The ultimate black cabs to hire for TV programmes
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
The team at The London Cab Company appreciate that the traditional black cab taxi is synonymous with London, and that's one of the reasons these cabs are in such high demand for TV programmes and film production. Check out our recent blog on reasons to hire iconic black taxi cabs for filming.
Finding the best London taxi cabs for TV programmes
Obviously finding the right black cabs for TV programmes will depend on your screenplay, required locations and sets, and the era you're portraying. However, the wide range of cabs for hire from The London Cab Company offers you lots of choices. We can even help you source vintage cabs for period dramas, if required, due to our trade contacts and in-depth knowledge. Many cabbies are true enthusiasts and own their own vintage vehicles, so we know where we can go to find the black cab you need.
About the black cab, London
The traditional look and profile of the London black cab evolved around 1948; with the launch of the FX series from The London Taxi Corporation Ltd (now known as LEVC). This black cab design and interior layout have changed very little over the years, and, along with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, is an instantly recognizable feature of the city of London.
London cabs have been used in a variety of movies and TV programmes; from popular Carry On comedies right through to soaps, such as East Enders. It's also hardly surprising that a variety of London cabs displayed on Union Jack staging were used during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.
What does it take to become a London cab driver?
Even in the modern era, learning the "Knowledge" is still essential for all London black cab drivers. This intensive cabbie training can take up to four years to complete and involves learning routes and streets of the city within a six-mile radius of the Charing Cross area. Potential cabbies can travel up to 20,000 miles by moped acquiring the "Knowledge", alongside hundreds of hours poring over maps of the city to find the quickest journeys.
It's hardly any surprise that no more than 25% of applicants actually finish the training and go on to become licensed black cab drivers. Training also entails learning local points of interest, so that drivers can provide visitors with anecdotes and information throughout their journeys. Trainee cab drivers may need 20 or more verbal tests before being accepted as a cab driver by Transport for London. These tests involve providing examiners with a verbal explanation of the most direct route between two city-centre locations.
Why choose The London Cab Company for your TV cab hire?
If you're looking for black cabs for your TV programme, don't hesitate to get in touch with The London Cab Company today. We provide black cabs and action vehicles, alongside experienced cab drivers. This ensures the most authentic filming, and you can rest assured all our drivers are thoroughly CRB checked and vetted.
It's highly likely that the black cabs you've seen in music videos, commercials, films, and TV programmes were supplied by us. We're the foremost supplier of London cabs, picture cars, and action vehicles for the UK film and movie sector, and we also hire out taxis for PR exercises, corporate events, and special occasions, such as weddings. All our taxi cabs are affordable, and we go the extra mile to ensure you receive the service you need. Get in touch today to find out more.