London is known for its endless iconic features, from the still-standing red telephone boxes, double-decker buses and of course, the London Underground.

But if there is one thing that is synonymous with the capital, it's the unforgettable black taxi cabs. 

Taxi cabs are often described as the saving grace of the capital's transport system, with reassurance that if you ever needed a ride, a cab would be just around the corner. 

Although the iconic taxis are often dismissed for their high prices many still use this transport, but not everyone leaves a tip.

Two South East London Boroughs named worst for tipping taxi drivers

New data found that two South East London boroughs are named amongst the worst tippers. 

Greenwich was named the third worst for tippers with just 22.1% of taxi users tipping their drivers whilst the borough of Bexley sees just 25% of taxi users tip their drivers. 

The data comes as London cab drivers face a growing number of threats to their livelihood.

Transport for London’s Finance Committee recently found that the number of licensed taxis in the capital has plunged by a quarter since 2020, as the post-pandemic shift to hybrid working erodes passenger numbers.

The analysis also found that the average gratuity paid to drivers across the capital was 10% or £3.10, and that passengers are most likely to leave a tip in the evening, between 7pm and midnight.

Research also shows that late-night revellers are the least likely to leave a tip, with the worst hours for tipping recorded between midnight and 5am. 

Richard Carter, Co-founder of Lopay said: “Taxis and minicabs are part of the lifeblood of the capital, keeping Londoners and visitors alike on the move. But while London’s black cabs are global icons, earning a living behind the wheel of one is getting steadily harder.

“Tips provide a welcome boost but, as our data shows, they can’t be relied upon. That’s why taxi drivers, like all small businesses right now, need to watch every penny at the point of sale.”