Green and Very Tasty


Green and Very Tasty

Fine food and a touch of London history in a green shed

Location: St George's Square, Pimlico, SW1V

Description: This is the place for a proper breakfast...a cracking Cabman's shelter. But can you spot it?

Looking like overgrown garden sheds, these distinctive buildings can still be found on the streets of London, offering shelter for the drivers of hansom cabs and hackney carriages (taxis) since 1875.

Because cab drivers weren't allowed to leave their vehicles when parked at a stand, it was difficult for them to get a hot meal while at work, so The Earl of Shaftesbury (God bless 'im) and a few philanthropic chums decided to create a cabbie's charity in 1874.

Entitled the Cabmen's Shelter Fund, the charity set out to construct and run shelters to provide cabbies with 'good and wholesome refreshments at moderate prices.'

Between 1875 and 1914, a total of 61 shelters were built at cost of around £200 each.

Because the shelters stood on a public highway, the police stipulated that they weren't allowed to be any larger than a horse and cart.

Even with those restrictions, the huts still managed to wedge in a working kitchen and accommodate between ten and thirteen men.

Tours: Curios

Themes: TransportTransport Theme  FoodFood Theme  Public AmenitiesPublic Amenities Theme
Green and Very Tasty

Fine food and a touch of London history in a green shed

Ranking This Month: 2357/3062

Pages Hit This Month: 31


Your Comments:

Name:
Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:


Other places nearby:


Wapping Station», 3.5km

The World's First Tube Line», 2.5km

Sherlock Holmes Remembered», 2.5km

Docklands Light Railway opened», 5.3km

Trains, Films and Lara», 2.1km

Camden Catacombs, 21 feet under», 3.6km

Charlie Brown's», 10.km

Green Cabbie Hut...Hanover Sq», 1.8km

Clapham Junction Station», 2.2km

The Ace Cafe», 7.1km

Location Pinpointed:


Open Street Maps», Google Maps»