London taxis (or cabs) are no longer just black, some are painted in brighter colours, and many have advertisements painted on their sides.
If the yellow "For Hire" sign is lit, you can either hail a cab on the street or pick it up from a taxi rank.
- Always use a licensed taxi with a fare meter – check the back of the taxi to ensure it carries an official licence plate.
- Tipping: As a guideline it is customary to tip taxi drivers between 10-15% of the fare
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minicabit enables you to search the best cab deals and instantly book. You can book with minicabit to go directly from anywhere in the UK to Olympia London.
They gather real-time quotes from a UK-wide network of licensed minicab operators. You can then book your cab online and get free updates, by email or text, with details of your cab operator.
If you forget to book with minicabit, and you're travelling at night, it's always safest to take a licensed taxi.
Cabwise offer you a text service that sends taxi details direct to your mobile phone.
If you need a taxi home, simply text ‘CAB’ to 60835*.
You’ll immediately get one taxi (black cab) and two minicab numbers sent to your mobile. You don’t even need to tell them where you are as they’ll find your location using GPS.
In order to make best use of the service, text ‘CAB’ before you are ready to leave. Then you'll have plenty of time to phone for the taxi and arrange pickup for when you are ready to head home.
Cabwise is available on all mobile networks.
*Texts are charged at 35p per enquiry plus standard text message rate. Roaming rates apply to overseas networks. See www.tfl.gov.uk/cabwise for details.
View approximate taxi fares and journey times through the tfl website