Needed to get to "the Bank" area in the city, front desk told me I would never get a black cab in the morning, it was too busy, this turned out to be a lie, as the main road outside has a constant stream going past on the other side of road, and that they were expensive. He said it would be cheaper for him to get me a mini cab. I asked how much and was quoted £25, when we arrived the driver demanded £35. I hailed a black cab for the return journey the same distance went £17 on his meter. I spoke to the driver on the trip and he told me that this hotel is renowned for this trick, it's why you rarely see a black cab on the rank outside, as any job that isn't local goes to the front of house staffs favoured mini cab firm, with a proportion going there way. I complained to the staff and was fobbed off.
If you need a cab, hail one from the road outside, the driver of a black cab told me you shouldn't wait more than a minute. Back to Terminal 3 Heathrow the hotel had already quoted me £60, I used a black cab and the fare was £46.
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