(Pocket-lint) - Chances are you've probably heard about Uber, but Uber isn't the only taxi app service you can use in London. In fact, there are several.
Many customers want the convenience of being able to request a ride via an app and pay for it using a stored card rather than standing on the pavement waving their arm up and down trying to flag an unoccupied taxi down, and taxi apps allow for that.
Here are the best taxi apps to get you around London. You might also find a couple of them work in other locations across the UK too so it's worth checking if you're outside of London.
Uber is available across the UK - not just London - and it allows users to choose from a number of different vehicles, including executive cars and larger cars for more people.
You can split the fare with anyone travelling with you that has an Uber account and schedule a ride so you know you always have a way of getting home. Cash isn't an option with Uber - you have to use a stored card for payment, but you can store multiple cards, as well as use services like Apple Pay.
As with other apps on this list, once you have requested a taxi through the Uber app, you will be able to see your driver making their way to your location in real time.
You may already know about Free Now as it used to be called Hailo before it changed to MyTaxi and now Free Now. It is available in several cities around the UK and over 100 cities across Europe.
Card information can be saved to the app so payments are quick and easy, and you get a receipt emailed straight to your inbox as soon as you reach your destination, which is handy for those business expenses.
The Free Now app will also show you where your cab is on its journey to pick you up and your driver will even wait for a couple of minutes for you to arrive without charging, perfect for saying those last goodbyes to friends.
Gett is available in eight cities around the UK and works in a similar way to Free Now. Like its rival, you request a ride from a London Black Cab, and Gett promises some of the fastest pick up times.
Several different types of car are available to request, from a regular Black Cab, to electric ones and ones designed to carry disabled passengers.
You can even book a future ride - as you can with Uber - and you'll be able to track your taxi on its way to you too with the real-time tracking map so you'll know when you need to start saying your goodbyes. While you can store card information to pay your driver if you don't have cash, you're also free to use any spare change you have in your wallet.
Bolt, like many of its rivals, is easy to use. Once you set it up, you type in where you want to go and the app will find you a ride, offering a number of vehicle options, as well as estimated prices for your journey - very similar to Uber.
You can store a number of cards within the app, allowing for easy payment and you can also view your trip history in your profile too, so you'll know exactly where you have been.
It's also possible to add home and work addresses to the Bolt app and you can toggle on Calendar Events to get destination shortcuts based on them. As with the other taxi apps, you can also see your driver's location in real time after they are on their way to pick you up.
You will no doubt have seen Addison Lee cabs around London. The private hire cab company offers 4G Wi-Fi in all of its cars as well as phone chargers, and always offers fixed prices and no surge pricing.
Pick up times may be a bit longer than some of its rivals, but Addison Lee prides itself on the quality of service you receive when your car does arrive.
Cabs can be booked up to three months in advance and the company also offers a same-day and next-day courier service of its own.