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6 May 2011

Test drive a smart car in Central London

A PR agency contacted your author on Wednesday with a last-minute need-someone-to-make-up-the-numbers invitation to come down to the South Bank yesterday and test drive a smart car around the windy streets of Central London. It sounded like one of those fun jollies that he occasionally gets to go on, so he accepted.

The good news, however, is that there was nothing special about his invite, and until 16th May anyone with a license can take a drive. For those who don't make a habit of driving in London, it's actually rather fun, and your author picked his way around windy lanes North of the river, circumnavigating the Savoy, heading up Farting Lane, and almost getting hit by a reversing van outside the Edgar Wallace.

The smart urban stage (for that is the name) is situated on a car park on Doon Street - on the South Bank behind ITV - and there is also an exhibition about some worthy projects smart are championing. And the even better news is that you won't have to sit through a long boring chat by girl out of Kenickie and girl who stole Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 show in order to get to your drive.

For more information and to book a free drive, see http://www.smarttestdrives.co.uk/


  1. Love the reference to 'Farting Lane', I had no idea... The car sounds fun too, but as a lifelong pedestrian, I think I'll stick to shank's pony.

  2. Thanks, mate. Absurd as having a car in Central London is, it was fun to try for a few minutes.