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About

What we do…

smallcarBIGCITY offer Classic Mini Cooper Hire for event companies, travel operators, advertising agencies and distinguished private travelers.

Services we offer…

  • Bespoke Sightseeing Experiences
  • Group Events – Team Building, Treasure Hunts, Corporate Entertainment, Stag and Hen Dos
  • Classic Car Hire – Advertising Solutions, Props for Television and Film, Wedding Car Hire, Classic Car Event Hire, Self Drive Hire
  • Travel / Event Concierge / DMC Support – We organise events,  accommodation and activities throughout the UK.

Our reputation…

45,000+ happy customers. Listed the No.1 Greatest Thing To Do In London by Time Out Magazine. No.2 in UK Travellers Choice Awards. Fully accredited Virtuoso Partner through ‘The Accomplished Travel New York’. Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. Start-Up Britain and Make Your Mark Ambassadors. Visit London and London & Partners partner.

Why we do it

We love classic cars and London. We believe that visitors to London should feel like locals. We have restored a fleet of classic cars and trained a team of passionate local guides to show you London from a different perspective.

Our Goals

To Operate Our Company Sustainably

Find out about our carbon promise

To Contribute To A Robust Local Economy

Find out how we do this

History

Robert Welch, founder and Chap In Charge at smallcarBIGCITY was given a 1974 Mini Cooper for his 17th Birthday called Jules, that began a relationship that took him from student to entrepreneur. (Read more about Jules here)

“When friends came to visit me in London, I was amazed at how different their experience of the capital was from my own. As a local, I knew where to grab the best coffee and street food, which pubs had open fires in winter and gardens in summer, but whenever I spoke to visitors the conversation quickly turned to overpriced icecream in Leicester Square, monstrous queues outside major attractions and uninspiring restaurant chains. I wondered what it would take to be a tourist and still experience a city in a unique and authentic manner.” – Robert Welch.
smallcarBIGCITY was created to help solve this conundrum. Robert dreamt of running a company that steered away from conventional methods of touring the capital, to found a company that only used a fleet of classic cars, quintessentially English guides, music from the greatest decade of all time on the stereo and personal recommendations based on the client’s individual requirements. He wanted visitors to London to feel like locals, not tourists.

smallcarBIGCITY officially opened for business on the 26th August 2009 – exactly 50 years to the day that the first-ever classic Mini rolled off the production line, bring the swinging little Mini back onto the streets of London.

Sustainability has always been important to us, so we run numerous initiatives to reduce our impact on the planet – (Read our Carbon Promise here).  Our aim is to not only offset the carbon we produce, but to actually be carbon negative by 2022. Our goal is ambitious but simple – to operate the first fleet of zero-emission electric classic cars for hire and reward.  (Read more here)

Meet the Team

Robert Welch

Robert Welch

Chap In Charge
Tony Grant

Tony Grant

Head Gasket
Tom Gray

Tom Gray

Piston Head
Sarah Beckett

Sarah Beckett

Leading Lass
Eloise Harris

Eloise Harris

Local Guide
Lawrence Carmichael

Lawrence Carmichael

Local Guide
Josh Wirz

Josh Wirz

Local Guide
Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke

Local Guide
Annie Brewer

Annie Brewer

Local Guide
Stevie Hurst

Stevie Hurst

Local Guide
Paul Hurst

Paul Hurst

Local Guide
David Fanning

David Fanning

Local Guide
Andrea De Berardinis

Andrea De Berardinis

Local Guide
Spike Abbott

Spike Abbott

Local Guide
Gwen Van den Bout

Gwen Van den Bout

Local Guide
Jamie Fletcher

Jamie Fletcher

Local Guide
Anton Wisley

Anton Wisley

Local Guide
Jay Alom

Jay Alom

Local Guide
Patrick Doherty

Patrick Doherty

Local Guide
Glyn Jones

Glyn Jones

Local Guide
Ian Grover

Ian Grover

Local Guide