Confidence is key when driving in London, especially in the city centre. It can feel overwhelming at first with so much road and foot traffic, but don’t let it get you flustered. Instead, try to stay calm and focus on the traffic immediately around you. Remember, you’ve got this!
The good news is that the average speed on London roads is very slow due to the sheer number of cars. Take advantage of this because it will give you a little extra time to spot hazards ahead.
If you’re taking a spin in the car between lessons, make sure you’ve planned your practice route around the Congestion Charge. This is a tax that all vehicles must pay when they travel through central London on weekdays during certain hours of the day. You won’t need to pay it during the weekends and evenings, so that could be a good time to practise!
You won’t need to have experience driving on motorways for your test, but asking your instructor to give you a lesson on motorways could be good preparation for post-test life. The M25 ring road outside of London allows you to easily get to different areas of the capital and the M1 is a popular route out of the city as is the M11. Don’t forget to get some practice on dual carriageways in and around London too, to get some experience driving at higher speeds and switching lanes.
We’ve got instructors all over the London Boroughs. So you’ll be able to find us! Some areas we cover:
Bromley, Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Enfield, City of Westminster, Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Haringey.
Or just enter your postcode above to check lesson pricing in your local area of London.
We know that Londoners love choice, that’s why we offer both manual and automatic driving lessons. We’ve got your back.
Make sure you’re happy with the type of transmission you want to learn to drive before booking your first lesson. We have both manual and automatic driving instructors based across London for you.
If you are planning on mainly driving in London once you pass your driving test, learning in an automatic car might be a good choice for you. There will be slightly less to remember compared to a manual and less need to change gears when driving in heavy, slow moving traffic which is prevalent in London.
While this may work for some, others might prefer the extra challenge and freedom of learning in a manual car, because you can drive either a manual or automatic car once you pass your test.
We have information on the various driving test centres across London broken down by area further down. It’s a good idea to ask your driving instructor to show you the test routes of your chosen test centre before you take your driving test.
Barking (Tanner Street): 84 Tanner Street, Barking, Essex, Greater London, IG11 8QF
Barking (Town Quay): Unit 9 Town Quay Wharf, Barking, Essex, Greater London, IG11 7BZ
Chingford: Doric House, 128 Station Road, Chingford, Greater London, E4 6AD
Goodmayes: 98 Goodmayes Road, Ilford, Greater London, IG3 9UZ
Wanstead: 2 Devon House, Hermon Hill, Wanstead, Greater London, E11 2AW
Barnet: Raydean House, 15 - 17 Western Parade, Barnet, Greater London, EN5 1AD
Enfield: Solar Way, Innova Park Business Centre, Enfield, Greater London, EN3 7XY
Tottenham: Tottenham Annex Building, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, Greater London, N17 8JL
Wood Green: The Gatehouse, Woodhall House, Lordship Lane, Wood Green, Greater London, N22 5JW
Hendon: 3 Aviation Drive, Beaufort Park, Hendon, Greater London, NW9 5TZ
Mill Hill: Unit 9, Grannard Business Centre, Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, Greater London, NW7 2DQ
Croydon: 111 Canterbury Road, Croydon, Greater London, CR0 3HH
Hither Green: 42-44 Ennersdale Road, Hither Green, Greater London, SE13 6JD
Ashford: 18/19 Fir Tree Place, Church Road, Ashford, Greater London, TW15 2PJ
Tolworth: Douglas House, 1B Douglas Road, Tolworth, Greater London, KT6 7R
Isleworth: Worton Hall, Worton Road, Isleworth, Greater London, TW7 6ER
Southall: 295 Allenby Road, Southall, Greater London, UB1 2HD
We’ve helped over 300,000 learners pass their driving test so far. Imagine how many are in London! Why not take a look at some of the lovely things they’ve said about us?