With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, drivers are gearing up for a busy day of ferrying lovers and singles around the city. FREE NOW, Europe’s leading mobility app, has predicted taxi bookings to increase by 33 per cent on the 14th.
Putting their Knowledge to the test, cabbies are offering tips on how amorous Londoners can avoid the crowds and find London’s hidden romantic gems. From a walk along the canal in Little Venice, to exploring the tranquil Japanese gardens in Holland Park, these are cabbies’ top locations for Valentine’s Day 2020:
· Little Venice – explore the cafes and pubs and take a stroll along the canal
· Regents Park – take a walk around Regents Park and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see the giraffes feeding in London Zoo
· Camden passage – check out the markets in Camden passage and bag yourself a bargain before enjoying a local craft beer
· Kyoto Gardens – discover the Japanese Kyoto gardens in Holland Park
· The Serpentine – wander round one of London’s largest lakes, sitting in the middle of Hyde Park
Scott H, a London cabbie comments: “I often get asked for suggestions from couples not knowing where they’d like to go. I normally recommend something a bit different, away from the traditional hotspots like the Southbank or The Shard in favour of a trip to the hidden gem that is the Royal Observatory in Greenwich – nothing more romantic than looking up at the stars together.
For couples that want to try something a bit different, I joke about going to dine in the dark where there’s no need to look into each other’s eyes. You’d be surprised at how many people have taken me up on that recommendation! However, things don’t always go to plan – I once drove a passenger who had a bad date, so I ended up with roses and chocolates for my wife instead!”
Passengers can also now choose to order an ‘eco cab’ on the app in an effort to reduce emissions in cities across the UK.