Facts about the Famous Knowledge of London Exam and London Taxis
For the 6th year in a row London Black Taxi Cabs have been voted the
best in the world in the annual survey organised by hotels.com. How’s
that for a recommendation!
There are approximately 22,500 Black Taxi Drivers in London. You
only have to wait a minute or two before you see that yellow light
coming towards you to take you safely to where you want to go next.
A Hackney Carriage is the real name for a London Black Taxi and has
been in existence since the 17th century, but of course they were
horse drawn then. 1903 was the year the first petrol powered taxi cab hit the roads of
Until the 19th century London’s taxi drivers were unregulated. The
Metropolitan Police were given the task of overseeing London’s taxi
drivers, making sure they were ‘fit and proper’ and had sufficient
knowledge of London to do their job well. And this is how the famous
knowledge of London exam came about.
It can take up to 4 years to pass the London Knowledge Exam, that’s a
year longer than a university degree!
To pass the knowledge learners
are asked to remember an amazing 320 basic routes through London,
25,000 streets as well as 20,000 London landmarks and places of
interest. So when you jump in a taxi cab and ask do you know such
and such a place, yes, they do!
We have a number of private taxi tours that range from the traditional to the unusual, standard to unique, a private tour designed just for you, friends and family.
We are here to help you maximise the time you spend in London, what you get to see and the fun you have. And you get to do all of this in an iconic London black taxi with a London taxi driver tour guide — this will be a local who is passionate and knowledgeable about our city’s history, buildings, places, and people.