: ' London cabbies'

Aquatic cabbies of old

In their open boats exposed to the elements, they were a hardy breed who ferried people across the Thames in all weathers [...]

Victorian cab life

From about 1800 drivers had to be registered, of all places, the Sewers Office [...]

The Cab Driver Who Saved the World!

They said they were trying to stop a weekend of disasters forecast by astrologers because of a rare ‘line up’ in Space of five planets [...]

Victorian cabs and cabmen

At no time were cabman a popular class in London. Since the opening of the International Exhibition, they have become more unpopular than ever. Their life is a hard one; they constantly incline to take over-liberal [...]

Labouring the point

In fact, there is hardly a London cabbie who hasn’t dashed to the hospital with their passenger in labour or at least knows one [...]

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 [...]