In my bid to visit every London museum, the London Motor Museum was an obvious choice for my next trip as it is located fairly near to where I live. The museum, which is the only custom car museum in Europe, is a short walk from Hayes & Harlington train station, so I headed down one sunny Sunday.
The museum was founded by Elo, a former model and fashion designer, who turned a passion for collecting special cars into this unique museum. It began in 2001 with just seven cars, and moved to its current location in 2007, with a collection of over 200 cars.
The museum is large and airy, with information boards hanging on the walls. The cars are displayed by theme, with sections for cars of different eras, as well as one for cars from films and TV shows. As well as Mr Bean’s famous yellow Mini, there is a wooden wagon from Robin Hood and there is even a ‘Bat Cave’ with both the 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles.
The museum doesn’t just have cars: there is a section with motorbikes and another rather bizarre one with tractors.
A car enthusiast would love this museum. The biggest problem is the cost. The adult entrance fee is a whopping £30 which I frankly wouldn’t have considered paying. I was able to get a much better deal from the Living Social website. If you can get a good deal, however, it’s worth paying this museum a visit.
Address: 3 Nestles Avenue, Hayes, UB3 4SB
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Prices: Adults £30 (£22.50 online), concessions £20 (£15 online). Annual membership is available.