Housed in this static portacabin, the cafe serves as a community hub for the drivers, all of whom seemed to know each other. As we sat and talked with some cabbies, others would regularly call out as familiar faces entered the building.
The food included British classic cuisine: kippers on toast, a full English breakfast and bread and butter pudding. Coffee options included "milky" or "machine". You won't get a double-shot skinny vanilla latte here.
Two taxi drivers take a moment to relax and watch their cars being serviced in the Southwark cab station. The man on the right (who requested not to be named) was waiting to have his payment machines removed, having just finished his last ever trip after 48 years of driving.
George Vyse, 78, has been driving for 47 years, but more recently has become known as an activist in the black cab driver community. He's represented various drivers during disputes with Transport for London (the capital's transport body that licenses both black cabs and Uber).
He's pictured here in his office that's next to the cafe. From here, George buys and sells black cabs. "Uber is a monster that's got out of control and TFL are clueless," reads his sign.
"Since Uber I'm having to work longer hours, see less of family and earn less money." Tony Cable, 49, talked about how Uber has affected some drivers' personal lives. Cable has been driving for 26 years.
"Uber: Money can't buy principles ... or The Knowledge." says Steve "Chesterfield" Painter, 61, who's been driving for 32 years.
First initiated in 1865, The Knowledge is a notoriously difficult exam all London black cab drivers must pass to obtain a license to operate in the city. The test requires them to memorise 25,000 roads and all landmarks in London, allowing them to navigate the city efficiently without using maps. It can take two to four years to pass this step.
Uber drivers are not required to obtain The Knowledge, but they must pass an exam on map-reading skills.
This "cabmen's shelter" is one of 13 such structures remaining in London. All are "Grade II listed", meaning they're protected by law from being altered or demolished.
The first shelters were set up in 1875 and were designed as drive-through conveniences. It used to be illegal for the drivers to leave their vehicles, so these road-side refreshment stands became crucial.
Built in 1901, this shelter originally provided refreshments to cabbies in Leicester square. It was moved to its present location on Russell Square in the 1980s.