I am very happy to feature an award-winning blogger and writer, who I have been following for a long time now. If you have ever been to London, and hailed one of the iconic official taxis, the famous ‘Black Cabs’, you may well have been driven by Robert. In addition to picking up his passengers, and arranging expert tours of London’s sights, he writes about London with obvious delight, and great personal insight too. His site has had well over 1,000,000 views, that’s how good it is!
Here is his personal bio.
Robert Lordan was born in north-west London in 1980. He originally trained to become a secondary school English teacher but left that career path after becoming frustrated with the system. In 2005 he decided to undertake ‘The Knowledge of London’; the intense course which must be studied and passed in order to become a licensed London Taxi driver…. for Robert this took four and half years and involved undergoing no less than 27 verbal exams (which is about average!)
Robert has always loved London but studying the city in such detail has made him even more passionate. For the past few years he has maintained a blog, ‘View From the Mirror’ (www.blackcablondon.net) and has also written for ‘Time Out’, specialising in London’s quirky trivia and hidden history.
‘The Knowledge: Train Your Brain Like a Cabbie’ by Quercus Publishing is his first book. Using 50 authentic routes which apprentice cabbies are required to master, the book acts both as a guide to London and a presentation on numerous brain training techniques. Each route is beautifully illustrated by artist, Jamie Whyte and readers will also find an introduction detailing a history of The Knowledge and a glossary of cabbie’s slang terms.
Getting a licence to drive a cab in London is the most difficult thing to do, and harder than anywhere else in the world too. It requires years of dedication and intense study, alongside a huge amount of self-discipline. The next time you hail a cab on a London street, you can be sure to know that you are being driven by the best-qualified cabbies anywhere. As well as his entertaining blog, which can be found here, https://blackcablondon.net/ he also has another site, telling some fascinating stories of crimes associated with different parts of London, as well as all over the world. https://www.thecrimecompendium.com/
Rob’s new book is a treat for anyone interested in the painful and often humorous process of becoming a London cabbie, and is full of great illustrations too. It went straight onto my Amazon wish list, and will soon be on my bookshelf.
Naturally, it is available to buy online from all the usual places. Here are some links.
Please treat yourself, by visiting both of Robert’s great sites, and discovering more about London in the process. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you. And if you are planning to visit London, and would like to book one of Robert’s personal and informative taxi tours, you can contact him here.