19 Nov 2015
5 Places To Take Your Car Fanatic Friend In London
London might not be the best place to enjoy the thrill of driving – with the endless stream of double-decker buses and mammoth lorries taking up the road – but that doesn't mean you can't appreciate the beauty of automobile design in the capital. These five places will have any car fanatic friend drooling into their copy of Top Gear magazine!
The Ferrari showroom
Unfortunately, we can’t afford one, but there’s no harm in looking, right? @DSB555 certainly thought so after a trip to Ferrari London, the capital’s premier venue for ogling Italian luxury sports cars: ‘Wow! La Ferrari in the showroom has to be seen to be believed...what a machine. A huge leap forward from the Enzo.’ You can view the full fleet – including LaFerrari and the stunning 488 - at the showroom in South Kensington.
Wow! La Ferrari in the showroom has to be seen to be believed...what a machine. A huge leap forward from the Enzo.— Dan Baines (@DSB555) February 22, 2015
London Motor Museum
A true Mecca for petrol heads, the London Motor Museum features one of the largest collections of classic and custom automobiles in Europe. Located in Hayes, Greater London, its standout exhibits include a 1937 Auburn Speedster and a 1967 Eleanor GT500, alongside more wacky engines, such as two different Batmobiles, Herbie the VW Beetle and a DeLorean.
Nissan Innovation Station
Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to be a professional racing driver? Well, now you can find out at The O2’s Nissan Innovation Station, which features driving simulators, body composition testing at the NISMO performance lab and the chance to test drive a 100% electric Nissan LEAF. @jaymctay was certainly impressed, tweeting ‘@TROexperiential lovely day for a test drive at the @Nissan Innovation Station!’ We knew all those hours playing Gran Turismo would eventually come in useful.
Bond In Motion
If there’s one thing James Bond is known for – apart from glamorous women, copious cocktails and jet-setting espionage – it’s cutting-edge spy cars. And thanks to the London Transport Museum, you can see a host of them up close and personal at the Bond In Motion exhibition, including Connery’s legendary Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the car-submarine hybrid Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me (as well as less conventional items, such as Roger Moore’s crocodile submersible).
Built on the site of the legendary Brooklands Racing Circuit – the world’s first purpose-built race track, which opened way back in 1907 – this museum hosts a variety of unique events for the classic car connoisseur, including their upcoming Autumn Motorsport Day, which features a host of Formula 1, F5000 and Group B rally cars being put through their paces on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World Circuit. Oh, and they’ve got an aircraft hanger exhibition with an ACTUAL Concorde in it.