London has world's best cabs

London has topped a global poll as the best city in the world to take a taxi. Cabbies in the capital were seen as the friendliest and best drivers with the cleanest vehicles.

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Drivers 'dedication and pride' key to London's taxi experience

"Once again, the expertise, professionalism and in depth knowledge of our great city has seen London's taxi drivers voted as the best in the world. Clearly, their friendliness, dedication and pride in the trade, helps visitors not only get to their destination quickly and safely, but enhances the whole experience of a visit to London."

– Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association

"Scenic route" biggest gripe for London passengers

Despite being voted the world's favourite taxis, passengers in London said their biggest frustration with taking a cab in the city is drivers taking a longer route to get a higher fare.

Value for money was one of only two categories London didn't come top in, the other being availability. Bangkok's famous tuk-tuks won out on cheapness - though their drivers were voted the worst overall.

London's taxis voted the world's best

Taxis outside Paddington station Credit: Reuters

London has been voted the world's favourite city to take a taxi, in a survey of over 2500 people from 30 different countries by Hotels.com.

The capital's cabbies were seen as the most friendly as well as having the cleanest taxis, the best knowledge of their area, and being the safest and best drivers.

They even beat New York's iconic yellow taxis to the top spot.

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