Video: Round-world black cab journey ends in London - with £80k fare!

08:33 14 May 2012

Paul Archer, Johno Ellison and Leigh Purnell in London after their epic taxi adventure

Paul Archer, Johno Ellison and Leigh Purnell in London after their epic taxi adventure

Archant

Three friends have become the first to circumnavigate the globe in a black cab – running up the equivalent of an £80,000 meter fare!

Paul Archer, Johno Ellison and Leigh Purnell spent 15 months on their record-breaking journey around the world.

They arrived back at Folkestone in Kent from where the hardy ‘Hannah’ – their weather-beaten, 20-year-old K-reg black cab - trundled the remaining 70 miles up the M20 to a homecoming reception of fellow cabbies on the cobbled piazza of London’s Covent Garden, where their extraordinary trip began in February, 2011.

The trio – who have raised more than £20,000 for charity – clocked over 43,000 miles across four continents and 50 different countries.

Along the way they smashed world records for the longest ever journey by taxi (beating the record set in 1991), the first circumnavigation of the globe in a black cab and the world’s highest taxi journey (the crew reached Mount Everest’s base camp in the cab, some 5,300 metres above sea-level).

Their remarkable journey saw them negotiate herds of Armenian sheep, get arrested in Moscow and even detained by the Iranian secret police where Paul was subsequently deported as a suspected spy.

They even got stuck on the border of Moldova with the wrong visa but managed to negotiate their way into the country as one of their friends’ mums knew the president.

Five per cent of this monster taxi bill will be footed by Get Taxi and donated to the British Red Cross as part of the It’s On The Meter expedition.

The trip, intended originally as a London to Sydney excursion, saw the lads successfully raise £15,000; £5,000 short of their ultimate goal.

To make up for the shortfall, Get Taxi is pledging £1 to the British Red Cross every time their cab app is downloaded via iTunes.

Watch the video on this page to see footage from the epic adventure.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 16:44
Lutfur Rahman's tweet

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has ordered the Palestinian flag to be flown from the Town Hall.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:26
The super-cute miniscule monkey currently measures just three inches tall (Picture: ZSL London Zoo)

The newest arrival at ZSL London Zoo measures just three inches tall and was spotted by keepers clinging tightly onto her mum during their daily rounds.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:59
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A war memorial in south London was set on fire by vandals just days before the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

Yoou might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more