London’s Best Car Boot Sales

Heading down to a car boor sale on a Sunday morning is a tradition as British as fish and chips. If the sound of rummaging about in the hopes of finding some treasures, alongside the mouldy paperbacks and broken ‘70s lamps, sounds like your cup of tea, check out our guide to the best London car boot sales:


Battersea Car Boot Sale

The Battersea Car Boot Sale prides itself on being “the original Sunday afternoon car boot sale in London” and attracts a discerning crowd with prices a little too high for more thrifty bargain hunters. It’s great for vintage fashion, second-hand designer garms and lots of other goodies. If you’re hoping for some great vintage finds but don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to hunt them down, this is the boot sale for you.

Location: Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP

Opening times & entrance fee:  12pm- 5pm on Sundays. Entry is £3 from 12pm, 50p after 1.30pm. Tel: 07941 383 588


Holloway Car Boot Sale

This car boot sale in Islington is great for casual browsers and those strapped for cash thanks to its free entry. Students also get 20% discounts at some stalls and the boot sale is located conveniently close to City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University. Here you’ll find an interesting mixture of cheap clothes, vintage housewares and some other bits and pieces.

Location: A1 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LJ – opposite Odeon cinema

Opening times & entrance fee: 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2.30pm on Sundays. Free entry.


Wimbledon Car Boot Sale

Wimbledon car boot opens early and the best bargains are to be had with the early-bird entry. There are still plenty of deals for the rest of the day though, with a wide selection of jewellery, vintage crockery and quality clothing to be found amongst the more questionable things on offer. Many vintage shops and market stall holders shop here for their stock, which is then sold on at much higher prices elsewhere.

Location: Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL

Opening times & entrance fee:  10.30am-2pm on Wednesday, 6.30am-1pm on Saturday and 7am-1.30pm on Sunday. Early-bird entry for the first hour is £2 and 50p thereafter.

Tel: 07785 706 506


Stoke Newington Car Boot Sale

Stoke Newington has long been a popular area with the hipster set and this is reflected in the wares available at the weekend car boot sale held at Princess May Primary School. The selection of costume jewellery is particularly good and there are plenty of vintage and retro wares to suit all tastes. There’s also an area for indoor pitches, making this a good choice for a rainy day.

Location: Princess May Primary School, Barrett’s Grove, London, N16 8DF

Opening times & entrance fee:  9am-3pm on Saturdays and 9am-2pm on Sundays. £3 early-bird entry before 9am and 50p during normal opening hours.


Hounslow West Car Boot Sale

Hounslow is not the best location for vintage fashion hunters but you’ll find a good selection of second-hand clothing, furniture, new housewares and general bric-a-brac. There’s also a popular butcher and green grocer on-site so you can stock up on fresh produce before heading home.

Location: Hounslow West Station Car Park, Bath Road, London, TW3 3DH

Opening times & entrance fee:  7.30-4pm on Saturdays and 7.30am-3pm on Sundays. Free entry.

Tel: 01895 639 912


St Mary’s Car Boot Sale

The car boot at St Mary’s is run by the same team behind the Princess May car boot sale at Stoke Newington and you’ll find a similar vibe and selection of items here. It’s great for retro home wares and decorative pieces and there’s a nice selection of vintage fashion too. You can also checkout the nearby St Augustine’s car boot sale on Kilburn Park Road while you’re in the area.

Location: St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Quex Road, London, NW6 4PG

Opening times & entrance fee:  10am-3pm on Saturdays. £3 early-bird entry before 10am and 50p during normal opening hours.


Capital Car Boot Sale

This indoor and outdoor car boot sale has a more high-end feel than many of the other local markets and is a great place to shop for antiques, designer accessories and good-quality vintage fashion. This is a well organised car boot sale, with good facilities and a warm and friendly atmosphere – a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Location: Pimlico Academy, Lupus St, London, SW1V 3AT

Opening times & entrance fee: 1pm-4pm every Sunday. £5 early-bird entry from 11am and £1 after 1pm.



London’s Top 10 Cake Shops & Pâtisseries

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. We’ve tracked down and taste-tested some the capital’s most delectable sweet treats in the name of research and in order to bring you this definitive top 10 of London’s very best cake shops and pâtisseries. You can thank us later….


Maison Bertaux

Maison Bertaux is a cake-making institution to be found on Soho’s Greek Street. It can comfortably claim to be one of the oldest patisseries in the city, having first been established in 1871. Though you can purchase cream-filled cakes and pastries to take away, we recommend eating in and marveling at the eclectic décor that is a big part of the appeal.

Maison Bertaux, 28 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DQ


Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury serves up delightful afternoon tea from its two locations in St Paul’s and Marylebone. Satisfying the capital’s sweet tooth since 2009, they offer signature, gluten-free and vegetarian afternoon teas, all priced at £30, as well as fluffy pancakes for brunch and cream teas.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury, 83 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BX


Belle Epoque Patisserie

Husband and wife duo Eric and Hulya Rousseau are the team behind traditional French bakers and pastry makers Belle Epoque Patisserie, tucked away in Stoke Newington and Islington, but also now resplendently housed in Selfridges. Open since 2002 and widely recognized as one of the most authentic cake shops of its kind in the capital, you will find quiches, traditional French bread and delicious light lunches alongside the array of sugary creations. Relax and enjoy the Parisian café surroundings and scrumptious coffee.

Belle Epoque Patisserie, 37 Newington Green, London, N16 9PR


Lily Vanilli

If you see people queuing on Columbia Road first thing on a Sunday, chances are they’re in line for some delicious baked goods from the Lily Vanilla cafe, open since 2010. Described by Evening Standard Magazine as “the Queen of baked goods”, Lily creates tarts, cookies and cakes as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate, with a seasonal menu and plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices on offer.

Sundays only from 8.30 – 6 – The Courtyard, Ezra Street, London E2 7RH


Primrose Bakery

The founders of Primrose Bakery have been icing cupcakes since 2004, and can be found on Gloucester Avenue in Primrose Hill. This bakery’s USP is definitely the ingenious Cocktail Cupcakes, a menu which includes Gin & Tonic, Espresso Martini and Aperol Spritz treats. As well as selling delicious baked goods, you can also learn how to make your own with the selection of master classes on offer.

Primrose Bakery, 69 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8LD


The Little Bread Pedlar

Don’t be fooled by the name, The Little Bread Pedlar does far more than just sourdough (though the sourdough is world-beating). The pastries menu includes the most luxurious almond croissants you’re ever likely to eat, pain au chocolat, bakewell tarts, brownies, fruit danishes – hungry yet? You’ll find them at Spa Terminus near Bermondsey, and at a stall in Canopy Market, King’s Cross at the weekend.

Unit 4-6, Spa Business Park, Dockley Road, London, SE16 3FJ


Crumbs and Doilies

Once voted purveyors of the “best birthday cake” by the Financial Times, bakery Crumbs and Doilies likes to think of itself as London’s “spiritual home of the cupcake”. The team now boasts a central location at 1 Kingly Court in Covent Garden selling their freshly baked goods, made only with the finest ingredients – you will find no additives or preservatives here. Bespoke cupcakes can be made to order for any occasion, whether it be a hen do to an office party.

Crumbs and Doilies, 1 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW


Violet Cakes

Californian Claire Ptak started selling sweet treats in 2005 on Broadway Market, and famously had the honour of making Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake in 2018. The buttercream icings on her cupcakes are folded with fruit purees that change with the seasons – expect Kentish strawberries and Dorset blueberries in summer, Fragola grapes from Italy in Autumn. If you need any more persuasion to visit, may we suggest a scroll through @violetcakeslondon on Instagram.

Violet Cakes, 47 Wilton Way, London, E8 3ED


Hummingbird Bakery

The capital’s most recognizable cupcake chain, American-style bakers Hummingbird’s goods were once famously praised by Gwyneth Paltrow, who called their creations “legendary”. Four cookbooks and many locations later and the signature red velvet cupcakes are just as fresh and mouth-wateringly good as ever. We love the delightful cake box-bags that you’re given when you take away.

Hummingbird Bakery, 133 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DY



A peek in the window of Ottolenghi is enough to give you a sugar rush. From lemon and polenta cake to passionfruit meringue tart, half the pleasure of these sweet treats is in the irresistible presentation. Everything is freshly made and free from preservatives and colouring, and wherever possible made using goods sourced within Britain and Europe. You can find these delis in Islington, Notting Hill, Kensington and Belgravia.

Ottolenghi, 287 Upper Street, London N1 2TZ



Sainsbury’s extends Gok Wan for Tu collaboration

Following the huge success of Gok Wan’s range for Tu at Sainsbury’s, the store has announced it is extending the collaboration for another year. The range has been the retailer’s most successful celebrity partnership ever, and we expect more of the same in the coming year. There will be five more collections, starting with an Autumn line which is now in stores, and a winter collection boasting party dresses a-plenty. James Brown, who is the head of clothing for Sainsbury’s said, “the collaboration with Gok Wan resonates perfectly with our customers and we are delighted to work with Gok for another year on five more collections.”


Commercial vehicles drive April sales

LIGHT commercial vehicles and 4×4 utes have propped up an otherwise declining car market in April, according to VFACTS figures released today.

A total of 83,135 overall sales were made in April, down 5.1 per cent on last year’s figure of 87,571. However, 4×4 utilities saw an 11.1 per cent spike and a 1-2 ranking courtesy of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, while light commercial sales rose by 3.1 per cent.

Both sectors are also on the up year-to-date, with 1.8 per cent growth for light commercials and 1.7 for SUVs – led by the medium SUV market.

According to CEO of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Tony Weber, public holidays played a role in the April downturn.

“There were two less selling days overall in April this year compared with last, but added to this was the dampening effect that the holiday period had on dealership traffic as many families headed off to enjoy a final break before winter,” said Weber.

The Toyota Corolla was third in sales for April ahead of its rival, the Mazda 3, despite dips in sales on last year.

In the manufacturer battle, Toyota continues to lead Mazda, with Hyundai third, then Holden, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, VW, Kia and Subaru rounding out the top ten.


Mercedes-AMG boss to take the reigns at Aston Martin

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers set to join Aston Martin Lagonda
Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers will join Aston Martin Lagonda

MERCEDES-AMG CEO Tobias Moers is headed for Aston Martin. The 54-year-old will take the reigns of the performance car company in August after current President and Group Chief Executive Dr Andy Palmer agreed to step down from his role.

In the interim, current Vice President and Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer Keith Stanton will step into the role of interim Chief Operating Officer to support the Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll.

Tobias is a highly successful and experienced automotive professional having spent more than 25 years in senior roles at Daimler AG, before his current position as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO at Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

He is also acting Chief Technical Officer at AMG and has established a successful track record of implementing business transformation in a competitive environment.

Under Tobias’ leadership, Mercedes-AMG has more than doubled its product portfolio and quadrupled the number of AMG units sold, with a clear pipeline of further expansion opportunities, including electrification of power trains in the performance segment.

Tobias’ focus on operating and manufacturing efficiency has delivered significant margin expansion. This strong financial performance was supported by the introduction of a clear brand strategy, which delivered a measurable increase in brand value and awareness.

“The Board has determined that now is the time for new leadership to deliver our plans. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Andy for his hard work, personal commitment and dedication to Aston Martin Lagonda since 2014,” Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin Lagonda Executive Chairman said.

“In that time the Company has successfully renewed its core sports car range, with the DB11, Vantage and DBS Superleggera, and has brought the brand’s first SUV, DBX to a point of readiness for deliveries to start in the summer,” he added.

“Furthermore, the development of the era-defining Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has paved the way for the mid-engined range to come. I would also like to recognise his leadership through the current challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19.”

Stroll describes Moers as an exceptionally talented automotive professional and a proven business leader with a strong track record during his many years at Daimler AG, with whom Aston Martin has a long and successful technical and commercial partnership.

“Throughout his career he has delivered product expansion, strengthened brand positioning and improved profitability. He is the right leader for Aston Martin Lagonda as we implement our strategy for the business to achieve its full potential.”

Ahead of taking up his new role, Tobias Moers said he’s truly excited to be joining Aston Martin Lagonda at this point of its development, and is relishing the chance to work for the iconic brand.

“I believe that there is a significant opportunity to harness the strengths of the business to successfully deliver the planned product expansion and brand elevation,” he said.

“I am looking forward to working with Lawrence and the whole Aston Martin team to build a stronger business for our customers, our employees, our partners and our shareholders.”

Andy Palmer leaves his role at Aston Martin Lagonda after almost six years in the post. He oversaw the launch of the new DBX.


Stelvio is king of the ‘Ring

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

AHEAD of its 2018 Australian launch, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title of world’s fastest production SUV, setting a new benchmark lap time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring; lapping the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.

The new benchmark time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record and was set at the hands of Fabio Francia, the same driver who also set the track record for the fastest four-door sedan in the world on the Nürburgring with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, in a time of just 7 minutes and 32 seconds.

The first SUV Alfa Romeo has ever built follows in the brand’s spirit: distinctive Italian style, state-of-the-art and innovative engines, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and excellent weight-to- power ratio.

“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials that enable and deliver perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity, class-exclusive carbon fibre driveshaft and the most direct steering available.

The heart and soul of this ultra-high performance SUV is an all-aluminium, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24- valve Twin-Turbo inter-cooled V6 engine, delivering 375kW, to which the standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system is paired for the first time. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with specific settings for shifting in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.

Designed to enhance the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminium 2.9-litre V-6 Twin-Turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low centre of gravity within the chassis.

Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation system to maximise fuel efficiency.



MX-5 lands in Oz

All new Mazda MX5 Roadster GT

IT is now more than 25 years since Japanese car maker Mazda lifted the covers of the original MX-5, and today, its 2015 officially goes on sale in Australia.

With almost 17,000 Australian sales since its launch in 1989, the all-new fourth generation ND model hits the market from $31,990 (plus on-roads), a mere $2,000 more than the 1989 introductory price, but with considerably more standard features.

Available in two grades – the Roadster and the high-spec Roadster GT, the Mazda MX-5 will also offer two powertrains and two transmission types.

Launching with a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine which outputs 96kW of power and 150Nm of torque, the MX-5 comes with either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

With fuel economy figures that have improved by almost 25 per cent compared to its predecessor, the 1.5 litre with 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission sips from as little as 6.1L/100km while the automatic records a lean 6.4L/100km.

Weighing in from 1,009kg, the ND is more than 90kg lighter compared to the previous NC model and a new suspension system improves turn-in ability, stability when braking and control when cornering.

A newly designed soft top makes it easy to open and close the roof in seconds, while Mazda-first double pinion electronic power steering is introduced in the new model.

MZD Connect, Mazda’s advanced infotainment system, with a seven-inch touch screen operated by a centrally located commander control makes its debut on MX-5. It’s available as an option on the 1.5 litre Roadster and as standard equipment on the 1.5 litre Roadster GT and the 2.0 litre range.

Available in six striking colours, including the popular Soul Red and the recently introduced Ceramic Metallic, the range comes with three interior trims, including black cloth for the Roadster and a choice of black or tan leather in Roadster GT.

The 1.5 litre range is available from today, while the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol version, with 118kW of power and 200Nm of torque, will go on sale later this year.


Bolder, tougher HiLux as Toyota upgrades ute range

2020 Toyota HiLux
2020 Toyota HiLux

A bolder, tougher looking HiLux range has made its global debut, featuring an expanded line-up, and significant improvements to performance, fuel economy, ride comfort, towing and equipment levels.

The updated HiLux, arriving in Australian showrooms from late August, offers beefier output from its biggest selling 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine due to multiple new components and enhanced cooling.

Maximum power has increased to 150kW, while peak torque on automatic models has been ramped up to 500Nm. Fuel consumption also improves by up to 11.1 per cent while tuned accelerator response delivers greater driver control.

The upgraded HiLux range retains a 2.8 litre turbo diesel and a 2.7-litre four cylinder petrol engine, along with three transmissions, 4×2 and 4×4 drive, three body styles (single, extra and double cabs), and two configurations (pick-up or cab-chassis).

There’s five equipment levels (in ascending order Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X). Suspension upgrades including revised shock absorber tuning, new bushings and improved leaf spring design provide a more comfortable ride.

The new system works particularly well over rough roads and with low loads while maintaining HiLux’s legendary off-road capabilities. 4×4 models gain downhill assist control, an additional traction control feature when using 2WD mode.

Towing capacity for automatic 4×4 HiLux variants, including new double cab chassis Workmate and SR5 derivatives, has been upgraded to a maximum of 3500kg to match the manual versions.

On 4×2 variants, all diesel automatics are now rated at 2800kg, an increase of up to 300kg. Revised exterior styling delivers a tough, robust on-road presence for HiLux that is more in keeping with the global Toyota ute/truck family.

A stronger on-road presence is achieved by a large trapezoidal grille that dominates the front design and incorporates more pronounced horizontal elements that deliver a wider, more planted look.

Grille surrounds differ by grade while newly designed headlights are smaller, for a ‘meaner’ look, and light clusters include LEDs on high grades.

Inside, all models have been upgraded to an 8-inch display screen with enhanced voice recognition and the latest smartphone integration functions, including the adoption of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

SR and higher grades are also equipped with satellite navigation and digital (DAB+) radio. A 4.2 inch multi-information display in the instrument binnacle incorporates a digital speed readout, among other new functions.

Personalisation remains a hallmark of HiLux with a wide range of accessories enabling customers to tailor their vehicles to their own work or leisure requirements. Further information, including pricing, will be announced closer to launch.

2020 Toyota HiLux2020 Toyota HiLux
Inside the next generation Toyota HiLux


Flagship Alpina B7 lands in Australia

2017 BMW Alpina B7

GERMAN car maker BMW has landed its flagship model in Australia, with the exceptional Alpina B7 set to bring a thrilling driving experience, luxury and precision dynamics to the hotly contested V8 performance car space.

Are you salivating yet? No. Well you should be.

Powerd by a bi-turbo 4.4-litre V8, the Alpina B7 is capable of zero-100km/h in 4.2 seconds, thanks to its 447kW direct injection petrol engine (did we mention the 800Nm of torque), with a top speed of 330km/h.

It has a rear wheel steering system and utilises the extremely rigid BMW 7 Series body, with touch of a button Sports+ mode – which adjusts all vehicle, drivetrain and suspension settings to maximum dynamic performance, and lowers the ride height by 20mm for more agility and high speed stability.

The Alpina’s stainless steel sports exhaust system with two twin-tailpipes features active exhaust valves and delivers a sporty, sonorous soundtrack, with the entire beastly package sitting on classic 21-inch 20-spoke forged wheels.

Inside, there is a luxurious ambience, with refined materials of the highest quality and a modern, clear interior design with discreet Alpina details. The hand-finished sports steering wheel finished in lavalina leather with blue/green stitching adds to the bespoke nature of the vehicle.

A digital, full-colour LED instrument panel also offers customisation, with classic blue instruments with red needles in Comfort mode, blue/green dials and drag indicators in Sport mode and an Eco Pro display.

Set to be exclusive (limited numbers will be available in Australia), the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo sedan will hit the road at $369,720 (plus on-roads), and comes with a three year/200,000km warranty. A Drexler Motorsport limited-slip differential option is also available.


Aston Martin, Bentley and Lamborghini return to production

Aston Martin, Bentley and Lamborghini returning to production
Bentley Motors are set to restart vehicle manufacturing

CAR makers across the globe, including supercar manufacturers like Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Bentley, have returned to vehicle production in recent days, albeit under extreme restrictions.

For Aston Martin Lagonda this week begins a carefully planned phased return to work for a number of its manufacturing staff as the business looks to prudently restart car making while adjusting to the new normal, and overcoming the threat of COVID-19.

Working closely with the trade unions, Aston Martin has developed detailed return-to-work protocols to be followed by employees returning to their jobs at the brand’s manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales.

Production workers at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire will follow at a later date, as will office and support staff at Aston Martin Lagonda’s various other UK sites.

The meticulously planned procedures are aimed at protecting individual staff members, their colleagues, their families and the wider community. The social distancing, health and hygiene instructions cover every aspect of a staff member’s interaction.

Dozens of individual actions and instructions have been drawn up to support  staff, with carefully calculated limits on employee numbers on site and working at any given time. Appropriate PPE is being provided to all returning staff too, including mandatory masks.

Temperature checks on arrival at work are also being introduced. Scott Ward, the director of manufacturing at the company’s St Athan site said the health of staff was absolutely paramount in the slow and careful return to car building.

“The arrangements we have put in place here for our phased return to work as we continue to build the brand’s first SUV – the highly anticipated DBX – are designed to support the health and safety of staff,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bentley Motors will introduce a set of around 250 comprehensive and wide-ranging new hygiene and social distancing measures under an employee program called ‘Come Back Stronger’.

The strategy allows the company to implement a safe, phased return to production at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England, from 11 May. The plan also marks the biggest change to daily working life in the company’s 100 year history.

“The time is now right for Bentley to begin a gradual and controlled return to production, while ensuring our sites are the safest place any of us can be,” Bentley Motors CEO Adrian Hallmark said.

“Everybody will be able to play their part to ensure we can continue Bentley’s extraordinary journey into the future of luxury, sustainable mobility.”

Automobili Lamborghini also restarted production at its Sant-Agata Bolognese factory on Monday, under strict guidelines, negotiated between trade unions, the car maker and the Italian government.

“We are ready to restart with great energy, but also with strict protocols for safeguarding what is most precious to us: the safety of our people,” CEO Stefano Domenicali said.

“This priority is why we were the first Italian automotive company to close and continues to be our guiding principle for a well-reasoned and safe recovery, because we still have not won the battle against COVID-19.”