The Knowledge of London… Training to be a London Cabbie

My Experience of the Process

London’s cabbies are famous for having ‘The Knowledge‘; an intimate understanding of the capital’s routes, roads and places of interest.

Involving a huge amount of practical study, along with endless revision work and a continuous stream of vigorous verbal examinations, the Knowledge is a real marathon, the acquirement of which takes several years, plenty of frustration and many ups and downs. 

The Knowledge area… 

What follows is my own personal account of the process… the highs and lows, the setbacks, the terror of regular examinations… and of course the sheer joy when I was finally told I’d passed.

It’s quite a long story, so I’ve divided my experiences into several chapters. If you have any questions about the Knowledge, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Part One: A brief history and overview… and my ‘acceptance interview’
Part Two: The Early Stages
Part Three: Learning the Streets by Night…
Part Four: Learning the Streets by Night continued
Part Five: Let the Exams Commence
Part Six: Exams… and a Brain Experiment!
Part Seven: Approaching the End… and a Setback…
Part Eight: Receiving the Coveted Green Badge
Part Nine: Remembering My First Day as a London Cabbie

11 responses

  1. […] The Knowledge of London… Training to be a London Cabbie; my experience of the process […]

  2. […] The Knowledge of London… Training to be a London Cabbie; my experience of the process […]

  3. Thanks so much for this wonderful work you put up here. I am a new student of the knowledge. This piece is a great in sight to me. Thanks. Wish me Luck like your self PLEASE. Thanks again Sir. God bless us.

    1. Thank you, bature. Good luck with your studies.

  4. […] read a thing about the Knowledge quite a while ago:…f-the-process/ Worth a look. Pity so many cabbies loose all empathy with other road […]

  5. hello i want a taxi drive in london

  6. Heard you on American radio this evening. Very entertaining. Thank you.

    1. Hi Danny, thank you so much for the kind words. I was kind of nervous I must admit, so it’s nice to know you enjoyed it! Thanks again.

  7. I would like to know if there are suburban cabbies who can help answers some questions for a sector 7 suburban knowledge boy.
    It’s really difficult to find info online

  8. […] The Knowledge of London: Training to be a London Cabbie […]

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