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William Orbit and Black Cab Sessions

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Have you heard of Black Cab Sessions?

Their tagline is “Presenting the best bands in the most iconic vehicle in the world.”

The concept is simple. Take a musician (or a bunch of them). Put them into a London Black Cab. Film them “doin’ their thang”.

Where do they get the black cabs?  Sometimes, they hail a cab off the street.  But hailing a London cab off the street is difficult enough without the added burden of instruments, cameras, and sound equipment!

Sometimes, the cab is booked ahead of time with a company such as us.

We have been privileged to provide cabs to Black Cab Sessions for William Orbit and for an all-day filming gig at the Big Chill Festival.

William Orbit

Have a look at this Black Cab Sessions video with William Orbit in the back of one of our cabs.  That’s our driver Jon bopping in the front seat!

Our Media Service

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

Please see our Film Production page for prices and more information.
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Filming with Rizzle Kicks

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We completed a filming job for Toby Lockerbie Films, as they filmed the newest music video for Rizzle Kicks.  Have a look:

Their debut album Stereo Typical is a mixture of pop and hip hop incorporating the fun elements of the old school hip-hop era circa 1988-92. Watch while Rizzle and Sylvester make us a cuppa and walk us through it.

Mama Do The Hump seems to be favoured track on the album. Here’s the official version:

Mama Do the Hump is acquiring a cult following, with Rizzle fans producing their own Mama Do the Hump videos and posting them to You Tube. Here’s a particularly brilliant one done by Sophie and Jess.

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

For more information and a portfolio of our work, see our Film & Production Work page.

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Free London Walking Tours

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Walking around London is the best way to get to know the city.  Along the way, you can stop at many famous places that offer free admission.

We have put together a list of links for you to the various websites that offer free self-guided walks of London and some free led walks as well:

London Walks offers free, downloadable walking tours for your iPod, iPad, iPhone smartphone or other MP3 device. You can hear the sounds of London as you walk. Directions, walking routes, and the history of London and the buildings and sights you pass are all featured as the walks progress.  The downloads are free, but you can donate $25 to receive a disk containing all walks.

South Bank London has five guides in the “Walk This Way” series that explore intriguing pockets of architecture and history along the River Thames.

Walk London has worked with the local authorities to develop an impressive network of quality walking routes. This site has something to offer whether you are looking for a place to feed the ducks, a short stroll in your lunch hour, or an energetic walk to pep you up.

Walk4Life has free led walks all over London on the weekend of Saturday January 28 2011 and Sunday January 29 2011

The Magician offers a free Harry Potter Walk of London.  They will email you a booklet that you can download and print off.  You can then follow the Harry Potter London walk step by step.

London For Free has information and maps for various free self-guided walking tours. Each one covers a different part of London. Simply choose the area you want to explore, print the walk, and go London sightseeing for free.

Walking for Health has all the latest news, events, and other useful information to get you walking in the capital.

Time Out – London Walks offers printable PDF walking guides for north, east, south, and west London.

London Gardens Trust offers a way to explore the lesser-known gardens and green spaces in the capital.  Using their guides, you will discover a range of garden squares, small parks, churchyards and community gardens, which together reflect the history of London from Roman times to the present day.

Walks of London is the website of Richard Jones who has been a pioneering figure on the London walking tour scene for the last 25 years.  His website is a great resource for information about free London walks.

London Tool Kit offers free self-guided walking tours of London. Their four walks cover the main areas of Central London that a first-time visitor will want to cover.

So take a walk around London, and see what the Capital has to offer. There are some fabulous places to explore and some great walks connecting them. You’ll be surprised just how much you can cover and just how much more you will see by walking.

And don’t forget to look up! The best part of London’s architecture is not at street level!

Alternative Tours

If walking London is not for you, maybe a tour of London in a comfortable and iconic London taxi would be just the thing.

We offer several Taxi Tours of London, as well as tours of the surrounding countryside:

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Musical Denmark Street - London's Tin Pan Alley

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Long before there was Abbey Road, Denmark Street was home to London’s musicians.

Most of the buildings date from the 1800s. Then rents were cheap, and so struggling artists, composers, and musicians found a place to live that was close to the theatres and pubs of Soho. Music publishers set up their businesses here around the 1890s, supplying the musicians of nearby theatres and music halls.

In the 1930s, the street was becoming renowned for music publishing, and shop windows displayed pianos and guitars. In the 1960s, recording studios started setting up.

Regent Sounds Studio opened at 4 Denmark Street in 1963. The Rolling Stones recorded their first album here.  Many are the stories about the Kinks, ELP, and Hendrix recording in the basement.   In 1974, new cutting-edge recording technology attracted Stevie Wonder.

ITV filmed a piece on Denmark Street, which you can watch below:

David Bowie set up residence in a camper van on the street near his studios!  Bob Marley bought his very first guitar here.  Celebrity musicians always have and always will flock here.  You never know who you might see.

Denmark Street is an essential London destination for music lovers.  An enthusiastic  musical community still exists today in the friendly atmosphere of this London side street. There’s always music wafting from basements, shop windows, and balconies and plenty of shops to browse.

You can visit Denmark Street, as well as other famous Rock ‘n’ Roll locations on our London Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour.

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Taxi Marshals for Your Holiday Event

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Holiday Events

If you are running a big event this holiday season, our Taxi Marshal Service can help get your participants home safely and efficiently.

Our marshals, who are licensed London taxi drivers, aid passengers to get a Licensed London Black Taxi to their destination and provide a safe waiting environment.

As all Licensed London Black Taxis have wheelchair facilities, the Marshals will also be able to assist any disabled passengers to get home safely.

As part of the service, our Taxi Share Scheme enables the Marshals to place up to 5 or 6 passengers in the same taxi, thus reducing waiting times and allowing the passengers to share the fare.

We publicise your event to all of our drivers, as well as to all other major London Black Taxi circuits, thus ensuring a steady stream of waiting taxis.

Recent Events

We again assisted at an event at the Louise Blouin Foundation on the 15th of December 2011. Atom Events held this event for 500 people who relied on our marshals to organise their taxis after the event.

Bright Green Productions used 3 of our marshals for an event attended by 500 people at The Boiler House on 15 December 2011.

Our marshals assisted 750 guests after an event at Victoria House on 1 December 2011. The event was organised by Wonderland Events.

On the 1st of December 2011, we provided 2 taxi marshals to the fundraising event at the Louise Blouin Foundation. The event, which raised funds for the Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK, was attended by 250 people.

Our Fees

See our Taxi Marshal page for current price information. We can help you decide how many Marshals your event may require.

Why Hire our Taxi Marshals?

  • getting large numbers of people home safely & quickly
  • provides a controlled and safe environment
  • we publicise your event to our drivers and all other major London Black Taxi circuits
  • passengers going in the same direction can share a taxi
  • up to 5/6 passengers per taxi
  • waiting time is reduced
  • passengers pay lower fares
  • less congestion, noise, and atmospheric pollution because fewer taxi trips are needed to serve the passengers
  • competitive pricing. See our Taxi Marshal page for current price information.

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Filming Etta Smith's new single and video

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Last Saturday, we completed a filming job for Baby Girl Music. We were excited to have Etta Smith singing in the back of one of our taxis as they filmed the new video for her recent single “Sold”.

Update: 8 December 2011. Here it is! Etta Smith singing “Sold” in the back of our taxi!

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

For more information and a portfolio of our work, see our Film & Production Work page.

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Kenneth Branagh, BAFTA, and Marilyn

Kenneth Branagh during BAFTA interview

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This week, we completed a filming job with Kenneth Branagh and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (home of the famous BAFTA awards). One of our London Black Taxis was used as the venue for the interview with Kenneth Branagh.  Above you can see a still shot from that interview.

BAFTA is the leading independent charity supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image in the UK – from Film and Television to Video Games and Interactive Media.  The Academy’s Mission is to support, develop, and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public.

Kenneth Branagh is a man of many talents, among them acting, directing, and producing. To quote the founder of the Branagh Compendium, “the guy acts, he sings, he dances, he directs, he writes, he channels Bill Shakespeare on a regular basis, he’s an awfully nice chap, and he’s kinda cute. In the minor deity hierarchy, Kenneth Charles Branagh is one level below Joe Montana (the greatest quarterback of the greatest [American] football team ever) and just above the guy who invented Pepsi”.  Being a Joe Montana fan, I’ll have to go with him on that one, but not sure about the Pepsi part.

We don’t know why BAFTA was interviewing Kenneth, but we can only hope it signals an upcoming award.

As I write this post today, 23 November 2011, Kenneth’s latest film My Week with Marilyn is opening in theatres in America.  On Friday 25 November, it opens in the UK. Watch the trailer at IMDb.

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

For more information and a portfolio of our work, see our Film & Production Work page.

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“Sex and the City” Treasure Hunt

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Lend some luxury, style, and naughtiness to your Treasure Hunt event with our “Sex and the City” Treasure Hunt

  • Fabulous for Hen Parties.
  • Travel around London in SATC style.
  • Eat cupcakes, browse the vintage shops, & try on a pair of Jimmy Choo sandals!
  • Let the men (and women!) of London beware!
  • Win points and test your SATC knowledge with our SATC Quiz.
  • Complete photo assignments, buy souvenirs, acquire free items, and complete tasks to win even more points.
  • The team with the most points wins!
  • Schedule 2 – 3 hours, according to your budget.  We recommend 3 hours for maximum fun.

Price

Please see our Treasure Hunt page for current price information

Our Other Treasure Hunts

If Sex and the City is not your cup of tea, we have other Treasure Hunts for you to choose from:

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Monopoly Treasure Hunt

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Lend some luxury and style to your Treasure Hunt event with our Monopoly Treasure Hunt

  • Based on the popular Monopoly board game.
  • Travel around London in the comfort of a London Taxi.
  • Visit the Monopoly areas, such as Park Lane, Regent Street, Leicester Square, Coventry Street, Piccadilly, right through to Old Kent Road.
  • Answer questions, take photos, buy souvenirs, and complete tasks to win points.
  • The team with the most points wins!
  • Schedule 2 – 3 hours, according to your budget.  We recommend 3 hours for maximum fun.

Price

Please see our Treasure Hunt page for current price information.

Our Other Treasure Hunts

If Monopoly is not your cup of tea, we have other Treasure Hunts for you to choose from:

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A Classic Way to Tour the Capital

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A classic London taxi is a great way to tour the capital. The black taxi has long been one of London`s most iconic symbols. We specialise in taxi-based tours of London. Our London Black Taxi Tours are a great way to see the sights, from the well-known to the surprising, the spooky and the exhilarating. Your tour guide and cab driver are one and the same. Anyone who knows London knows that the only people with the real Knowledge of the city are the famous London Taxi drivers.

We offer a range of tours with something suitable for everyone. The taxis are wheelchair friendly and can pick up and drop off customers at any Central London location. Taxis can access routes that the tour buses cannot always get to, plus the comfort and privacy of a taxi beats a windy bus any day.

The London Highlights Tour is the perfect introduction to London. The tour includes well known sights such as Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, and The London Eye. Along the way, you will see and be introduced to many other landmarks and sights of London. Those enjoying the tour will also enjoy a fascinating history of London as told by your guide.

Other tours we provide include the magical Harry Potter Tour. This tour is suitable for budding wizards, potty Potter fans, or just about anyone who has enjoyed the books or films. Highlights include a photo opportunity at the famous Platform 9 ¾ and a trip to Leadenhall Market, home of the Leaky Cauldron.

Anyone looking for some chilling and mysterious insights into London`s history may fancy the Jack the Ripper Tour. The tour includes the murder sites and the notorious east London pubs where the Ripper met his victims. Your guide will have specialist knowledge of all things `Ripper-related` and will be able to answer all your questions.

London is thought to be one of the most haunted places in the world, which means the Haunted London Tour is in high demand. Visiting some of London`s most notoriously haunted addresses such as 50 Berkeley Square in Mayfair and The Grenadier Pub in Belgravia is on the agenda.

There is also an opportunity to take a Customised Tour of London. This can include some of your own ideas or alternatively some suggestions from the cabbie themselves. This tour is great for those with children who may need to stop at a park or for food along the way.

Tours are not just for tourists, even those living and working in the capital can be both entertained and educated by a London Black Taxi tour. The tours are a great way to impress a client, and we can pick up and drop off from your office space in London.

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