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Q&A with a Cabbie - Simon from Essex

This week we talk to Simon from Essex a former Rolls Royce mechanic & who drives around in his cab dressed up as Spiderman...

1. Why did you become a London Taxi driver?

Seemed a good profession all those years ago. It still is, just different from when I began.

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

I was a fully qualified Rolls Royce mechanic.


3. What do you love most about London?

Looking up at an old building and seeing something you haven't noticed before.

4. What do you most dislike about London?

Some shocking driving!

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

Day man, I’ve never been able to sleep past 6am in the morning, even when I've been out in cab till 2/3am

6. What is your favourite place or view?

The view across London from Alexandra palace is wonderful. 

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

The story of the unknown warrior always makes me proud to be British https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unknown_Warrior worth a read.

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

There have been so many over the years & most have been pleasant, one was not and I've heard from others that it wasn't just me. It would be wrong of me to reveal who… lovely jubbly.

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

Now is the time to come clean on possibly the most embarrassing cab job I've done in my 27years driving...?

On one of the radio circuits many years ago, a filming job came up & an advertising company were vying for the first Spider-Man movie contract and needed a driver to dress up in the Spider-Man outfit to drive a cab and film it. Of course I presumed it would be somewhere remote, so I took the job. The costume was somewhat revealing to say the least, no prizes for guessing which side I dressed on!! Still, no one would see me, or so I thought, then they revealed the true horror of what they expected!! For the next 2 hours I had to drive around central London in full costume and with the occasional photo shoot, once across the road from a building site, the wolf whistles from the builders on the scaffold still reverberate in my head. it was the longest 2 hours of my life, I still break out in cold sweats thinking about it!! 

10. What tips would you give to a tourist?

Try some of the lesser museums, The Wallace collection (Manchester square) or The Sir john Soames (Lincoln inn fields) are quirky and free

Thank you Simon, a great story about Spiderman, that really made us laugh