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All hail— Global

Preface

The iconic London black cab is being adopted across the world, from Azerbaijan to Italy. It’s been painted purple and made into a high-class ride with wi-fi and a drinks cabinet, and it all started with The London Taxi Company, which Monocle visits in Coventry.

Coventry, John Russell, Manganese Bronze, Matthew Cheyne

A line of black cabs waits outside a railway station, amber lights glowing. A passenger approaches, laden with luggage. It’s a scene synonymous with London – the famous black taxi and cabbie, armed with his legendary “Knowledge” of shortcuts and attractions.

But this is actually Coventry, almost 100 miles northwest of the British capital. And, remarkably, it could just as easily be Baku, or Riyadh. The London taxi has gone global. Coventry is prouder than most of its black cab network however. As well it should be; the London taxi has been built…

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