: ' london taxis'

Cabbie’s dead end

The hapless cabbie must have thought it just wasn’t his day, his brush with death – whilst driving his cab [...]

Un-Fare: Sacrificed At The Green Altar

The London taxi will become nothing more than a curious antiquity [...]

Hackney Carriages

ackney, this impoverished region of east London, was probably unknown to most of the world before the Olympic Games Committee decided its marshes would make a rather splendid place to hold the next Games. The term [...]

The Curious Case of the Growler

For many of us, our introduction to the Hansom Cab came as we first read the works of Dr John Watson about his sometime companion Sherlock Holmes [...]

Taxi! Taxi!

This remarkable film from the old Rank Organisation shows how much the cab trade has changed over the years. The most obvious difference is that cabbies worked for a garage while nowadays all London cabbies are [...]

MegaBooth Taxi

This started as the occasional post about conversions of retired cabs that have been deemed as unfit for purpose by Transport for London. But I am discovering so many ingenious ways that have turned redundant vehicles [...]

1 in 60

It’s not far away! Soon the London media will be crammed with stories about Christmas: will companies be putting on a bash for a job well done; what to wear; how to stay sober; and that [...]

Campin’ Cabs

There’s an apocryphal story of an old cabbie that would sleep in Heathrow Airport’s feeder rank sitting in the back of his cab hunched over a primus stove cooking his full English. A Carriage Officer who [...]

Cabbie’s dead end

Driving a cab in the 19th century must have been a pretty tough occupation, so it’s hardly surprising that George Smith would like to ‘fortify’ himself before starting work, but in so doing history was made [...]

Stamp of approval

As it makes its swan song on London’s streets the ‘classic’ taxi is getting the recognition it rightfully deserves from an organisation whose own future is also uncertain. The Royal Mail recently issued a series of [...]