London Taxi Hut in Universal Studios Florida
London Taxi Hut Description
The London Taxi Hut is a small green building on the London Waterfront with walk-up service. The menu consists primarily of stuffed jacket potatoes, bagged crisps (chips), bottled drinks, and canned British beer. In case you’re wondering, a "jacket" potato is a baked potato.
The London Taxi Hut is located on the London Waterfront in Universal Studios Florida. You'll find it across from Grimmauld Place near the Piccadilly Circus fountain and the entry for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
London Taxi Hut Menu With Prices
- Hot Dog with Crisps: $11.49
- Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese: $7.99
- Jacket Potato with Broccoli and Cheese: $7.99
- Shepherd's Pie Jacket Potato: $7.99
- Loaded Jacket Potato: $7.99
- Crisps: $3.25
- Bottled Tea: $3.99
- Bottled Juice: $4.29
- Bottled Water: $4.50
- Canned Beer: $7.49
*Menu last updated March 2017.
The London Taxi Hut usually opens at 11:00 am. Closing times vary, but this food counter is usually open until about one hour before park close.
Story Behind the London Taxi Hut
The London Waterfront in Universal Studios Florida contains several landmarks that you might see in London, including Wyndham’s Theater and the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain from Piccadilly Circus. This area also contains Number Twelve Grimmauld Place, the ancestral home of the Black family in the Harry Potter books and movies.
A lot of people wonder what the little green Taxi Hut has to do with any of these things. It is actually modeled after the many little green buildings that were erected by the Cabmen's Shelter Fund in London from 1875 and 1914 so that the drivers of hackney carriages (taxicabs) had a spot to stop, rest, and get something to eat. The little green shelters had tables, seats, books, newspapers, and an attendant who served the cabbies food and drinks. Each one could usually hold around a dozen people. Nowadays, just 13 of the huts are still standing in London.
We're not sure if the cabbies dined on jacket potatoes while they were in the huts, but in the mid-19th century, an estimated 10 tons of jacket potatoes were sold on the street by hawkers each day in London.