Fun Free Activities with Kids in London during May Half Term

May half term is upon us, and you may be dreading the thought of entertaining your little ones on a budget for the entire week, but don’t worry – we here at Cabmania have got you covered when it comes to keeping the kiddies entertained while you save money on your holiday.

Play time – at a museum! Many museums around the country have free children’s activities available during the half term breaks, and a lot of thought, effort and preparation has gone into these educational and fun programmes. Check out the Geffrye Museum, the Science Museum and the Museum of London for exciting free activities – do note, you may need to book in advance.

Free Walking Tours  Across the UK, dynamic and exciting guides give daily free walking tours (although a tip is appreciated). This is a great way to educate your kids about the city in which you live or help you to save money while on holiday, all while keeping them interested and active. In London? Try Free Tours By Foot’s amazing free East End Food Tour! You and the kids can munch your way through 1000 years of history – you’ll love the stories, they’ll love the samosas and choccies. Booking in advance is essential.

Scramble about at Kew Gardens (or any lovely park) London is home to the UNESCO world heritage designated Kew Gardens, a spectacular 300 acre garden complete with lush flowers, playgrounds galore and plenty of space to run around. Children absolutely love the Xstrata Treetop Walkway – and kids under 17 are always free.

No matter what you plan to do with your little ones this May half term, ensure that you arrive in comfort, style and under budget by booking your cab in advance with Cabmania, the app that will save you money on your holiday. Enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and the quality time with your children!

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Having Fun & Saving Money in Half Term

As a parent you will know that keeping the children occupied at half term can be hard work, and very expensive. Research suggests that British parent’s spend over £400 during half term on entertainment alone. We’re pretty sure you can do it for less.

One of the main things that often gets overlooked is that children love to have a new experience, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a high octane, high budget one. Think carefully about what your children have done before, where they have visited. Have they taken a tram? Or a train?

A fond memory of my childhood was my grandmother taking me on a “bus-hopping” adventure. She bought us a day ticket and we decided to see where we ended up, it happened to be a big park, where she miraculously produced a picnic. It was great fun, she must have planned it a little, but at the time I had no idea!

Another way to get the children involved is to make them part of the planning, children love to feel responsible. Give them the opportunity to be in charge of planning stages that you can finalise. For example, if you had to take a taxi somewhere our service runs free quotes. The kids can get the quote together and then you can confirm and book separately.

Finally if the weather turns sour finding somewhere indoors is one of the most expensive options. Arts and crafts can be cheaper way to have fun and games. They don’t even have to be too messy. Set your children a recycling challenge, give them boxes, newspapers and some sticky tape then challenge them to make the tallest giraffe, or a taxi that can actually roll along.

Half term can get our imaginations working overtime to find things to do, and sometimes its more enjoyable to make your own fun. If you want to teach your children about journeys and public transport our free quote system can be found here.


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Taxis and Technology

You will have definitely noticed the grumbles and mumbles from across the world surrounding the new Taxi finding apps. They locate a taxi nearby and send it directly to you, so you don’t need to hail a cab and you don’t need to book in advance. Seems like a great idea at face value, but there are much wider implications for the taxi industry as a whole.

The average taxi firm isn’t a multinational conglomerate funded by mass investment, and therefore it can’t compete on the same scale. It is costly in both time and money to set up apps, train your team and then advertise it, especially when the chips are already down.

If private hire and black cabs aren’t been used, they aren’t making money and with this they can’t be supported in their job. Obviously the other drivers need jobs, but the scale of competition has suddenly flipped towards one provider which can cause problems.

At Cabmania wholeheartedly support technology to make things easier, we don’t want it to happen at the expense of our local businesses. Cabmania allow the taxi firms the freedom to set their own pricing, and match customers to firms nearby.

We only work with private hire companies and although they do offer great pricing, they set those prices, so always have control over their service. It is important that technology and business find a synergy that enables them to develop together, rather than one leaving the other by the wayside.

So, if you know that you’re going to be travelling, home from a friend’s wedding reception, to the airport or even just to work because your car is being serviced. Think ahead about how you can support your local firms first.

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Last minute holiday jitters

Nowadays when people go on holiday they don’t fall off the face of the earth. Where 10 or so years ago mobiles would be left at home and contact wasn’t made until you were coming home, now a text or browse from your mobile is standard.

This is brilliant if you, like me, are prone to the last minute jitters. It is horrible when minutes after take off you realise your toothbrush is still at home, you’ve only packed one flip-flop or worse, you didn’t arrange anyone to pick you up from the airport on your return.

When this happens – thankfully your trusty mobile is on hand to act as your personal assistant. When you touch down in Paradise, grab some new flip flops from the duty free, call your hotel ahead to find a locally pharmacy or supermarket for a new toothbrush and then log on to Facebook.

You’re not logging in to Facebook to check-in, although by all means do. You’re logging in to book your airport transfer on the way home. That way you can spend the rest of your trip feeling chilled.

Once you’re on Facebook search “Cabmania App”. This will bring up our service that is designed to find you the cheapest deal on airport taxi transfers. You add your details for a free no obligation quote, and we’ll get back to you with the suitable local taxi services AND independent reviews to help you make your choice.

Don’t spend to long panicking about how you will get home, we’ll be here, and you should be enjoying yourself. To the pool!

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How many Easter Eggs could you buy?

A lot of people are heading off on their Easter travels this week and next, so we’ve been working out how many Easter eggs you could buy with money saved on Taxi travel.

The Cabmania service uses a reverse auction system which gives taxi drivers control of their journey’s and you the best prices. Let’s take a look at how good the savings could be…

If you were travelling to London Heathrow from West London this Easter you could save £46. That is around 15 medium sized Easter eggs!

If you travel from West London to a Stansted Airport flight, you can save a massive £53 by using Cabmania to book. This could get you 135 Cadbury Creme Eggs… How will you eat yours?!

Finally, if you were travelling from South East London to Luton airport you could save up to £51.  For those of you who like the finer things in life, the savings could be spent on 5 luxury Easter eggs.

Our statistics have been worked out using the official airport transfer companies. Our taxi firms are fully licensed and insured, additionally our service promotes independent reviews. Reviews are posted whether good or bad, so you can trust that you are getting what you sign up for.

Our quote service is free and there is no obligation to book. Get a quote for an airport transfer now: Get Quote

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“We were asked not to tell the lady anything…” An Interview with Golan, Founder Cabmania

Hi Golan, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed for the blog. My first question is obviously, what was the inspiration behind Cabmania?

A few years ago I was working in an international company and had many overseas trips, taking many airport transfers and I’ve found that booking a taxi was a frustrating thing.

There was no transparency in the market. Booking a taxi was a difficult task, not to mention comparing prices. There were websites but there was nothing that really works in favour of the consumer giving them all the information in one place. I wanted to start a website where it would be safe to book a minicab, reliable and obviously competitive.

There was lack of tools for drivers to fill in their empty returns. They lose money, which translates to higher taxi fare rates to the consumer. If the driver had a tool to help fill in a long journey dead ride, the cost of the overall trip could have split between 2 passengers.

So an idea that you came up with on your own taxi journeys! Now the idea is up and running what do you consider as the most important feature that Cabmania offers?

Right from the start we understood that Cabmania guaranteeing the best possible price would set it apart, has to be easy to use, independent & reliable. It has to be a tool where our customers would find it easy to use and would come back to it as they are guaranteed the best price.

We worked very hard to make it user friendly and we value all the comments and reviews we receive good or bad. We check all the companies who are registered with so they are all legally operating and we publish the reviews that we receive without filtering.

No filtering seems like it could be quite a challenge! How did you come up with the idea for giving reviews?

The reviews are a very important. I would even say, a crucial feature of our service, they act both ways to the customers as well as to the drivers. For our customers it gives confidence and assurance when they make the booking, no one really wants to get out of a terminal after a long flight and to find out the taxi is not there. Reading the reviews gives that confidence and assurance that it is a reliable service and can be counted on to make their booking.

Another important thing we have noticed is as we share the reviews with our drivers it pushes them to deliver a better service. The taxi companies that have received good reviews perform much better on our Cabmania – they get more bookings – so good reviews translate immediately to more business for them, they understand that and work hard to maintain their reputation.

The taxi business is notorious for exciting stories, have you come across any unusual journeys while working on Cabmania?

We do come across unusual requests, last week a student booked a taxi to move her apartment, she was surprised to get a luxurious Mercedes, in another instance we were asked to pick up a lady from her house in North London and drive her to the airport, this was an anniversary surprise trip booked by her husband and we were asked not to tell the lady anything, even that she was being driven to the airport!

Wow, that must have been an exciting anniversary trip! So do you consider Cabmania to be a purely consumer service?

Well, we want to see more and more people using it! We would encourage corporates to use it to save on their transportation costs. We can offer a reliable service that could integrate into any existing businesses IT infrastructure, giving CFOs transparency on their employees taxi bookings as well as live reports and huge savings.

Finally that brings us to the end of our chat, before you go – where are you aiming to take Cabmania in the future?

We truly believe we have a winning model, combining reliability and still delivering the best possible price. The price comparison model works for more and more people as they wish to get better value for their money, we can see that with insurance, credit cards, flights, hotels etc and we were the 1st ones who ever did it for taxis so the future looks bright to us and we’re happy to be where we are and to keep pushing forward.

Get a free taxi quote using Golan’s reverse auction system

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Staying Safe, tips for Taxi Drivers

Over the last week national and local press have covered several stories where minicab drivers have been attacked or assaulted. This got us thinking – how vulnerable are minicab drivers? And more importantly what can be done to keep drivers, and their taxis safe?

One of the most important things to do is to make sure that you always operate within the law. As tempting as a filling an empty return on the sly may be, it isn’t a good move. The law is there to protect you, and your profession. If you step outside of the legal limits, you put yourself at risk of anything from non-payment to false claims, and there will be no procedures to help.

Secondly make sure that you give and take as much information as possible from your passenger when they book. Making sure that you know exactly what to expect means that you can prepare for the journey ahead. If it is a late night trip there may be someone a little tipsy, so make sure you know where is suitable to let someone out early if they are ill.

Likewise, if they are taking their family on holiday, make sure you know how much luggage space they will need. Making sure you have accurate and plentiful information about your taxi passengers will prevent any awkward conversations, or having to decide which suitcase to leave behind!

Making sure that people have booked your services in advance and that the price is set out is another good way to keep your taxi calm. Remind your passengers of the agreed price before setting off to make sure they have a chance to back out or can ask you to stop at an ATM en route.

The Cabmania service only takes on fully licensed and registered taxis, minicabs and private hire vehicles. We act as a middleman matching you with your best passengers, filling empty returns and most importantly gathering important information such as special requirements. Your customers register their details with us, and you set out the prices and services that you have on offer.

Don’t forget you have the right to refuse a passenger if they are behaving in an aggressive or unsafe way. If your passenger is acting badly, stick to well known and busy areas and ask them to leave the taxi at a safe place. You shouldn’t feel unsafe in your workplace and we wouldn’t want you to either!

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Stay safe, prebook your minicab!

You are likely familiar with the Cabwise campaign aiming to make taxi travel safer. At Cabmania we are in full support of staying safe when you’re out and about, and of course saving you money.

Taking an unbooked cab can put you in danger of attacks or robbery, and its really simple to book a cab in advance. Using an app, or a local taxi service make sure you know what time they will pick you up, where from and the drivers name. Leave your name for extra security, if they don’t know who you are, don’t get in the taxi!

We only accept licensed and registered minicabs on our service. Our taxi firms are individually rated by their Cabmania customer, which gives you even more information on what to expect.

Minicab drivers aren’t allowed to pick you up unless you have booked in advance, by doing so they are breaking the law. You can tell a minicab is licensed as they have a sticker in the window and will display their license next to their number plate. Even when fully licensed it is against the law for them to pick you up without an official booking.

Booking a minicab can be done via phone, email or app. If you are booking your taxi well in advance, for example for a birthday night out or airport transfer, it is a good idea to check and confirm your booking nearer to the time for added peace of mind.

With booking a taxi can be 70% cheaper than going direct, because local firms are competing in a reverse auction for your trade. It’s a no brainer, book up, stay safe and save money. If you’re headed out this weekend why not get some quotes now?

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Which Taxi App?

There are hundreds of taxi apps being added to the mix every day. From London centred cab hailing apps, to private hire bookings and late night taxi calls it’s difficult to know which taxi app – if any – you should try!

The benefit of a taxi app is that it is handy and easy to use, the groundwork is done and all you need to do is book in. But while individual taxi firms have apps, they only serve small geographical areas. How do you find a reliable cab when you’re further from home? has recognized this as a big issue for taxi firm operators and travellers alike. There hasn’t really been much room for collaboration or blurring the lines of taxi hire boundaries. Nobody wants a taxi patch war on their hands!

Cabmania works with thousands of cab, private hire and chauffer services across the UK to tie together the mish mash of different apps, and more importantly to match the right taxi with the right customer.

The Cabmania app operates a reverse auction, and bases the results on where the customer is and what they need. Quotes for Heathrow Airport taxi transfers go to taxi firms near to Heathrow, and the same for Manchester Airport or even Edinburgh!

The Cabmania app is available on Android, or via Facebook apps. Its simple to use, and you can also access reviews from previous journeys. We’re always keeping you up to date on social media too, so come and talk to us on Twitter and Facebook, for customer service assistance, or just to find out more about news in the private hire industry.

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Book a UK Taxi from anywhere in the world

If you’re headed to the UK for the first time you’re going to love it – home of The Beatles, The British Royals, Tea, Scones and Shakespeare. There is so much to do and if you’re savvy with your planning, you won’t waste a minute of your trip.

If you’re planning your own excursions it is a good idea to book your transport in advance to make sure that you fit in everything you want to. You will need to know how many of you there will be and what kind of budget you’re working with.

If you’re staying in the city then you may find public transport is an easy option, but if you’re planning on going further afield then a private hire taxi cab can be the perfect option.

We ( run a free reverse auction taxi hire service. You put in your destinations and we will match you to the most suitable taxi companies. Taxi firms put forward their prices and you can book based on price, service rating and availability.

To really make the most of your time you can pre-book your taxi from anywhere in the world using the Cabmania Facebook app. On average users save 70% on an airport transfer and if you do the same for all your journeys you will be making a huge saving.

We recommend taking in some sights in the cities like Penny Lane, Liverpool and Buckingham Palace, London. There are also some amazing experiences to have in the countryside, from cider tasting to pub lunches and country walks!

If you are keen to find out more about where you are going let the taxi operator know, they may be able to match you with a driver who has local knowledge and is happy to give you a flying tour.

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