like, but most people either round up to the nearest pound or pay 10% of the value of the fare.
Taking a taxi in London is a great way to experience the city and its culture. You can enjoy a comfortable ride, chat with a friendly driver and see some of London's iconic sights along the way.