A London Mini Cooper Tour: The Coolest Way to See London

By Abi King | England

Mar 25

Zipping around London in a classic Mini Cooper: Cool, sexy and a ridiculous amount of fun. - via @insidetravellab

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

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, Babymini cooper smallcarBIGCITY - fun things to do in London

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

Sunshine, Westminster Abbey & Mini Cooper London

Westminster Abbey, London

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 an award-winning writer and author who swapped a successful career as a hospital doctor for a life on the road. With over 60 countries under her belt, she's worked for Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveller and more. She is passionate about sustainable tourism and was invited to speak on the subject at the EU-China High Level summit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Here she writes about food, travel and history and she invites you to pull up a chair and relax. Let's travel more and think more. Welcome!

  • 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 says:

    Soooo jealous because that is soooo cool. What fun!

  • Akila says:

    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 says:

    This is just brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  • Serena says:

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

  • Bluegreen Kirk says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • Steve says:

    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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