Paul in Redbridge, Westminster is 41-50 and is London Cabbie.
As cabbies fight to hold onto their privileged position on London’s streets, the new film in the 1000 Londoners series of documentaries celebrates the experience of riding in the back of a cab. Paul has been a cabbie since he did the knowledge two decades ago. In this short film he takes us through the streets of central London, telling stories about the people who’ve been in the back of his cab. He’s seen tourists experience London for the first time and picked up a Roger Moore and Michael Caine as they stumbled out of Langans. But one chance passenger encounter, changed Paul’s entire world forever.
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Film Maker: Reece Lipman
Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? The markets at Petticoat Lane and Roman Road where Dad had stalls.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? The diversity of the people
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Islington and Highbury
- What's your favourite building? The Tower of London
- What's your ideal day out in London? Going around the Tower of London with a meal and theater in the evening.
- What's your ideal night out in London? A Meal and Theater
- What's your most hated building? The South Bank, I really hate the 60s architecture.
- What's the best view in London? Waterloo Bridge, traveling Northbound.
- What's your favourite open space? Regents Park
- What's the most interesting shop? All of the nick-nack shops in Portobello Road.
- What's your favourite place to hang out? With my Cabby mates playing poker.
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? In and around Highbury the night Arsenal won the league at Anfield in 1989.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Not in London and on a golf course!
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? The Museum of London
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? From Hammersmith to home, 45 miles in the snow through gridlock!
- What's your personal London landmark? The lucazade sign on the building on the M4 Elevated section. For me that marks the point that London starts.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Oliver Twist
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? Undoubtedly the film, The Long Good Friday (in which they actually discuss bringing the Olympics to London!)
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? Victorian times.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Robert Elms, radio presenter and author.