The London Grill: Marie-Louise Samuels

We challenge our contributors to reply to ten devilishly probing questions about their London and we don’t take “Sorry Gov” for an answer. Everyone sitting in the hot seat they will face the same questions ranging from their favourite way to spend a day out in the capital to their most hated building on London’s skyline to find out what Londoners think about their city. The questions are the same but the answers vary wildly.

My name is Marie-Louise, and I am a London Black Cab driver. I have been a cabbie for just over four years and I absolutely LOVE my job, making passengers smile and giving them a great lasting impression of me! I’m not the usual type of cab driver that you would expect when you hail me down. You will be met with a welcoming smile and big positive, vivacious energy, my flamboyant personality is as much versatile as my dress sense. I enjoy travelling, learning new things, as I don’t know it all and laughing as it’s good for the soul, try it!

What’s your secret London tip?

My secret London tip is to get lost! You’ll find out so many new things or may end up in a bar or two!

What’s your secret London place?

My secret London place wouldn’t be a secret now as you’re going to know! But as I’m one to share it would be Peckham Levels something about being in familiar territory.

What’s your biggest gripe about London?

London’s cycle lanes the length of a car space but are not being used! Take Euston underpass for one, get rid of the lane and revert it to its original two lanes and get London moving again – well eastbound anyway.

What’s your favourite building?

My favourite building or one of them is the Shard! Been there a few times and the view of London/surrounding areas is amazing even better at night.

What’s your most hated building?

Most hated building in London? I don’t have one! I reckon if you give them a good clean then they would look nicer, well to look at anyway.

What’s the best view in London?

The best view in London as told by a passenger would be in Highgate (Southwood Lane), you can see the Dartford Crossing without wincing, but the view is amazing.

What’s your personal London landmark?

My personal landmark is the buildings in Canary Wharf, just something about staring at it from Greenwich or from the Emirates Air Cable gives me at ease love my city vibes.

What’s London’s best film, book or documentary?

London’s best film for me personally is Rocks (2020), it gives a true reflection of London where I grew up and have come to know.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Balthazar in Covent Garden.

How would you spend your ideal day off in London?

I would usually spend my day off by going to the gym and getting a workout done as it helps me start my day off right and then go catch a film as I like to keep on top of the latest films. I then go to my favourite place in London which is Southbank, taking a long stroll down the Embankment, watching everyone around me go by and take in the incredible London sights, grab a coffee and not think about work or being in my cab!! There’s so much to appreciate around us and some parts you can’t get to in a cab.

2 thoughts on “The London Grill: Marie-Louise Samuels”

  1. Peckham Levels wasn’t around when my mum lived on Nunhead Green. I agree about the South Bank. It is often overlooked by Londoners, but there is a lot to see and do amid all that concrete.
    Cheers, Pete.


    1. I hate to admit it, but one of my favourite places in London is Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, I’ve even been known to take a fare there!

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