London is a center for finance, media, fashion and culture and as such, it has long been thought of as a destination where one can go to flash their cash!
However, even for London’s usual high standards, in the past few weeks the English capital city has seen more than its fair share of luxury cars thanks to an influx of visitors from the rich Arab states.
The UK leg of the annual excursion by rich luxury car owners from various Arab states is known as The Season. An array of brightly colored, personalized luxury sports cars have been spotted by residents and visitors and has left many bemused by the spectacle.
The exclusive neighborhoods of Kensington and Knightsbridge are where many of the high end luxury cars have been seen and others have been photographed outside the swanky Mayfair hotel The Dorchester.
Some of these luxury sports cars have included a Bugatti Veyron, a Koenigsegg Agera, a Lamborghini Aventador and a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
A Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe sprayed all-over pink was spotted with an Abu Dhabi number plate and a bright yellow Ferrari 599 from Saudi Arabia has also been seen. An Iraqi registered Mercedes 4×4 has been a common sighting and many Londoners have been left surprised at the sudden increase in luxury cars on their roads.
Resident Matt Rogers said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I walked past the Dorchester hotel this morning and I saw all of these beautiful cars in one place! I have never been lucky enough to see a Bugatti Veyron before and I saw two parked together followed by one driving past me all in the space of two minutes.”
Unfortunately, some of the drivers had a blatant disregard for the rules of the road in London and one man from Bahrain was caught powersliding his Nissan GT-R into busy traffic; just a few feet from a host of pedestrians. Two Ferrari F430 cars (one from Dubai and one from Saudi Arabia) were spotted being clamped for illegal parking.
However, there were plenty of harmless posers as well and everyone seemed to enjoy the spectacle from those who were driving around the streets of London in their luxury cars down to those who were lucky enough to watch them!