Originally known as ‘Hackney Carriages,’ these distinctive vehicles have been a part of London’s transportation landscape for nearly four centuries. Stepping into a black cab is like stepping into a piece of living history.
London’s black cabs have been an integral part of the city since 1625 when there were only 25 available for hire. Today, there are approximately 78,000 taxis and 153,000 private hire vehicles navigating the bustling streets of London. While they are commonly referred to as taxis, the official name for these remarkable vehicles is still the ‘Hackney Carriage.’
Behind the wheel of each black cab is a legendary London taxi driver. Renowned for their unparalleled knowledge of the city and remarkable navigation skills, these drivers possess an uncanny ability to whisk passengers away to their destinations swiftly, even amidst the chaos and congestion that define London life.
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When you hail a black cab in London, you can trust that your driver will know the shortest and quickest route to your desired location, without relying on a satnav (GPS). Less than 1% of black cab drivers use Satnav because they simply don’t need it. Whether you provide the name of a street, a famous landmark, a popular pub, or a hotel, your cab driver will not only know its whereabouts but will also navigate you there via the most efficient route.
At Black Cab Heritage Tours, we take immense pride in our legacy as purveyors of the quintessential London experience. Our knowledgeable drivers, steeped in the traditions of the black cab heritage, possess an unparalleled passion for showcasing the best of this incredible city. Join us on a journey through time, where you’ll discover the hidden gems, historic landmarks, and vibrant neighbourhoods that define London’s rich tapestry.
Experience London like never before with Black Cab Heritage Tours—where every ride is a story waiting to be told.
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