London is a great city for car lovers. Whether you’re a passionate petrol head or a more casual fan you’ll see a wide variety of different makes and models from older vehicles to super cars, simply wondering down an average London street as you go about your day of meetings or sightseeing. But what of the real car lovers and those who want to get a little closer to the action? Here are our top picks for the best, most high-octane car-related things to do and see during your trip to London.
The London Motor Museum
The London Motor Museum is a dream for any car enthusiast. With an extensive collection of classic American cars, the museum tells the tale of early motoring through their packed showroom of vehicles, dating from the 1930s to the present day. There are over 160 exhibits to explore and vehicles on display include Herbie, the famous VW of TV and film stardom.
The ‘Car Geek Quiz’ is designed to test your motoring knowledge, and there are plenty of entertaining documentaries on offer in the dedicated cinema room.
Find out more about opening times and booking at the official website. The London Motor Museum is located in Hayes but is accessible via public transport from the Shaftesbury Hotel, London.
Supercar Driving Experience
The ideal day out for anyone who’s ever fancied getting behind the wheel of a top supercar and putting the pedal to the metal, the Supercar Driving Experience is one not to be missed! UDriveCars operates supercar driving experiences from several venues in London, all easily reachable from your base at the Shaftesbury Hotel London.
Find out more about the cost of individual experiences, which cars you can take for a spin and booking information at the official U-Drive website.
Bond in Motion
The London Film Museum is home to some classic cars from the James Bond film franchise, providing something extra special for both car enthusiasts and film fans alike. Many of the vehicles featured have never been on display before, and the current collection is the most extensive variety of Bond vehicles ever assembled. The collection includes the ‘archetypal Bond car’, the Aston Martin DB5 – and other instantly recognisable models such as the Rolls-Royce used in Bond classic Goldfinger.
Find out more about the exhibit and book tickets at the official London Film Museum website.
London Classic Car Show
An absolute must-see for real car lovers, the London Classic Car Show gives classic car fans everything they could want from an event so if you’re serious about motoring, coincide your stay at the Shafestbury Hotel London with this show.
With attendees ranging from the finest car dealers, manufacturers and car clubs to discerning car owners, the show features an array of different features including the ever popular indoor driving runway, giving attendees a chance to see these classic vintage vehicles in action. Entry to the event also includes complimentary entry to the Historic Motorsport International exhibition.