We went to the London black cabs' Uber protest...

... and discovered that Cabbies are proud of their heritage, tourists are surprisingly well-informed - and London is brilliant when it's quiet

by Emma Haslett and Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 24 Sep 2014

London's Black Cab drivers are angry. They're angry because Uber, a new(ish) taxi app, has been given the go-ahead by Transport for London. Even though Uber's drivers are technically minicabs, the app uses passengers' smartphones to determine the fare. Which, say cabbies, is kind of like a meter. And minicabs aren't supposed to use meters.

On Wednesday, cabbies decided to protest by blocking the centre of London. It was surprisingly serene. Here's Piccadilly Circus:

And here's Trafalgar Square:

We spoke to some cabbies. Most of them were worried about how Transport for London will protect their rights.

And some were just angry.

David Connor has been a licensed taxi driver in London for 27 years. He said he's striking to protect his livelihood.  

Meanwhile, across the street on Trafalgar Square, things continued as normal.

We met a tourist who was surprisingly well informed.

And then we walked back to the office, along an eerily quiet Charing Cross Road:

Afterwards, Uber reported that new sign-ups had rocketed by 850% during the protest. Well, if people couldn't get a cab, who else were they going to turn to...?

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