London has a labyrinth of disused tunnels. In this Guest Post from Taxi Leaks the licensed taxi trade’s leading website. Dave Davis has come up with a novel way of protecting cyclists while freeing up some much needed space on […]
For a building built 50 years ago the BT Tower looks remarkably modern, entering the generous foyer it could be any number of offices that proliferate in this corner of Fitzrovia. It’s only when reaching the central core you realise […]
At the Tate Gallery among the paintings by Constable and Monet was a sight stranger than any picture by Jackson Pollock which would later adorn its walls. Wearing his pyjamas an off-duty policeman dived into the 8ft deep flooded basement […]
One of my favourite London films is Brannigan, starring John Wayne as a Chicago detective. It is as if Visit London had commissioned Paul Greengrass to direct a travel documentary aimed at American tourists. Fast paced it has The Duke […]
Here is more proof that old cabs never due, they just become food retail outlets. This occasional series features innovative uses for London cabs once Boris has deemed them ‘unfit for purpose’. Today features [...]
We challenge our contributor to reply to ten devilishly probing questions about their London and we don’t take “Sorry Gov” for an answer. Everyone sitting in the hot seat will face the same questions [...]
Whoever have guessed? You approach Rainham Marshes through a dystopian world with dozens of large lorries thundering past decrepit industrial units complete with power lines overhead. This must be one of the grimiest areas [...]
Like many I love an urban myth: pigeons knowingly travelling on the tube; Jimi Hendrix was responsible for releasing the original breeding pair of parakeets; or cabbies have to keep a bale of straw [...]
On Admiralty Arch is a small nose said to be Lord Nelson's second nose - it's not. Placed there in 1997 by an artist as a form of protest
What I’m Reading
A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters by Travis Elborough
You don't really read this book, the best way to approach A London Year is to peruse it daily to see what others have
written about the current date. For it is an anthology of short diary entries, one or more for each day of the year,
which, taken together, provides an impressionistic portrait of life in the city from Tudor times to the 21st century. There are more than 200 featured writers evoking moments in London from coronations to executions, election riots and duels, dust-ups and drunken sprees, among everyday moments is this ever-changing city.
Views of London
Radio Taxis are offering cash prizes for the best photos of our capital: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, iconic landmarks or just spontaneous moments, in short the heart of London. Just click on the image below to enter.
For almost a century this plucky little structure has stood its ground. It looks like the final shot of an Ealing comedy -
but its story is a triumph of the individual over corporate bullying. Click on the picture to read its fascinating story
and how you can save this building from the developers.
Save London’s Iconic Cabs
Scrap the age limit on London taxi cabs. London’s taxi drivers would love to replace their current vehicles with ones that are fully electric or zero emissions capable, but these vehicles are not currently available. Taxi drivers must scrap their 15 year old vehicles, even though they meet current standards.
Please sign this petition to get the age limit on London’s Black cabs removed. If a London Taxi is fit for purpose and passes current emission standards it should be allowed to stay on the road.