A blue/black London Taxi sponsored by Plus500.

Cars in London

Some years ago I watched a few videos produced by a now-popular YouTuber named Sam whose channel is called Seen Through Glass. The creator envisioned driving around wearing Google Glass smart glasses—hence the name of the channel—while spotting all the cool and exotic cars he saw on the streets of his hometown of London in the United Kingdom. He managed to create many videos of increasingly professional quality, and despite describing his early videos as a “dodgy rip-off of the old Top Gear,” he rapidly gained a huge following. He abandoned using Google Glass very early on, but he retained the name of the channel since glass can also refer to the windshield of a car.

On the second day of our mini-vacation in London, Andrea and I saw how this city could provide so much content for a channel such as Seen Through Glass.

“This is a poor neighborhood,” Andrea ironically remarked as we walked by a grey Aston Martin, which was next to a wrought-iron fence and behind a blue Bentley Continental convertible, BMW 3-series sedan, Tesla sedan and Land Rover SUV. They were situated across the street from Hyde Park.

“Clearly,” I replied as we walked towards a Ferrari and Bentley dealership.

Below are some of the cars we spotted in those two days. Most of the vehicles below cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, but I’ve included a few others that are accessible to most people but nevertheless looked fantastic or interesting on the UK streets.

We saw many modern day MGs thanks to Andrea. We were walking down a street away from Piccadilly Circus and walked right by the MG Motor UK dealership there. I totally did not see it until Andrea—who knows I had an MGB—said, “Hey look, MG!”

A silver Rolls Royce in front of MG Motor UK near Piccadilly Circus in London.
A silver Rolls Royce in front of MG Motor UK near Piccadilly Circus in London.

We then crossed the street and wandered inside the shop. Apparently, nowadays MG is focusing on making crossovers and electric vehicles like most car companies are. But I was delighted to see that much of the store was a tribute to its sports car heritage, with an MG TF in front and MG memorabilia in the back.

Andrea pointing to a Superlative MGB sign in the memorabilia section of an MG store near Piccadilly Circus in London.
Andrea pointing to a Superlative MGB sign in the memorabilia section of an MG store near Piccadilly Circus in London.

I don’t think Seen Through Glass ever had an episode for MG. So it was nice to see modern day MGs in the flesh instead of behind glass or on TV.

A blue/black London Taxi sponsored by Plus500.
A blue/black London Taxi sponsored by Plus500.
A green London Taxi sponsored by AO.
A green London Taxi sponsored by AO.
A blue Ferrari in London.
A blue Ferrari in London.
A silver Bentley sedan in London.
A silver Bentley sedan in London.
A green sports car inside Harrod’s by the Little Car Company.
A green sports car inside Harrod’s by the Little Car Company.
A white Ferrari SF90 Spider on the streets of London.
A white Ferrari SF90 Spider on the streets of London.
A pink Nissan Figaro with a white convertible top.
A pink Nissan Figaro with a white convertible top.
An orange Fiat 500 on the streets of London.
An orange Fiat 500 on the streets of London.
A white MG SUV.
A white MG SUV.
A red MG ZS EV electric crossover.
A red MG ZS EV electric crossover.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee MG TF was the 1.5 millionth MG. It was inside the MG store near Piccadilly Circus in London.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee MG TF was the 1.5 millionth MG. It was inside the MG store near Piccadilly Circus in London.
A grey Aston Martin near Hyde Park in London.
A grey Aston Martin near Hyde Park in London.
A blue Bentley Continental convertible near Hyde Park in London.
A blue Bentley Continental convertible near Hyde Park in London.
A white Porsche Taycan.
A white Porsche Taycan.
A white Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
A white Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
Rear view of a white Porsche Taycan behind a white Fiat 500 on the streets of London.
Rear view of a white Porsche Taycan behind a white Fiat 500 on the streets of London.
A maroon BMW iX with a huge grill despite being electric.
A maroon BMW iX with a huge grill despite being electric.
A grey Porsche Boxster.
A grey Porsche Boxster.
A cream-colored Morgan in London.
A cream-colored Morgan in London.
A grey Volkswagen ID3 on the streets of London.
A grey Volkswagen ID3 on the streets of London.
A black Lamborghini URUS SUV in London.
A black Lamborghini URUS SUV in London.
A two-tone brown/white Bentley Bentayga SUV outside the Bentley dealership near Hyde Park.
A two-tone brown/white Bentley Bentayga SUV outside the Bentley dealership near Hyde Park.
A red Ferrari Roma inside the Ferrari dealership near Hyde Park.
A red Ferrari Roma inside the Ferrari dealership near Hyde Park.