Friday 30 July 2010 7.49am
JBAR, hello and welcome.
I am a licenced taxi driver and the first thing I would say is that guessing a fare is a very difficult exercise.
As Sidi has already said, it depends a great deal on traffic, also on time of day, as traffic patterns vary throughout the day.
Tip) ALWAYS hail a taxi in the street, the meter will start at £2.20, if you or the hotel phones for one it is allowed to have a maximum of £4.00 on the meter at arrival, plus a £2.00 telephone charge.
The hotel would almost certainly use a local minicab firm, perfectly legal now, but they have no meters and will charge what they like if they have not already agreed a price with you, plus they are unable to use bus and taxi lanes and would inevitably be slower than a black cab, (providing the minicab driver knows where Leicester Sq. is.)
Leicester Sq. would be unlikely to go more than £9.00 - £12.00 unless something goes radically wrong.
Earls Court could be £18.00 - £24.00, same applies.
The 02 presents a problem as presumably you would be travelling there in the evening. Traffic can be mega in that direction between 16.00 - 19.00.
My best guess would be somewhere vaguely between £26.00 and £35.00. I must stress that these are all guesstimates and don't hold me to them. I don't like to encourage people to use other forms of transport, but Sidi's suggestion of using the Jubilee line from Southwark or London Bridge to the 02 is a sound one, it would almost certainly be faster as well as cheaper.
A word of warning though, when leaving the 02 you will be accosted by hordes of illegal unlicenced touts trying to get you to use their cars for the return trip, avoid them like the plague, most of them will never have heard of Union St. and will charge unsuspecting punters whatever they think the punter will stand for.
Probably £80.00 - £100.00
Fried breakfasts? No idea, does anyone other than truck drivers and building workers still eat them?
Kebabs? I've eaten them in upmarket restaurants in Athens, but the kind of establishment to which you are presumably referring symbolises chav city to me and are a definite no-no, but there are sure to be some on Borough High Street
You are unlikely to encounter football hooligans, just avoid London Bridge station on a match day if there is a heavy police presence there.
Enjoy your stay.