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    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 16th Sep 17, 8:34 AM
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    London Cab fare
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    • 16th Sep 17, 8:34 AM
    London Cab fare 16th Sep 17 at 8:34 AM
    I've never used a black cab in London and I'm budgeting for a trip - roughly what fare should I expect for a cab from Euston to Lewisham?
    (I know there are cheaper alternatives but we specifically want a cab on this occasion)
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    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 16th Sep 17, 10:55 AM
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    I just put your thread title into Google and a whole host of London taxi fare estimators appeared.

    To answer your question: £44.55 approx.

    Consider a Private Hire Car... Uber will do it for under half of that.
    Last edited by KeithP; 16-09-2017 at 11:47 AM.
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    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 16th Sep 17, 2:20 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 2:20 PM
    Dohh - sorry, I didn't realise there were the estimators on line - probably hadn't had enough coffee when I posted
    • Gravedigger
    • By Gravedigger 16th Sep 17, 11:15 PM
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    And in a black cab he can add each passenger and each bag or luggage, even shopping bags. As suggested I'd go with Uber, or get a quote before the journey as you may be held up going through Blackwall Tunnel.
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 17th Sep 17, 6:45 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 6:45 AM
    Uber will do it for under half of that.
    Originally posted by KeithP
    Not hard to see why London black cabs are crapping themselves and fighting so hard to get Uber banned.

    Personally haven't used a black cab in ages... it's not the money more the feeling your being ripped off.
    • jessmist
    • By jessmist 17th Sep 17, 7:24 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 7:24 AM
    When we were in London at the end of July we always used black cabs with me being disabled. The drivers were always very helpful and nothing was a problem.
    I downloaded (my taxi) app.
    You can book a taxi through it and the driver gave us a code for £10 off the first journey.
    Also they were doing half price fares from 8pm Friday to midnight Sunday.
    I would definitely go with them.
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 17th Sep 17, 8:02 AM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 8:02 AM
    When we were in London at the end of July we always used black cabs with me being disabled. The drivers were always very helpful and nothing was a problem.
    I downloaded (my taxi) app.
    You can book a taxi through it and the driver gave us a code for £10 off the first journey.
    Also they were doing half price fares from 8pm Friday to midnight Sunday.
    I would definitely go with them.
    Originally posted by jessmist
    I'm guessing you know somebody in the trade

    Last time I looked a London to Heathrow ride was £38 more expensive using a black cab than Uber..... so yes I'd flipping well expect the black cab driver to be polite and helpful.
    • Sicard
    • By Sicard 17th Sep 17, 8:42 AM
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    I was quoted £80 from Heathrow to Kingston, a 20 minute journey for a black cab. I got the X26 bus instead.
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    • By Ballard 17th Sep 17, 9:17 AM
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    The £44 quoted is a fair bit lower than I'd expect and would depend massively on the time of day. If you're looking at rush hour I'd suggest that there's little chance of getting it for that fare.

    I realise that you specifically want to get a cab but if you can get the tube (Northern Line) south of the river you could get a cab from there and you'd save time and money if your circumstances would allow.
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    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 17th Sep 17, 4:52 PM
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    I just put your thread title into Google and a whole host of London taxi fare estimators appeared.

    To answer your question: £44.55 approx.

    Consider a Private Hire Car... Uber will do it for under half of that.
    Originally posted by KeithP
    Probably because they're not paying their employees NMW or holiday pay?
    Money doesn't solve poverty.....it creates it.
    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 17th Sep 17, 5:57 PM
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    Probably because they're not paying their employees NMW or holiday pay?
    Originally posted by unholyangel
    For whatever reason.
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 17th Sep 17, 7:15 PM
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    I know OP specifically asked about cabs but that journey is actually far more pleasant and quicker by public transport than by road - unless travelling in the middle of the night or just possibly on a quiet Sunday. Simply getting across London to other side of the River is a nightmare that can take an hour or more.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 17th Sep 17, 8:02 PM
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    A minicab (private hire) company may be able to give you a cheaper quote than a taxi on the meter, but still provide you with a 'black cab' type vehicle (although most of them are newer types as the traditional black cabs failed emissions tests and had to be retired)
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 17th Sep 17, 8:20 PM
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    You may well struggle to get a black cab to take you to Lewisham from Euston, be prepared to get knocked back a few times. They're not supposed to refuse, but in reality they won't be chuffed spending an hour going south of the river when then can make more money on short hops around central London.
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    • jon81uk
    • By jon81uk 18th Sep 17, 9:51 AM
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    And in a black cab he can add each passenger and each bag or luggage, even shopping bags. As suggested I'd go with Uber, or get a quote before the journey as you may be held up going through Blackwall Tunnel.
    Originally posted by Gravedigger
    Black cabs cannot charge for passengers or luggage. The fares are set by TfL and very regulated https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/taxi-fares#on-this-page-2


    But as others have said, metered taxis are much better for short journey's staying within zone 1, the fares increase after they do 6 miles https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/taxi-fares

    For this journey much better to do minicab with a pre-agreed fare, Uber (although it depends on your morals around minimum wage), or use the tube/train/dlr and get a taxi from south of the river. Or if access is the issue, get a taxi from Euston to Bank then take the DLR which is fully wheelchair accessible.
    • elverson
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 18th Sep 17, 11:43 AM
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    And worth remembering that there is a taxi rank at lewisham station, so could get there on public transport and then take a taxi to final destination.
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 21st Sep 17, 12:57 PM
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    A minicab (private hire) company may be able to give you a cheaper quote than a taxi on the meter, but still provide you with a 'black cab' type vehicle (although most of them are newer types as the traditional black cabs failed emissions tests and had to be retired)
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Not advertising - other than I've always fond them reliable - Data Cars (formerly Handicars ) of Lewisham. More likely to be a Prius than a traditional shape cab though.
    You may well struggle to get a black cab to take you to Lewisham from Euston, be prepared to get knocked back a few times. They're not supposed to refuse, but in reality they won't be chuffed spending an hour going south of the river when then can make more money on short hops around central London.
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    I've been able to get a black cab from City to Lewisham with no problems - but maybe I was just lucky.
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    • novelty-socks
    • By novelty-socks 21st Sep 17, 5:33 PM
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    If you're set on a black cab, I would use the My Taxi app (as recommended elsewhere on this thread). It'll give you a price estimate upfront and then allocate your job to a taxi in the vicinity.

    Otherwise, like others here, I'd recommend a minicab firm.

    I have mixed feelings on Uber - my view is they've cut prices in London to the point where pressure is really on drivers to pick you up quickly, drop you off fast, and not mess around. A couple of times I've had drivers cancel when they've realized I'm in a location that's somewhat difficult to reach (such as the designated minicab point at Paddington Station).

    I actually quite like Addison Lee, who are a bit more relaxed and will give you a fixed price upfront.

    Of course, your best option here is public transport, unless you have accessibility issues or specifically need to go by car for some other reason.
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