: ' the knowledge'

Have you got The Knowledge?

She describes her blog as: ‘A city through the eyes of a girl who’s not sure how she ended up here’. For someone who is unsure of her place in the Metropolis, Flora, author of The [...]

Mr. Ormes’s parrot

This time of year many are nervously in the throes of examinations fever. It’s an annual ritual performed for generations. Today with nothing better I can think to write about I’ll return to being examined while [...]

Fare grounds

Mirroring many traditional skills the cab trade is facing fierce competition, just as steel making and motor car manufacturing did in the 1980s the licensed London cabbie is under threat. It is a sad fact that [...]

The Knowledge Alphabet

Today we have a guest post from @knowledgeboy10 whose blog London Taxi Knowledge records his journey that starts with buying a scooter to hopefully receiving his Green Badge so he can work as an all London [...]

A little Knowledge

There are apocryphal tales of Knowledge students trying to learn about London from the top of a bus. Another tale has it that a student only studied the A-Z maps, but as the fictional Mr Burgess [...]

Knowledgeable mnemonics

  Acronyms By taking the first letters we have created: WASP The four streets that go from St. Leonard’s Terrace to South Kensington Junction – Walpole Street, Anderson Street, Sloane Avenue and Pelham Street. CAB Chelsea, [...]

Those were the days

Stan decided to start The Knowledge in the 1950s. Here is his story . . . It was the first week of January 1957 and I had decided to do ‘The Knowledge’. I had found myself [...]

Blue Book Run 320

here are over 24,000 licensed taxi drivers in London; and in order to ply for hire every single one of them, like every one of their predecessors has had to pass an exam called “The Knowledge [...]

Memory Men

ou have to feel sorry for high achievers like Lord Winston. They work hard all their lives and reach the top of their respective professions. Then they find themselves sitting down to dinner with a London Cabbie, [...]

Cabbie’s aide-memoiré

London’s licensed black taxis have been voted by a very large margin, the best cabbies in the world, according to a poll published recently. We are famed for our knowledge of the city and our ability [...]