Learn the Knowledge of London

To become a London taxi driver you need to send us an application.

Find out about applying for a taxi driver licence.

Learning the Knowledge

Learning the Knowledge begins when you receive an introductory pack.

In this pack you will be given:

  • A copy of the guide to learning the Knowledge of London (the Blue Book)
  • A copy of the DVD Go Your Own Way
  • A booklet of advice on how to learn the Knowledge and how you will be assessed

The tests

When you have learned all the runs, you need to come to our office to be tested on the Knowledge.

The examination system consists of:

  • A basic written exam
  • A series of one-to-one interviews, called appearances. In these, you will be given the start and finish points of imaginary taxi journeys. You will have to describe the shortest route between them

You will also have to take a separate, practical taxi driving test.

Download a detailed description of the Knowledge test.

 Download a copy of the appearance guidance notes for examiners.

Knowledge of London students

You may want to attend one of several Knowledge schools to help you study for the test.

While you are studying the Knowledge of London you are obliged to notify us of any changes in your status.

Please log in to your customer account for any of the following queries:

  • Check the progress of your studies
  • Check your appearance dates
  • Provide further information such as Driving Standards Agency Certificate
  • Change your name or address
  • Notify us of any cautions, convictions or charges
  • Write to us or raise a query

You can also call us on 0343 222 4444 (TfL call charges).

Using a scooter

Almost all people who apply to become a licensed taxi driver and take the Knowledge of London exam use a scooter to help learn the runs.

For information about riding a scooter or bike safely visit ScooterSafe-London or BikeSafe-London.

Knowledge schools

To help you learn the Knowledge, there are a number of independent schools throughout London that provide teaching and support services.

All Knowledge schools are independent and not controlled or regulated by Transport for London.

Double K Knowledge School
Phone: 020 8308 0122/07595 600 016
Unit F17, Birch House
Birch Walk, Off Fraser Road
Kent DA8 1QX

E4 Knowledge School in Chingford
Email: e4kol@aim.com
Jubilee Sports Ground
The Avenue
Highams Park
London E4 9RZ

Eleanor Cross Knowledge School
Phone: 020 8960 9114
177 Kensal Road
London W10 5BJ
Eleanor Cross Knowledge School website

Knowledge For U
Phone: 07535 533 345
Dunbridge Street
Bethnal Green
London E2 6JG
Knowledge For U website

Phone: 07985 470 206
Twitter: @Knowledgepics

Knowledge Point School
Phone: 020 7700 5681/82/83
429-431 Caledonian Road
London N7 9BG
Taxi Trade Promotions website

The 5 Star Knowledge School
Bexley Football Club
St Marys Recreation Ground
Lesley Close
Bexley DA5 1LX

The London Knowledge School
Email: info@thelondonknowledgeschool.co.uk
Phone: 01375 371 247
Lawrence Trading Estate
Askew Farm Road
Essex RM17 5XE
The London Knowledge School

The Knowledge Practice
Twitter: @k_practice
Phone: 07940 396 738
Tooting Baptist Church
Longley Road
SW17 9LD

Phone: 07932 605 422
Karibu Education Centre
7 Gresham Road
London SW9 7PH

Sherbet London Knowledge College
Website: http://www.sherbetknowledge.com
Twitter: @SLKnowledge
Phone:0207 254 3849
Richmond Road Cab Centre
195 Richmond Road
London E8 3NJ

West London Knowledge School
Phone:020 8968 0575
35 Colville Road
W10 5BJ
West London Knowledge School website

Phone: 020 7093 0909
Unit 6 Barratt Industrial Estate
Gillender Street
London E3 3RE
WizAnn website

Yellow Badge East (sector 1)
Phone: 07963 082 390

Yellow Badge Knowledge Club
Phone:  07868 899 413
Footscray Rugby Club
239a Footscray Rd
New Eltham
London SE9 2EL
Yellow Badge Knowledge Club website


My Lines

My Buses

My Roads

My River Buses

My Emirates Air Line

My Journeys

My Places


    Favourite lines

    Favourite buses

    Favourite roads

    Favourite river buses

    Favourite Emirates Air Line

    Favourite journeys

    Favourite places