This month the Confused.com London Motor Show returns to the capital in its newly-expanded format with a host of brand new cars for visitors to view, touch and sit in over the course of four days.
The event is being held at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands and runs from 17-20 May. Highlights this year will include a new Live Arena and Built in Britain zone.
If you’re looking for an excuse to miss the royal wedding and kick a few tyres, then this is definitely the place to be on Saturday 19 May!
What do I need to know about the London Motor Show?
The London Motor Show has a long and rich history stretching back to 1896, when the inaugural event was held at the Imperial Institute in South Kensington and featured the latest new-fangled horseless carriages.
By 1903, it had moved south of the river to Crystal Palace before settling at Olympia in 1904. In 1976, it moved to Earl’s Court and then ExCeL from 2006 to 2008.
After a long absence, the show relaunched as an annual event in 2016 at Battersea Park, immediately becoming part of the capital’s rich diversity of spring events and makes a welcome return this year to ExCeL for the first time since 2008!
The show features a rich mix of carmakers and dealers enabling buyers to get the lowdown on finance deals and book test drives.
What’s new about this year’s London Motor Show?
Lots! The content is wider than ever before with a special Live Arena and plenty of family-friendly activities to keep future generations of petrol heads entertained from interactive games to simulators and more.
The show puts the visitor right at the heart of the event. So, expect to be able to sit behind the wheels of as many cars as you can.
But it’s not just cars on display. This year the show recognises a broad range of mobility options from motorbikes, garden tractors, diggers and motorhomes to the Bloodhound jet car!
Also, you’ll need to set aside time for special live events hosted by the stars of the hit TV series Car SOS and Paul Swift’s gravity-defying stunt shows.
There’s also a chance to sample the high-performance delights of a Lotus on a special handling circuit.
While for younger visitors there’s an unmissable opportunity to sit in with a professional trainer and drive a car at the Under 17s Experience from Mercedes-Benz World.
Which cars are going to be on show?
With around 200 vehicles due to be on display, it’s a long list! But here’s a taster.
Expect to a sneak preview of the Jaguar I-Pace, the first electric SUV from a premium European car brand, ahead of UK deliveries this summer.
And check out the all-new Range Rover Velar, the carmaker’s first medium-sized 4X4, which sits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in its expanding line-up.
What’s Built in Britain about?
One of the major attractions of this year’s London Motor Show will be the Built in Britain zone, which resonates with us here at The Car Expert, with our Best of British campaign.
As we head towards the post-Brexit world this will serve as a timely reminder that the UK is an international centre for automotive innovation and manufacturing with a special focus on vehicles built here and exported around the world.
The vehicles on display are diverse.
Jaguar Land Rover’s massive investment in UK manufacturing will be acknowledged by the Jaguar I-Pace and Range Rover Velar.
Classic Jaguars will also be celebrated by leading restorer Eagle with the Speedster E-Type and Low Drag GT.
Also expect to see the latest top-end models from Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Alongside the cars will be the latest motorcycles from Triumph, earth movers from JCB; Supacat, the military vehicle specialist, will show its Jackal; and Whitby Morrison will feature one of its ice cream vans!
When and where?
17-20 May, ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London.
Thursday 17 May 2pm-6pm
Friday 18 May 10am-6pm
Saturday 19 May 10am-6pm
Sunday 20 May 10am-5pm
How do I get tickets?
Tickets are available in advance costing £18.50 for adults with each adult able to take one child aged from 6-16 free, additional childrens’ tickets cost just £10.50.
Book online https://thelondonmotorshow.co.uk/visiting2018/ticket-information/ or pay on the day, although buying in advance could work out cheaper.
If you want to beat the crowds then why not go on 17 May, which is the official trade and press afternoon, running from 2pm-6pm? Tickets cost £18.50.