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The Black Cab

The Black Cab
London taxi outside Cafe Royal ©www.britainonview.com

The black cab – a well-loved sturdy English icon as synonymous with London’s cityscape as Big Ben and the red Routemaster bus. Indeed, the two iconic vehicles spend most of their time jostling for road space and passengers, the blurred swathes of black against red offering a common and comforting sight for locals and tourists alike.

The distinctive shape and style of the modern black cab dates back to 1948 and it’s long been renowned for its longevity and robust ability. London prides itself on having the best taxi service in the world and for many the Austin black cabs (although not all of them are black) go hand in hand with reliability and quality.

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry