Cabs Charges in London

Jan 7th, 2014, 10:38 PM
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Cabs Charges in London

Hi all Fodarites,

After my visit to Kenya and Tanzania in 2011, now I am planning to visit Europe in May this year. As because I will get only 2 days in London, I specifically like to know the If I hire a cab for full day for 6 person what will be the charges and what area it will cover. I like to visit Lords cricket ground & wimbeldon tennis ground & Shakespeare Birthplace.

Alternative suggestions are also welcome

Welcome your comments.
Thanks all
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Jan 7th, 2014, 10:58 PM
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You can't hire a cab for 6.

London taxis may carry only 5 passengers - and few people would really want to be one of those five for a whole day. For most of us, four is really the effective limit.

The rule is inflexible for anyone who can walk (I really don't know how they deal with babies, because the rule is driven as much by law and insurance as passenger comfort).

There's a whole range of options and prices at sites like http://www.taxiguidesoflondon.com/about.html if you're happy to use two taxis. Options on sites like this (google "black taxi tours") give you drivers who are both licensed London cabbies and qualified guides

If you want six adults together, you need to find the VERY unusual combination of drivers with bigger vehicles and real London knowledge: virtually no stretch limo drivers in London know much more than how to stop drunken teenagers from rampaging in the back of the car.

There no doubt exist such paragons: let's hope some other contributor can point you towards them
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Jan 7th, 2014, 11:03 PM
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Do remember though that Shakespeare was born a 2.5 hour, 100 mile (each way), drive from London. Black cab fees make such a journey cost roughly the same as a flight from Kenya, and our unpredictable traffic means you can't be sure you'll have any time in a day's hire to see Lord's or Wimbledon.
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Jan 8th, 2014, 12:58 AM
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Stratford upon Avon is too far for your intended day, as flanner says. It will take too big a slice out of your day and is hardly worth the effort in any case.

You may be able to find a car service that won't be a black cab with a vehicle big enough, so google away. Alternatively, your sights are well served by the Tube.
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Jan 8th, 2014, 02:24 AM
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I know that justairports car service do tours privately
Also if you google private tours you'll find plenty around
Just google the area you want to visit and you'll find that after Evan Evans and golden and premium there'll be a lot of private drivers offering their services
Londonwalks also do train tours for groups... But they're not that frequent at least in winter it seems

I looked into one...private driver tour.....fare was around five hundred pounds for a tour to the Cotswolds for my daughter and me
I ruled that out
That's 1000 aud that I'd spend differently...it'd be nice to have more people to split the cost!
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Jan 8th, 2014, 03:54 AM
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I can;t imagine this is the best way to "see" LOndon.

Stratford on Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace is too far from London to see - that would take essentially the whole day.

Within London I would use public transit (faster and more convenient - not to mention much less expensive).

As for your choice of sights - I don't get it unless you are going when the events are actually happening - but it's your time.
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Jan 8th, 2014, 08:47 AM
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Hi

Thanks flanneruk,Rubucund,lanejohann,nytraveler for all your prompt and valuable suggestions/ guidance. What outcome of your suggestions is that I have to think alternative way for my visit, as well as to drop Stratford due to distance. Most probably our hotel will be in Old Street. As such please guide me Tube chart( or any other alternative) to visit lords, wimbeldon and to enjoy Change in guards at the afternoon slot. As this is my first visit please, guide me in details mentioning the names of the stations.
Thank you again.
Awaiting for your guidance
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Jan 8th, 2014, 08:55 AM
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The London tube is the easiest thing to navigate. I would strongly suggest that you get a guidebook that details each place where you want to go and then look online or in the guidebook what is the closest tube station. It is simply looking for your destination and where you are to see if you can go nonstop or possibly need to change to get there.

Be sure and buy an Oyster Card available at any tube station via machine or tube clerk. It is a reloadable card for all tube and bus travel within London. It costs roughly 5 pounds and can be returned for the original 5 pounds when you leave although you will not get any extra money you have on it back.The Oyster card is scanned getting in and out of tube stations and on the buses.It tops off each day at the maximum (I believe something like 8 pounds) for unlimited travel per card.Each tube station has complimentary tube and bus maps too!)
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>>and to enjoy Change in guards at the afternoon slot<<

The changing of the Guard is not in the afternoon. It takes place in the late morning and requires you to arrive at least an hour ahead of time.

Here is the tube map http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloa...d-tube-map.pdf

Sorry - but it really isn't possible to visit Lords, Wimbledon and the Changing of the Guard on the same day. They are all in completely different parts of London and far from Old Street.

Here is the website for Wimbledon http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/museu...urs/index.html

And this is for Lords http://www.lords.org/lords/things-to-do/tours-of-lords/
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