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A Green Kitchen

Ever wondered what these green sheds are for? From 1875 to 1914, 61 were built to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages to drivers of hansom cabs which evolved into electric and then combustion engine black cabs. 13 still exist like this one close to Embankment Station, run by Cabman’s Shelter Fund. These diminutive sheds are where the keepers of London’s secrets gather! Only the licensed black-cab drivers who have passed The Knowledge test – memorising every street, landmark and route in London – are allowed inside. Each hut was built no bigger than a horse and cart, in line with Metropolitan Police rules because they stood on public highways and couldn't block the traffic. Non-cabbies aren’t allowed to sit inside – unless issued with a rare invitation – but can order through a window hatch.

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