The City of London really does have a lot to offer to those who live there, as well as its visitors, especially when it comes to the car fanatics or those passionate about the British motor industry in general. There are a number of options in close proximity to the capital to get your car geek on, so if you’re hankering after a road trip, and you’re quite the car fan, then why not plan a visit to a car museum in London?
There are a few options available, it all depends on how far you’re wanting to drive… We take a look at some of the best options and listed them in order of distance from the Capital:
The London Film Museum
Location: 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BN
Distance from London: 5min drive
The London Film Museum, in Covent Garden, currently has a Bond In Motion exhibition running, showcasing some of the most iconic cars from the James Bond movies. Well worth a visit if you’re in the capital and love films and/or cars. Highlights include the Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre, the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye, the Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, and the Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro from You Only Live Twice.
Price: £14.50 per adult. £9.50 per child (free for under 5s)
Or if you’ve got a little more time on your hands, there’s the British Motor Museum situated two hours north of London. A little further in terms of drive but very much worth it to witness some of the most incredible offerings the British motor industry has produced over the years.
London Transport Museum
Location: Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BB
Distance from London: 5min drive
While in Covent Garden why not give the London Transport Museum a go. You’ll pay £18 as an adult and once you’ve paid once for one day, you can come back all year for free. It’s also free for anyone 17 and under which make it a great trip for the family. This one features more transport as a whole, such as coaches and trains etc, rather than purely cars. That said, it’s one of the more varied museums in our list and well worth a visit.
Price: £18 per adult (£16.50 online) 17 and under go free
London Motor Museum
Location: 3 Nestles Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 4SB
Distance from London: 50min drive
The London Motor Museum is just shy of an hour’s drive from the centre of London. It features a unique display of some of the most incredible American and European classic cars from the ’50s, right through to the ’80s. This classic car museum London offers a unique blend of classic and original to please the purists, along with some seriously cool custom offerings for the more out-there of its visitors. Whatever your flavour, there’ll be something you’ll simply be in awe of. There are often special exhibitions held at the venue, so be sure to do a little research before you go.
Price: £22.50 per adult. £15 per child
British Motor Museum
Location: Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ
Distance from London: 2hour drive
The British Motor Museum is the absolute must for car fanatics in the UK. It houses some of the most incredible British classic motors throughout the years. There are more than 300 British classic cars on display to feast your eyes on, including an impressive display from Jaguar Heritage Trust. There’s a lot to take in so ensure you allocate a good amount of time to be there and admire the cars as well as soak up the knowledge from the detailed guides on each one. There are activities for the whole family, as well as free tours available. Not only that, there’s always something going on at the Gaydon site so be sure to check out what’s on via their website.
Price: £14.50 per adult. £9.00 per child (free for under 5s)
We’ve also got an awesome option for those into their two-wheelers, too.
London Motorcycle Musuem
Location: Ravenor Farm, 29 Oldfield Lane, Greenford, London UB6 9LB
Distance from London: 40min drive
If you’re a motorcycle fan then the London Motorcycle Museum is for you. There’s some 170 machines, as well as other exhibits, on permanent display at the site and it’s always growing. Currently, the collection includes a 1902 Ormonde, an Austin 7 engine housed in a Norton frame, a number of café racers and road bikes from ABC to Zenith, as well as an awesome array of Triumphs.
Price: £12 per adult. £5.00 per child (free for under 5s)
If after viewing one of these museums your dying to get out on the road yourself, have a look at the cars we have available in London!