Ask people to think of London, and it’s likely they’ll mention a couple of things; Buckingham Palace, the Routemaster bus, tight lipped and oddly dressed guards, and the black cab. It’s this last icon that The Taxi Centre have looked into, following the history of the taxi from its introduction to Britain right through to Uber.
As it turns out, London’s taxis have a long, bumpy, and sometimes strange history. From the slave labour powered vehicles of Roman times, the “effeminate” reputation of the cab in Elizabethan times, and the surprising boxy vehicles favoured by Prince Philip, the infographic gives an insight into an less explored but vital part of the city’s history. Take a look below, and head over to The Taxi Centre to read more about the history of the black cab.