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If you want to know all about London, who better to ask than one of the capital’s black cab drivers? Here, David D’Arcy (a pseudonym) of CabbieBlog fame writes about his London.

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Where do you live and why?

I've lived in north Romford for many years. Within a short drive I have nine golf courses (pity I'm not a golfer) and hundreds of acres of managed woodland for walking and horse riding. A 25-minutes car journey from the City, and the most attractive reason - a good sized modern semi with own drive for less than 250,000.

What does London mean to you?

Quite simply it's the most vibrant city in the world, that is why bankers choose to work here and not in Switzerland.

What is your earliest London memory?

My father was a head keeper at the London Zoo and sometimes I could go to work with him. Feeding the small mammals was a schoolboy's dream job - well that and driving a train.

If you could live anywhere in London, where would that be?

The Vale of Health, Hampstead. This was once a hamlet surrounding a pond and was thought to be an oasis from the plague. The air certainly feels cleaner here. On Byron Villas there is a Blue Plaque to D.H. Lawrence, although the only evidence of Byron coming here was to visit a friend, pen a few lines of verse and share a spiff with Shelley.

What advice would you give to someone new in London?

Dr Johnson once said: "Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts." It's as true today as it was 300 years ago.

What is your favourite London view?

An easy one this. Go to Bankside Pier by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and look across the river to Wren's masterpiece - St Paul's dome. Just keep away during the summer when it's packed with tourists all looking in the wrong direction.

Where is your favourite place to eat or drink?

Robert Elms on his BBC London radio show once invited listeners to tell him of restaurants specialising in regional food. Of the approximately 180 countries in the world over 140 were represented here in London. With that kind of choice in London, how can you choose just one?

What is your favourite London spot for relaxing?

St Marys Church, Battersea. Its portico overlooks the Thames with Cheyne Walk on the opposite shore. England's greatest painter J.M. Turner would come here to paint. Solitude in the heart of London.

What is your best London discovery or hidden treasure?

A quintessential English afternoon tea in the foyer at Claridges. Efficient, discrete service and better value than its rivals. Tell them its your birthday to receive special treatment. Wedgwood china and Winston Churchill's picture on the wall, in this the Jubilee year makes you proud to be British.

What is the first thing you would do if you were Mayor?

Impose a limit to the number of traffic cones allowed in London. With a finite number of cones there could be just so many holes they could dig.

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