Drivers of classic Black Cab spend most of their daily lives trundling through streets of London. They are a rare breed and cars they drive are just as full of character and personality as cabbies who drive them.
Taking sage advice of a Cabbie is perfect way to locate any destination. A Cab driver's suggestions can uncover off-beat routes and help you get feel for a city. Remember, they are folks who hear and see everything!
Travelling in a traditional taxi is a unique, convenient and easy method of getting from place to place throughout convoluted maze of London.
So why are Black Cab Drivers best travel guides to London? The Reason; Cabbies are famed for possessing a detailed understanding of city, known simply as “The Knowledge”.
All of official London cab drivers are required to pass a test called “The Knowledge”. What Knowledge is, can sometimes hard to define. Taking from between 2-4 years to acquire, some say it comes from having an extraordinary memory. London taxi drivers are said to have a part of brain governing spatial and visual information that is double size of an average persons.
The fact is, London taxi drivers have a detailed knowledge of at least 25,000 streets, coupled with a general knowledge of all major arterial routes running throughout London.
The Knowledge also stems from a constant Interaction with London's people which means they are extremely connected with what is happening in life of city.
If it's out there, Cabbie knows!
A Cabbie can find any Street!
The Cabbie's thorough knowledge of London includes location of streets, squares, clubs, hospitals, hotels, theatres, government and public buildings, railway stations, police stations, courts, diplomatic buildings, important places of worship, cemeteries, crematoria, parks and open spaces, sports and leisure centres, places of learning, restaurants and historic buildings; in fact everything you need a driver to know in order to get you to your destination by most direct route possible.
Men and Women of Impeccable Character
It is no coincidence that black cab drivers have a reputation for providing best taxi service in world. The credentials of each driver are a spotless reflection of their character and each applicant is subject of a criminal record check before being issued with a cab driver’s licence.
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