Lady on a Mini Cooper Tour of London

What would you do if a vintage red Mini Cooper pulled up to your front door? Would you admire it, take a picture of it, stop and ask the driver about it? Or would you get in and take a ride? If you were me and it pulled up yesterday, you would hop in the car and go for a Mini Cooper tour of London.

1974 Mini Cooper Dashboard

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t go around jumping into every car I see. But when the car is a British classic and the driver’s tours are #1 on Time Out’s list of the 101 Greatest Things to do in London, I really can’t resist.

Vintage Mini Cooper in London

Nor can I resist the urge to sing along to the classic 1960′s soundtrack playing from the beautifully refurbished interior of the 1974 Mini Cooper. Or the desire to smile every time Robert, the driver and founder of smallcarBIGCITY, tells me an amusing tale about the part of London we are whizzing by.

Buckingham Palace from a Mini Cooper

Our hour-long tour goes straight from my doorstep to Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, Mayfair, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Belgravia, and back. If I want to go elsewhere, Robert revs the engine, turns the wheel, and takes me wherever I desire. The car is his; the tour is mine.

Big Ben from a Mini Cooper

And I can’t decide whether that is the best part of my Mini Cooper tour of London, or if it is the smiles we get from everyone we pass on the street, or the excitement of discovering the city through the eyes of its most iconic car. Whatever it is, I know that the next time I see a vintage Mini, I will have to conjure every ounce of willpower to resist the urge to dive in and go for a spin.

6 Comments on Lady on a Mini Cooper Tour of London

  1. Mike Calelly
    December 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

    That is about as cool as it gets…thanks for posting this. Will most definitely be on the list of things to do!

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    • A Lady in London
      December 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Mike! I’m glad you like it as much as I do!

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  2. LIZZIE RYAN
    December 7, 2012 at 12:42 am (2 years ago)

    i WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF I CAN TAKE A RIDE IN THE VINTAGE MINI COOPER, CAN I HAVE THE PHONE OR THE PLACE I CAN FIND IT FOR A RIDE? THANK YOU

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    • A Lady in London
      December 7, 2012 at 8:06 am (2 years ago)

      Glad you like it, Lizzie. The company is called smallcarBIGCITY.

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  3. Andi
    December 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm (2 years ago)

    So so so soooooo cool!

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