The Coolest Way to Travel in London In a Mini Cooper with Small Car Big City

By Abi King | England

Mar 25

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Zipping Around London in a Classic Mini Cooper: Cool, Sexy and  A Ridiculous Amount of Fun.

Classic Mini Cooper & Big Ben in London, smallcarBIGCITY, Cool London Travel

The Coolest Way to See London

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.

London, Baby

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.

Enjoy the photos, enjoy the video and fasten your seatbelts for the coolest way to travel around London:


Classic Mini Cooper - Coolest way to get around London

Classic Mini Cooper

Guard on horseback in London

London, Baby

Sunshine, Westminster Abbey & Mini Cooper London

Westminster Abbey, London

Peaceful Protests Outside the Houses of Parliament, London

Peaceful Protests Outside the Houses of Parliament

Scarlet Mini Cooper - the Coolest Way to Travel in London

The Coolest Way to Travel in London


To arrange your own cool tour of London, contact smallcarBIGCITY.


About the Author

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

Camels & Chocolate March 25, 2011

Gorgeous shots as always! I was just telling Scott that I can’t go anywhere in SF anymore without seeing four or five Minis in one trip! I wonder if they’ve had a second coming of late, or have gone down in price maybe? They’re swarming the city!

Sonja March 25, 2011

Soooo jealous because that is soooo cool. What fun!

Akila March 25, 2011

Love the classic Mini Coopers! They are SO cool. I totally want one but my husband says that they are too girlie. Ah well . . . .

Vibeke March 28, 2011

This is just brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

Serena March 28, 2011

i’m plannig an easter trip to london, i’m gonna try, maybe…

Bluegreen Kirk March 28, 2011

What a nice car but is the classic mini smaller than the ones in the states? That just looks so small. love the car but those are a lot of lights on the front.

Abi King March 31, 2011

Not sure if they’re different in size elsewhere, actually. I wouldn’t want one for everyday transport but for a cool way to see London – I’d love to do it all again!

Sonya April 2, 2011

Mini Coopers are a way cool way to see London and other places! Lovely post and photos!

Steve April 6, 2011

Beautiful car – could do with some smart alloys though, or at least some polished chrome hubcaps…. Reminds me of a beetle I owned when I was a boy….

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