Emerging from Clapham Junction’s grey and predictable train station, I saw him straight away. A scarlet Mini Cooper, unflappable sixties gear, a glamorous assistant and the promise to show me London in a whole new light.
It just so happens that I am a London baby. I was born here, I’ve studied here and I’ve worked here. I know the etiquette of the tube and where to find the shortcuts between its spaghetti network. I know how to get free theatre tickets and where all the funkiest markets live. I’ve sunbathed in its parks, cycled past its deer and seen the inside of its law courts, police stations and hospitals (in a profesional capacity, I hasten to add.)
Yet, after all my years of travel, I’ve never played tourist. I’ve never stepped back into the swinging sixties and swerved through the streets, gaping at Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. I’d never snapped away at guards on horseback or at the pigeons in Trafalgar Square and I’d never gazed at St Paul’s from across the mighty Thames.
So when smallcarBIGCITY invited me to see London through their classic Mini Cooper tour, I thought it was about time I gave London the respect it deserves.
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Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com