According to the official count, London has around 24,000 black cabs -- most of them driven by their owners -- which sounds as if it ought to be enough. But of those, around 6,000 operate through computerized central booking systems, and do not routinely pick up passengers who hail them on the streets.
Edward Rutherfurd's book "London" has been a bestseller for years. It shows the history of London unfolding through the eyes of ancient locals and in the following chapters, through the eyes of their descendants.
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