: ' London cabbies'

Oral history of the cabbie

These are the stories of London and Londoners, new and old. Some take us back to a few years after the last war when many of the drivers were Jewish [...]

Twenty-one today

It will mean punters with animals, the disabled, especially those in wheelchairs, cyclists with punctures, and unaccompanied children will have no service to enable them to traverse London [...]

Sliding Windows

In a rebranding exercise London Transport became Transport for London and retired police officers at the Carriage Office were replaced by pseudo civil servants [...]

Conversations in a cab

Londoners, it would seem, have certain behaviours when it comes to entering a cab, when I last wrote about cab etiquette it was mainly as a guide for visitors. Londoners sitting alone in the back of the [...]

The end of the road

This week could mark the beginning of the end for the black cab. This unique London icon, loved and loathed in equal measure, started its journey during the Commonwealth when Oliver Cromwell licensed cabbies. The modern cabbie [...]

A look at life

Once in a while a nugget comes along which encapsulates the raison d’être of CabbieBlog. This 1960s gem gives an insight of a lost London: few cars; drab dirty buildings; and a commentary spoken in received [...]

Hire today, gone tomorrow

Recently I went to see the summer blockbuster film Jurassic World. Coming out of the cinema it occurred to me that the film was a perfect metaphor for the demise of the London cab trade and [...]

Fit for purpose?

This week I was reading my Sunday paper. Usually the financial pages are littered with tales of people losing their life savings, the result of Ponzi schemes, junk bonds, or just fraud. So it came as [...]

Female London Cabbies

What is it really like being a female black cab driver? Clegg Gifford interviewed Stella Wood to find out what life is like as a female cabby Earlier this month, Clegg Gifford interviewed Stella Wood to [...]

Victorian Public Transport

A Government White Paper of 1895 entitled The Cab and Omnibus Trades stated: “The cabman’s trade is one to which all sorts of men find their way. Many an educated man, who can do nothing else [...]