I recently had the chance to visit London, which I hadn’t visited since I was 11 years old. I loved the experience, and I really enjoyed London, but one car-related thing that surprised me was just how many street-parked exotic cars are in London’s most expensive areas.
To be clear, I was expecting that London would be host to an enormous number of expensive and luxurious cars, especially in the summer, when wealthy people from all over the world converge on the city for its only decent weather period. What I was not expecting, however, was that they’d all be sitting there, parked on the street like it was nothing.
And this fact presented itself over and over again as I walked through various nice neighborhoods in London. It wasn’t uncommon to walk down a street and see a Ferrari parked in front of a Lambo parked in front of a simple Volkswagen Golf. I even saw roughly a dozen examples of the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan parked this way.
Of course, the reason for this is that many desirable parts of London are relatively compact, and buying a home there often means not getting a garage, as space is typically devoted to more important things like living areas instead. There’s also the fact that many inner-city London areas are very old, having been built before the explosion of cars in our society, so garages were never really a consideration during the construction of these places.
Regardless of the reasoning behind the phenomenon of these street-parked cars, it’s truly amazing to see it — streets lined with exotic cars that aren’t sitting at valet stands or roped off at car shows. Instead, they’re just parallel parked like normal vehicles next to actual normal vehicles, which are often worth considerably less. It’s an insurance adjuster’s worst nightmare, but it’s a typical sight in London.