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Q&A with a Cabbie - Divyesh from Croydon

1. Why did you become a London Taxi driver ?

I became a taxi driver cos I was caring for my poorly Mum, who needed care round the clock & driving a taxi would give me the flexibility & allow me to look after her. I did the yellow badge 1st as I couldn't dedicate the time needed for green badge whilst caring for my Mum

 

2. What did you do before you became a Taxi driver ?

I was working in a shop prior to becoming a taxi driver

 

3. What do you love most about London ?

The thing I love about London most is the cosmopolitan nature & multiculturalism of the City. And the sheer relentless energy of the place

 

4. What do you most dislike about London ?

As am getting older, and becoming more of an outdoors person, I find the quality of life in London is poor as you're constantly on the go

 

5. Are you a day man or night man reason why ?

Night man. I could only work nights when I looked after my mum (I'd work while she slept) and I guess I just got used to that. I find nights more exciting & colourful. London comes alive

 

6. What is your favourite place or view ?

The St Pancras station without doubt. What a fabulous building. So majestic & beautiful

 

7. Have you got an interesting fact about London that others may not know ?

This is a very poor attempt by me, but I genuinely can't think of any. 

 

8. Who's the most famous passenger you've had in your Taxi ?

I think it’s probably, Dermot O'Leary.  A really nice bloke

 

9. Have you got an interesting story about a passenger or job you've done ?

Got a few interesting ones working nights but couldn't possibly tell you!

 

10. What tips would you give to a tourist ?

London is a fabulous melting pot of cultures & food. Enjoy every bit of it. Visiting once probably is never going to be enough so make plans to visit again. And always use a black cab