Motoring Attractions in Islington

London Motor Museum
London Motor Museum

A short distance out of Islington to the west is the London Motor Museum, said to be the only custom car museum in Europe! There is a fantastic collection of classic and custom cars here ranging from the 1930’s to the present day. You can see hot rods, film cars such as the Batmobile (yes the actual one from the film) and a signed Ford Torino that was used in Starsky and Hutch. Some of the recent exhibitions include the Bat Cave, Muscle Car Alley, Tractors & WWII, 50’s & 60’s America, and The Supercar Paddock (featured at Top Gear 2012). There is also a coffee bar if you need to re fuel before further exploration, and even a Mini Driving Experience!

 

London Canal Museum

Housed in a 19th century former ice warehouse, the London Canal Museum looks at both this part of its unique history and also the history of the waterways and those that worked on them. Explore the inside of a narrow boat cabin, and learn all about the people who lived and worked on the network of waterways. There is also a canal-side walk from the Museum to Camden Town, which is well worth it especially on a sunny day.

 

Morris Fire Engine
Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

To the north of Islington in Enfield, you will find the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport. Situated in a red brick Victorian pumping station, the museum is home to an impressive collection of classic vehicles ranging from fire engines, delivery vans, classic cars, motorbikes and even a model railway. Owned and operated by the Enfield and District Veteran Vehicle Trust, they also organise the annual Enfield Pageant of Motoring every spring, which is well worth seeing. The onsite gift shop also stocks a wide range of transport related memorabilia from greetings cards to tea towels, to limited edition model cars. They also hold a regular Autojumble if you are looking for a particular spare part for your own classic car.