Today (28/10/202) I finally took a ride in a London black cab. The journey lasted around 30mina for 6.5 miles. Let me just say that the journey was worth every single penny.
Its been a long while since I took a black cab to anywhere. Mainly because I drive and own a car. Then there are other options available via a variety of taxi Apps at our finger tip. Therefore flagging down a black cab was always not the first option.
Today however, everything changed for the better. This option of taking a black cab was my last and best option.
Needing to get home following my sons surgery, my first option was to use the local taxi firm recommended by the hospital. Eventually when I got through to the taxi firm, they were very polite and gave me a waiting time of 90mins and £20 fee. A 90mins wait was out of the question.
Then I decided to try the Bolt taxi App. It eventually located a driver at a estimated fee of £16.50, a waiting time of 5mins and a cancellation fee of £6, if I decide to cancel. I went on to confirmed this deal only for the App to refresh and decide that it actually did not have a driver available. Therefore would not come. As you can imagine, this was a huge disappointment to me.
Uber wasn’t an option as I had stopped using this taxi App sometime ago due to their bad service and constant disappointment.
Transport for London wasn’t an option at all.
Last but not least, I decided to walk to the main road and hail a black taxi. This turned out to be the best decision I made.
We got home in record time simply because the London black taxi have priority on the roads and are allowed to use bus lanes. So while other cars were stuck in the rush hour traffic, we cruised down empty bus lanes all the way home. This was indeed money and time well spent.