How Coronavirus Has Affected Taxi Services

During such unprecedented times, the future can be very difficult to forecast. Although events are very much still unfolding and the threat of a second wave looming, it’s clear to see the rather dramatic effect that COVID-19 has had on the likes of the taxi industry.

In most areas of the UK, shops and businesses spent at least 100 days of this year’s trading with their doors shut. Offices in cities and suburbs shut their doors and a max exodus took place with the vast majority of workers working from home where and when possible.

The likes of taxi services such as Uber and Lyft have felt the pressure however with huge funding behind them, the pressure remains just that, pressure. Whether they feel the full force of the pandemic with permanent repercussions remains to be seen but what we do know is the likes of Licensed London Cabs and smaller taxi services such as Woking Taxi, a local Woking-based taxi company, have been hit hard during this time.

Local Taxi Services Pull Through COVID-19

Many local taxi services have made huge adjustments to their services during the middle of the pandemic when taxi services were considered an essential trade. Despite their social distancing and safety measures, many still saw a huge dip with less and fewer people needing or in fact, wanting travel services.

Thankfully, companies such as Woking Taxi with the help of their friendly and familiar service, their professional drivers and of course their immaculately turned out cars, Woking Taxi Service has begun to see a turn in trade. As the country begins to slowly reopen, with shops, restaurants, pubs and bars slowly reopening, people are now beginning to use these local taxi services more and more.

Are Local Taxi Services Outshining The Likes Of Uber?

With this gradual increase in demand as the economy begins to reopen its doors, the question being asked is why local, smaller firms such as this are surviving such a huge impact? Could it be the personalised and familiar service that taxi firms such as these provide?

It could also very well be the fact that taxi services such as Licenced London Cabs, Woking Taxi or other local London taxi firms are far more regulated than the likes of Uber or Lyft who have come under fire in recent years for a lack of regulations and safety for customers.

Regardless, despite the incredible impact COVID-19 has had on the taxi industry as a whole, we’re incredibly pleased to see independent companies like Woking Taxi beginning to thrive once more, and long may it continue.

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London Trivia: Romantic assignations

On 2 August 1833, the famous entertainment venue, Vauxhall Gardens, had its most successful day when an astonishing 133,278 people arrived to visit its paths being noted for romantic assignations, watching tightrope walkers, hot-air balloon ascents, concerts and fireworks providing entertainment, and a statue depicting George Frederic Handel. In 1817 the Battle of Waterloo was re-enacted, with 1,000 soldiers participating in our victory.

On 2 August 1921 residents of Hackney and Upper Clapton were summoned to the North London Police Court, found guilty, they were fined for illegally watering their gardens

London’s oldest tree a 2,000 year old yew in St Andrew’s Totteridge churchyard was used as the venue for an early type of magistrate’s court

Covent Garden takes its name from when the area was walled off as a garden for Westminster Abbey and the convent on the site

London’s first pedestrian refuge island was financed by a Colonel Pierpoint stepping back to admire his creation he was knocked down by a cab

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon at Edward VII’s wedding was so boring the orchestra started playing to drown him out

The Duke of Wellington has the unique honour of having two equestrian statutes of him erected in central London

Britain’s first bagel bakery opened in 1855 – it still is open every day of the year 24 hours a day in Brick Lane

Montague Burton set up a chain of shops selling 30/- suits, upper floors were builliard halls for use by customers as they waited for their clothes to be altered

On 2 August 1870 Tower Subway opened under the Thames becoming the world’s first underground railway, carrying up to 12 passengers at a time

Twining Teas opened 1707 on the Strand selling tea to Queen Anne, it’s the oldest business in Britain operating from their original premises

The former Abbey National Building Society (now Santander) was founded in a Baptist chapel in Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood

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Free time quiz

Many of you are still not working, or a least not commuting, so with more time of your hands, to wile away your enforced free time CabbieBlog gives you 20 questions about London, no prizes, just the satisfaction of being as knowledgeable as a London cabbie.

If you have been paying interest to the daily trivia posted @cabbieblog you should know most of the answers.

But don’t worry you can find the answers lower down beneath, and don’t forget weekly trivia is posted every Sunday. Check it out to arm yourself with enough knowledge to try next quiz.

Good Luck!


Questions

1. Where in London is the only statue Britain has of George I?

(a) The crypt of Westminster Abbey
(b) On the lawn at Buckingham Palace
(c) At the top of St. George’s steeple in Bloomsbury


2. At the rear of what is now, the British Museum was once known as the Field of the Forty Footsteps. Why?

(a) A distressed nun is seen to walk stepping backwards and forwards on the same places
(b) A duel between two brothers over a girl which left their footprints on the grass for years afterwards
(c) The size of the field is exactly forty footsteps square (size 10 boots)


3. Doggett’s Coat and Badge are two items to be worn by which Londoners?

(a) Novice Beefeaters wear both during their first year at the Tower of London
(b) They were rescued during the Great Fire of London from a member’s of The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors and are displayed at their livery company hall
(c) They are given to the winner of a rowing race on the Thames


4. Author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe unsuccessfully ran what business in Stoke Newington?

(a) A horse stabling yard
(b) Harvested eels from a nearby pond
(c) Bred civets to manufacture perfume


5. It’s 1868 and you’re at the junction of Great George Street and Bridge Street approaching Westminster Bridge. What do you see?

(a) Anthony Trollop’s new red postbox
(b) A red telephone box
(c) The world’s first set of traffic lights


6. What is unusual about 23 and 25 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater?

(a) They are just façades like a film set
(b) They are the narrowest inhabited houses in London
(c) They have a unique postcode


7. The Bevis Marks synagogue had an unusual beginning. What?

(a) Its first rabbi was a Christian convert
(b) It was built by a Quaker
(c) The site was originally to be an abattoir


8. Between 1827 and 1851 Marble Arch was located where?

(a) At the entrance of Regent’s Park
(b) It spanned the narrower Park Lane
(c) Outside Buckingham Palace


9. Who, or what was Jimmy Garlick?

(a) A laxative used in 16th century London
(b) A Victorian murderer
(c) A medieval mummy


10. While attempting to flee the country disguised as a sailor, who was caught at the Town of Ramsgate pub by Wapping Old Stairs?

(a) Oscar Wilde
(b) Lord Haw-Haw
(c) Judge Jeffreys


11. Which famous London hotel was once decreed to be Yugoslavian soil?

(a) Claridge’s
(b) The Ritz
(c) The Savoy


12. What did Phyllis Pearsall compile, which became an essential aid to Londoners?

(a) The London tube map
(b) The London A-Z
(c) The first telephone directory


13. Where was London’s first cab rank?

(a) Outside the Houses of Parliament
(b) In the Strand
(c) In Savoy Place


14. During World War II, for which purpose was the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden converted?

(a) A dancehall
(b) Storing vegetables
(c) An operational HQ


15. In 1954 in the City, a Roman temple was discovered when digging foundations. Recently opened to the public, it’s dedicated to which Roman entity?

(a) Jupiter
(b) Mithras
(c) Apollo


16. Now closed, which department store in Holborn was known as ‘The People’s Popular Emporium’?

(a) Bourne and Hollingworth’s
(b) Bon Marché
(c) Gamages


17. In 1906 bus routes were given numbers. Before then how did passengers know which route a London bus served?

(a) Conductors announced the route from the running board
(b) Buses were colour-coded
(c) Unemployed men stood at bus stops, and for a small gratuity, would tell passengers the bus’s destination


18. Far slimmer than she was when modelled, a statue of which English queen is to be found outside the west front of St. Paul’s Cathedral?

(a) Queen Elizabeth I
(b) Queen Anne
(c) Queen Victoria


19. The classic black-and-white Ealing comedy The Ladykillers had which station as its backdrop?

(a) St. Pancras
(b) King’s Cross
(c) Euston


20. In 1881, built to stage Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, the Savoy Theatre boasted which unique innovation?

(a) Toilets on all floors
(b) Individual changing rooms for the cast
(c) Electric light


Answers

1. Where in London is the only statue Britain has of George I?

(c) Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, St. George’s has the king resplendent in Roman dress aloft the church.


2. At the rear of what is now, the British Museum was once known as the Field of the Forty Footsteps. Why?

(b) Montague Street now covers the meadow that in 1685 two brothers fought a duel over a girl in which both died. Impressions of their 20 paces away from each other were said to be visible for more than a century.


3. Doggett’s Coat and Badge are two items to be worn by which Londoners?

(c) On 1st August 1715 Dublin-born actor/manager sponsored a race for young watermen to commemorate George I accession to the Throne. The winner receives an orange-coloured coat, knee breeches, silk stockings, a cap and a 9-inch diameter silver badge. It is the world’s oldest unbroken competitive race.


4. Author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe unsuccessfully ran what business in Stoke Newington?

(c) When you next spray yourself perfume, consider this, civet cats produce a strong-smelling secretion still used by perfumers. For Daniel Defoe, this was the least successful of his business ventures.


5. It’s 1868 and you’re at the junction of Great George Street and Bridge Street approaching Westminster Bridge. What do you see?

(c) Operating similar to train signals, consisting of a revolving lantern with red and green lights were a set of traffic lights. Months later the gas-powered lights exploded seriously injuring the policeman operating them.


6. What is unusual about 23 and 25 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater?

(a) When the Underground was constructed in the 1860s, the trains needed open air stretches to release fumes (pre-electric), the void behind these two houses provided this venting spot.


7. The Bevis Marks synagogue had an unusual beginning. What?

(b) Joseph Avis, a Quaker, had signed a contract to build a synagogue for £2,750. When finished he refused his fee, deciding it was wrong to profit from building a house of God.


8. Between 1827 and 1851 Marble Arch was located where?

(c) If you have been watching the television drama Victoria, you would have seen it outside Buckingham Palace facing The Mall.


9. Who, or what was Jimmy Garlick?

(c) Under the chancel of St. James Garlickhythe, in 1839 workmen discovered a medieval mummy. This rare example of natural mummification was nicknamed Jimmy Garlick and displayed by the church in a glass case for many years.


10. While attempting to flee the country disguised as a sailor, who was caught at the Town of Ramsgate pub by Wapping Old Stairs?

(c) ‘Hanging Judge’ Jeffreys was attempting to follow his Catholic master, James II to France after the Glorious Revolution. Execution Dock close by was where Jeffreys would watch his sentences carried while partaking of a tipple at the Prospect of Whitby.


11. Which famous London hotel was once decreed to be Yugoslavian soil?

(a) Exiled King of Yugoslavia was living at Claridge’s during World War II. When his wife gave birth Churchill decreed the suite Yugoslavian territory ensuring the boy would have a right to the throne.


12. What did Phyllis Pearsall compile, which became an essential aid to Londoners?

(b) Phyllis Pearsall rose at five each morning to walk 18 miles through London’s street compiling notes which she kept in shoeboxes under her bed. No publisher wanted to print the guide, she published it herself delivering copies in a wheelbarrow to W. H. Smith. When she died in 1996 the A-Z had sold in its millions.


13. Where was London’s first cab rank?

(b) As early as 1634 Captain Bailey, a retired mariner placed four hackney coaches at the Maypole in the Strand. St. Mary’s Church now occupies the site.


14. During World War II, for which purpose was the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden converted?

(a) While many entertainment venues were converted for the duration of the war, Covent Garden didn’t suffer the ignominy of being a greengrocer, but a dancehall, unlike Wimbledon’s tennis courts which were used to grow vegetables.


15. In 1954 in the City, a Roman temple was discovered when digging foundations. Recently opened to the public, it’s dedicated to which Roman entity?

(b) Mithras, the bull-slayer, was a virile young god from the east, beloved of soldiers who worshipped him by the light of flaring torches in this an underground temple.


16. Now closed, which department store in Holborn was known as ‘The People’s Popular Emporium?

(c) With its maze of interconnecting rooms and buildings, Gamages claimed to undercut all its competitors on price. Closed in 1972 the site by Holborn Circus was redeveloped.


17. In 1906 bus routes were given numbers. Before then how did passengers know which route a London bus served?

(b) It took German guidebook firm Baedeker to suggest to the Vanguard bus company numbering, rather than multi-coloured buses, was the right route to take. The first was number 4 from Gospel Oak to Putney Station on 23rd April 1906.


18. Far slimmer than she was when modelled, a statue of which English queen is to be found outside the west front of St. Paul’s Cathedral?

(b) A late-nineteenth-century copy of the 1712 original marking the completion of Wren’s masterpiece. Queen Anne was partial to a tipple, wags at the time pointed out the statue was facing the local hostelries.


19. The classic black-and-white Ealing comedy The Ladykillers had which station as its backdrop?

(a) Mrs Wilberforce who thwarts the robbers led by Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) stands in St. Pancras Station’s shadow.


20. In 1881, built to stage Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, the Savoy Theatre boasted which unique innovation?

(c) The most beautifully fitted theatre in Europe opened its doors on 10th October 1881, the Savoy Theatre became famous as the first public building in the world to be lit by incandescent electric lights.

Did you manage to answer all twenty questions? Every Sunday CabbieBlog posts eleven pieces of trivia about London. They might help you in answering the next quiz.

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