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  • Theatre Lounge Live: Disney's Aladdin July 21, 2017
    Disney's Aladdin took us to a whole new world with three incredible performances on a very special Theatre Lounge Live from Facebook HQ.
  • What The Ladybird Heard holds illustration workshop July 21, 2017
    Lydia Monks, who illustrated the bestselling picture book What The Ladybird Heard, is holding a workshop at London’s National Gallery to celebrate the West End show.
  • Motown The Musical extends into 2019 July 21, 2017
    Motown The Musical has this morning extended its West End booking period at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 5 January 2019, sixty years since the record company was founded.
  • Rhys Ifans to star in Old Vic Christmas Carol July 21, 2017
    Matthew Warchus will direct Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Old Vic's A Christmas Carol, a joyous new adaptation by Harry Potter And The Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne.
  • Q&A: Apologia star Joseph Millson July 20, 2017
    Banished and The Last Kingdom actor Joseph Millson returns to the West End this month as part of a starry cast for Alexi Kaye Campbell's dark comedy Apologia; we found out how preparations are going.

Filming with Citywire and Taxi Cab Tenner, Episode 6

Citywire, Taxi Cab Tenner

Photo courtesy Citywire

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In 2015, we were hired by Citywire to provide taxis for filming a series of videos called “Taxi Cab Tenner”.

Citywire provides news, information and insight for professional fund buyers working in the global asset management industry. In their “Taxi Cab Tenner” video series, reporter Jon Yarker interviews top financial managers. The interviews start when the taxi meter starts running, and the interview ends when the taxi meter reaches £10.

In the sixth in the series of short interviews with leading figures in wealth management, Jonathan Yarker chats with Nick Hungerford, co-founder and chief executive at Nutmeg.

You can view all the Taxi Cab Tenner videos and stories here.

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Suzy Lamplugh Trust Speaks Out Against Mini-Cab Deregulation

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The “Suzy Lamplugh Trust” has campaigned for safer taxis and mini-cabs since the early 1990s and was instrumental in campaigning for the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act in 1998.

Since then, the Trust has continued to raise awareness of the danger of illegal mini-cabs and the importance of planning in advance to get home safely. In 2011, it worked with Transport for London, Travelwatch and other groups to raise the issue of the necessity of enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks being made available to all taxi licensing authorities as part of the licensing process.

The Trust has stated that public safety is being put at risk by the government’s current proposed reforms to the laws that regulate mini-cab licensing.

The Government is currently pushing a Deregulation Bill through Parliament (HC Bill 191).  Certain clauses in this law will undermine the safety of passengers. The proposed changes in the law will allow:

  • anyone to drive a licensed private-hire (mini-cab) vehicle when it is not being used for work purposes
  • licensing authorities to renew mini-cab licences less frequently than at present

“Allow anyone to drive a licensed private hire (mini-cab) vehicle when it is not being used for work purposes”

So, for example, if Mr. Jones owns a licensed mini-cab, he could allow his friend, Mr. Smith, to drive that vehicle, even if Mr. Smith was not a licensed mini-cab driver and had no criminal background checks. By law, Mr. Smith should not act as a cab driver and pick up passengers when he is driving that cab. But, in reality, what is preventing him from doing so? What is preventing you from unwittingly getting in that cab and putting yourself at risk?

“Allow licensing authorities to renew licences less frequently than at present”

The government is proposing that mini-cab drivers be allowed to renew their license every 3 years, rather than every year.  It is during the license renewal process that criminal background checks are done. Therefore, if the renewal of licenses was extended to 3 years, many potentially dangerous drivers would remain licensed for longer, putting the public at greater risk.

The Trust’s Recommendations

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has recommended that these clauses be withdrawn from the Deregulation Bill.

The Law Commission is currently carrying out a detailed review of this legislation. However, the bill is being pushed through Parliament without waiting for the outcome of that review.

It remains to be seen whether Parliament will heed the Trust’s recommendation or whether it will continue to push through legislation that benefits big business at the risk of your safety.

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Smartphone Apps for Drivers

Smartphone Apps

Smartphones can be a source of danger while driving. However, some apps can actually make for a better driving experience for London and UK drivers.

Parkopedia is a free app that aims to be ‘the Wikipedia of parking’, Parkopedia has amassed a level of parking knowledge unsurpassed in human history. Its apps come in two flavours: AA Parking, which is a Britain-wide affair, and ParkRight, a London-only version.

SMS, My Car and Me is a text-to-voice app that reads out text messages as they come in, letting you reply by voice. It can also be set up to read out Facebook updates, too, although that may swiftly drive you round the bend!

AirBNB, for weary road warriors, finds you dozens of nearby rooms, hotels and B&Bs using your phone’s GPS. Anyone can host a room via Airbnb, so it offers far cheaper rates than even budget hotel chains – and the 200,000 rooms are rated by app users.

INRIX Traffic offers live traffic updates with easy-to-read maps of green and red lines showing areas to avoid.

ParkingAid helps you remember where you left your car. You can even look through your iPhone’s camera to see a pinpoint of where your car is in an ‘augmented reality’ view.

PetrolPrices Pro displays petrol prices in a 20-mile radius, collating over 11,000 petrol stations updated throughout the week.

iOnRoad is a portable busybody offering alerts about collision dangers, when crossing lane markings. The alerts are a little TOO safety-conscious – and loud – for experienced drivers, but for beginners it’s great.

JamCam Traffic Cameras lets you look through the ‘eyes’ of traffic cameras to see roads and junctions on your route and offers live footage from all its cameras.
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Lovely Things To Do in London in 2013

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The Mayan calendar might have ended, but our calendar is full of lovely things to do in London in 2013.

THE SHARD

The Shard is now the tallest building in Western Europe.  Its crystalline façade transforms the London skyline with a multi-use vertical city of high-quality offices, world-renowned restaurants, a 5-star hotel, exclusive residential apartments, and the capital’s highest viewing gallery.  The view from the Shard opens to the public in February 2013.

EXHIBITION – DAVID BOWIS IS

23 March – 28 July 2013. The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. David Bowie is will feature more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.

VINTAGE LONDON

A collection of our favourite vintage markets, shops, and tea room open for 2013.

LIFE AND DEATH – POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM

In spring 2013, these two cities and their unique story will be explored in a major exhibition at the British Museum, that will – in the words of Museum Director, Neil MacGregor – be a chance ‘to visit the cities and to visit the houses in the cities; to be inside a Roman household, inside a Roman street; to know what it felt like, to know what was going on.’

LONDON DUNGEON

London Dungeon’s Tooley Street location is closing from the 1st of February. The new London Dungeon, near the London Eye, opens March 2013.  You have to wonder, “How scary can a new dungeon be”?

THE GREAT GATSBY

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire star in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Opens in London cinemas in May 2013.

MEAT LOAF – FAREWELL TOUR

The King of Rock Opera is still alive, and, apparently, kicking. Catch the “Bat Out of Hell” singer for his Farewell Tour at the O2 Arena in April 2013

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS

Tyrannosaurus Rex and his awe-inspiring life-size pals return to stalk the Wembley Arena in May 2013

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Wondering What To Do This Weekend?

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We’re set for another cold February weekend. But no need to sit and be blue. There are always things to do in London, even on the coldest day.

How about spending a winter’s day catching a film premiere? You may be lucky enough to see some celebs in attendance!

Despite the dark days, outdoor ice skating is available at many London venues such as Somerset House, Tower of London, and Broadgate Ice Rink.

Don’t forget London’s many prestigious theatres.  Besides the classics like Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera, new shows like Matilda and The Audience are wowing the crowds in the West End right now.

The Winter Sales are on in January and February at most London department stores, such as Liberty’s and Selfridges. A little retail therapy may be just what you need to chase away those London Winter Blues.

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Spring Wedding Ideas

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For Spring Weddings, a Wedding Taxi is a stylish alternative to an expensive limousine. Our Wedding Taxis are smart and comfortable. In addition to the Traditional Black Taxi, we offer the White Classic Fairway Taxi.

Here is what a few of our customers had to say about our Wedding Taxi Service:

“Thank you very much for taking my wife and her family to our wedding in Battersea Park. The service, you, and your driver Danny were all excellent. Best regards”
-Paul

Many thanks for the prompt service, clean cab and really humorous driver. A fantastic service and far better than a boring old Rolls Royce!
-Ian and Sandy

A Spring Wedding is naturally full of colour from the budding trees and flowers all around. There is a fresh and vibrant feel to a Spring Wedding. The promise of new beginnings is in the air.

Spring Weddings reflect the mood of the season with colours in yellows, pinks, and pale greens.

Think tulip bouquets

And floral-embroidered gowns

Daffodils on every table

A cherry blossom wedding cake

And a country garden

And you…arriving in your Spring glory in a smart and stylish Wedding Taxi.

Greet your guests with honey mead and  flower cupcakes. And afterwards, dazzle them with a Spring fireworks display! As the evening draws to close, the two of you step into your Wedding Taxi and drive off into the fragrant Spring night and into your new life together.

For more information and prices, visit our Wedding Taxis page.

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Filming with Ferry Corsten and Betsie Larkin

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In September, we were hired by Pixel Heaven to provide a taxi to be used in the filming of this music video featuring Ferry Corsten and Betsie Larkin, shot on the streets of London.

The video has just been released and we have been given kind permission to feature it here on our blog. If you are fans of Ferry and Betsie, you’re going to love this!

Our Services

We can provide London Black Taxis and drivers for use in all types of film, media, and production work–including TV, radio interviews, film shoots, advertising, music videos, promotional videos, and the safe transport of equipment.

Please see our Film & Media page for more information and our current prices.

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TV, Film, & Music Videos

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We can provide London Black Taxis and drivers for use in all types of film, media, and production work–including TV, radio interviews, film shoots, advertising, music videos, promotional videos, and the safe transport of equipment.

We hope you enjoy this video collection of some of the TV, Film, and Music work that we have been involved in recently

Bertie Bulb

Bertie takes a taxi to recycle his light bulbs. (You can read the full post here.)

British Airways

Watch for the taxi at the end. That’s us! (You can read the full post here.)

Rizzle Kicks

Rizzle and Sylvester sing in the back of one of our taxis. (You can read the full post here.)

Etta Smith

Etta Smith sings “Sold” in the back of one of our taxis. (You can read the full post here.)

Louis Vitton – Taxi Encounters London

This video is part of a series about unique taxi experiences in the cities of the world. (You can read the full post here.)

William Orbit & Black Cab Sessions

William Orbit records a track in one of our taxis. (You can read the full post here.)

Rates & More Information

Please see our Film Production page for our current rates and more information, including our comprehensive portfolio.

You can also read more posts about our film work here.

All major credit cards accepted, including VISA debit and American Express

Custom Service

Whatever your production requirements, we can provide taxis on an hourly, daily or weekly rate.

We supply taxis and drivers for both UK and International TV, film, music, theatre, and production companies.

We also have drivers who are comfortable and quite talented at appearing on film.

Let us know your needs and we will do our very best to accommodate you.
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White Weddings


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Did you know that the tradition of a white wedding began with Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white wedding dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840?

Royal brides before Victoria did not typically wear white, instead choosing heavy brocaded gowns embroidered with white and silver thread, with red being a particularly popular color in Western Europe.

European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colors, including blue, yellow, and practical colors like black, brown, or gray. As accounts of Victoria’s wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe, many brides followed her lead.

Your Coach Awaits

Your White Wedding deserves the perfect coach.  Arrive and depart in one of our comfortable and luxurious White Wedding Taxis.

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Prices and Details

Please see our Wedding Taxi page for current details and pricing information.

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Nissan Unveils New London Taxi Cab

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The Telegraph reported yesterday that Nissan has unveiled its new van-based NV200 vehicle.  Nissan claims it is 50% more fuel efficient than existing cabs, saving cab drivers up to £700 a year in fuel costs.

The new design, already been declared as an official new cab for Tokyo and New York, will first appear on London streets in spring 2014, including the eNV200 electric version.

The eNV200 electric cab boasts running costs estimated to be around one fifth of a conventional, diesel-powered taxi. It will arrive six years ahead of the Mayor’s target of 2020 for the introduction of a zero emissions taxi.

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