September 16th, 2014
The knowledge of London is all about getting that elusive green badge so you can become a London taxi cab driver. When people are starting the knowledge of London they will need various tools to help them and the first and probably the most important is the blue book runs. Now people always want the cheapest and there are runs out there at varying prices from as little as £8 right up to £80 or more.
The thing is they all do the same thing, that is show you how to get from one point to another using the shortest route possible, so which runs do you choose? well if you are new to the knowledge of London then it probably won’t matter too much which runs you use, if you are working with a friend who is using runs from a particular place then it’s probably best to get the same runs as they may vary slightly in which route they take.
So how up to date are blue book runs? Well this is always a bit of a contentious issue because things change all the time so road closures etc will mean you would have to take a slightly different route. This is not a problem, you simply make the changes on the paper, then when you get home you simply update the runs yourself meaning that next time you go out you will have a fresh up to date run.
OK so that is fine if you have the blur book runs in digital format but if you have them on paper then you would end up with very messy runs full of scribbles and notes so the best thing to do is get the runs in digital format so you can update them as you go. You can also make as many notes and changes as you like because when you have made the necessary changes the runs will be fresh and clean of any notes or changes you have made.
You can get the runs instantly by downloading them from taxi-knowledge.co.uk Click Here to download the blue book runs now or you can purchase below and get a complete pack with lots of more information than just the runs.
September 12th, 2014
You can get the full set of blue book runs for the knowledge of London on your mobile and android devices. This means you can revise wherever you are without having to have a computer or worse still stacks of paper.
So what devices can the blue book runs be used on? well just about any go to Amazon and check out their free apps for pretty much all devices such as iPad, iPod touch, Android phones plus most tablets so you never need to be without your runs again.
You might have a long journey on a train for example or a long wait for an appointment, whatever the situation you don’t need to be sitting their bored you can actually crack on and be studying.
The other thing with getting the runs on your mobile is that they are a fraction of the cost and at around £8 they are very good value for money. Visit Amazon now and get the complete 320 runs for your mobile device and never be without the blue book runs again.
September 8th, 2014
If you are doing the knowledge or thinking about doing it then you would have heard about the blue book runs. The blue book runs are what knowledge boys and girls use as a guide for learning the streets and routes around a six mile radius of Charing Cross. The P.C.O or public carriage office issue knowledge students with a blue book that lists all of the 320 runs they they are required to learn. Although the blue book contains the list of runs it doesn’t actually show you the run itself, all the blue book does is give you point A to point B. You are supposed to learn the runs by actually doing them or in the old days you would use a method known as “cotton on” where you would put a piece of string on point A and then take it to point B and then try to get there by sticking as close to the string or straight line as possible. obviously doing it like this can take a long time so the best way to do it is to buy runs that have already been worked out. CLICK HERE to get a full set of blue book runs.
What these blue book runs do is show you exactly how to get from pint A to point B and which roads you use and whether you turn right or left into those roads. This is how you are expected to “call” the runs. Calling the runs is just the method by which you tested on your knowledge of London and you need to be able to call runs as close to the straight line as you can. The first run in the blue book is Manor House to Gibson Square.
The old runs used to have 400 routes listed but the carriage office has reduced this down to 320 blue book runs. Although it is 80 runs less this does not mean it is easier to become a London taxi driver and it certainly doesn’t make doing the knowledge any easier. The blue book runs are just a guide you will need to learn the whole of the 6 mile radius so you will be covering more than 320 routes. When you go for your talk at the P.C.O you will be given the blue book that contains the runs, but you will only have the point to point. You will need to get a copy of the actual runs from places like www.taxi-knowledge.co.uk
September 4th, 2014
The blue book runs are what you need to learn in order to become a London taxi driver, there are 320 runs in the blue book but you need to learn more than that. The runs are just a guide, you need to and will learn the whole of the 6 mile radius. What is the 6 mile radius? it’s exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a six mile radius from Charing cross.
Why are they called blue book runs, simply because when you apply to become a London taxi driver the P.C.O or Public Carriage Office will issue you with a little book that has a list of all the runs and yes it’s blue. Although this little blue book lists all the runs it doesn’t actually give you the run so what you would have to do is either work out the shortest route for yourself and then go and do it so you learn it or you get a copy of the taxi runs that have already been done for you. You would still have to go out and do the runs as that is the only way you will learn London. Below is an example of doing a run, this is the first run in the blue book, Manor House to Gibson Square:
You would need to do the whole of the blue book which consists of 320 runs, but remember when you are on your appearances you can be asked to take them from any point to any point within that six mile radius. You can get a copy of the runs Here
August 31st, 2014
When learning to become a London taxi driver you will get your blue book runs and you will have to learn these 320 runs, plus more. Another thing to remember are points. What are points?, well they are simply “points” of interest such as hotels, statues etc. Now obviously there are literally thousands of points in the six mild radius so learning them on their own would be a very big task. If however you look for points when doing the blue book runs it’s not so much of a chore. When you buy your runs most of them will have points at the beginning of the run and at the end of the run so what you need to do is have a quick look for those points and make a mental note of them. Once you are doing the blue book runs runs you will be going over the same street again and again so you will start to see points naturally.
What a lot of people once they have completed the 320 blue book runs is to go out purely pointing, this simply means you go out on your bike and spot as many points as you can handle. Obviously you don’t want to over do it or you will be cramming too much in and this won’t help you retain the information. A lot of the points are pretty obvious and you will already know lots and lots after completing the runs so when you go out “pointing” you will be looking for the less obvious and less easy to find points. You can download a list of over 30,000 points instantly from Here. The best way to have points is either the full address or at least have a post code, of course this is good for a lot of points but many will not have addresses or post codes and will be harder to find and many will require you to get off your bike and walk to find them. I suppose your wondering if this is all necessary, well in a word… yes!.
August 27th, 2014
When you first see the full list of blue book runs it can seem a very daunting task to complete the full 320 runs in the book. What makes it even more daunting is the fact that you will have to learn more than those 320 runs before you can get your green badge and become a London Taxi Driver. The 320 runs are just the start and they are there to get you going but you need to learn every route within the 6 mile radius. Don’t forget you will also have to remember and find a lot of points, what are points?. Points are points of interest that you are expected to learn, so for example Nelsons Column, that is a point but so is the PC Blakelock Memorial as is the Savoy Hotel. these are simply places or sites that a customer may want to be taken to.
People often ask how long it takes to become a London taxi driver and also how easy is it to fail the knowledge. Well the time scale depends on you but you are looking at between 3 and 5 years to get your green badge. As for can you fail, well the only way you will not pass the knowledge is if you give up. If you stick with it and get the work done you will pass eventually, it just takes some longer than other.
August 23rd, 2014
You can purchase a set of the blue book runs below, simply add them to your bag and then go to check out. You can pay with PayPal or simply use a credit or debit card. If you would prefer, choose “Phone Order” and someone will ring you to take your details. Make sure you add a phone number when filling in your details so we can contact you to take payment.
You don’t need a PayPal account to buy with PayPal simply add the products below then once at the PayPal payment page just choose the “Pay with a credit or debit card”. All payments are taken over PayPal’s secure networks and are 100% safe and secure. the file will be delivered on a CD and contain everything you will need to get you through the knowledge.
You can also get a blue book runs pdf download if you visit www.taxiknowledge.co.uk
August 19th, 2014
You can get all the latest blue book runs for the knowledge of London and pay using your PayPal account. Even you if you don’t have a PayPal account you can still get your copy of the runs using PayPal all you need is a credit or debit card and when you get to the PayPal site just click the link to pay without an account. Get your copy of the Blue Book Runs today and pay a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere.
You most likely pay between £60 and £80 for a complete set of runs, well you can get them in digital format for less than half that Visit the site and see for yourself. You can also get the Complete Pack for less than you will pay for just the runs from other places.
The complete pack consists of all the blue book runs plus much much more, you will get a list of over 30,000 points, a list of blue plagues, embassies, restaurants, theatres, police memorials, museums London squares, over 30 blank maps plus a list of statues in London.
This is all valuable information and more or else all you will need to know to get you through the taxi knowledge of London. So if you want to get all this and want to use money from your PayPal account then no problem just add to your cart and when you go to checkout simply select PayPal as your payment option. Like I said you can also use PayPal without the need to have an account, a lot of people don’t realise this but you will see the option to pay without an account on the PayPal page when you click to pay.
Click Here to get the complete pack and save yourself a tidy sum.
August 15th, 2014
There are lots of places selling the knowledge of London blue book runs but who sells the cheapest runs? Most places will only have the blue book runs on paper and this can work out very expensive and actually work out even more expensive should you have to replace them due to damage or loss. The cheapest way to get the knowledge runs is to get them in digital format, either on CD or download them direct. You can see the link on the right for the either just the runs or you might want to get the full pack for an even better deal. Simply add them to you “bag” then “checkout”. You can either get them on a CD or we can send them right away via e-mail.
There is an even cheaper and I feel better way to get the blue book runs and that is to get them for the Kindle, iPhone, iPad and also android devices. Click Here to get the runs for under £10 and take them with you wherever you go. On the train, on the bus, waiting at the doctors or just chilling in the garden.
August 11th, 2014
You can now take the blue book knowledge runs with you wherever you go by simply buying them for the Kindle. This is great idea so you can revise the runs no matter where you are, on the train, the bus, in the garden relaxing or just chilling in bed you will always have the runs at hand, Click Here now to see some samples and get your copy.
With more and more people using Kindle devices it seemed logical that the runs should be available and not only they the book is cheaper on the Kindle, a lot cheaper. You can expect to pay around £80 for a full set of runs on paper and anything from £15 to £25 for them in digital format but with the Kindle book you get them for less than £9, this is truly a bargain.
We all know doing the knowledge can be a chore and finding the time to revise the runs is always going to be a pain but not with the Kindle version because you will always have them to hand. Click Now and get your copy