Elite Living Africa Mclaren car The London Motor Show took place at Battersea Park between 5-7 May 2016. (Photo: Paul McMillan)London has been deprived of a motor show for quite a while now with the last British Motor Show taking place in 2008. But visitors from around the world descended on pretty Battersea Park by the River Thames this month for the London Motor Show.

Classics, such as the brilliant old Bentley Blower rubbed shoulders with newer offerings

Kahn Design also offered some stand-out vehicles with the modified Aston Martin Vengeance, a triumph of shiny black curves, proving very popular in the foyer of the exhibition space. Outside, Kahn Design's Chelsea Tractor Company displayed the Defender 90, a one-off that Afzal Kahn himself modified, resplendent with a striped design that carried on from the outside to the interior, and the brash 6x6 Huntsman, a thumping great beast of a machine, appropriately parked beside the roaring noises of the Top Gear ride. 

High-end eco-friendly cars were also popular attractions at the London Motor Show. Zenos showed that green doesn't have to be dull with the EcoBoost-powered E10 R and E10 S on show. Morgan, meanwhile, drew a curious crowd to its amazing EV3, which combines old-school racer styling with zero-emissions, high-speed motoring. The Lightning Car Company also flew the flag for British motoring excellence with plenty of people enjoying their first glimpse of the GT, a design with nods to Jaguar and Aston Martin but with possibly bolder curves housing the powerful electric motor.

David Brown Automotive, a newcomer to the British luxury car scene, was also on hand to show off itsdebut model, the Speedback GT.

The McLaren and Lotus stands were side by side like naughty schoolboys at the back of the auditorium. The Lotus Evora 400 and Exige Sport 350 were on hand to remind people that the glory days for the badge are far from over and McLaren's 650S and 570S, complete with the head-turning gullwing doors, were almost permanently surrounded by a standing-room-only crowd. And the Vuhl 05, in blue with black GT stripes, may have been sitting quietly near the entrance to the world of luxury cars, but with a power-to-weight ratio of 410bhp per ton, plenty of showgoers were itching for a test drive.