Driving Lessons London

The complete guide to finding an instructor, passing first time and saving £100s on driving lessons.

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Discover the best driving instructor near you

This brief guide will show you how to:

  1. Find a driving instructor you can trust
  2. Pass in 17 fewer hours
  3. Save hundreds of pounds

In short, if you want to pass first time without breaking the bank, you’ll love this guide.

View other guides: Driving Lessons in Birmingham, Driving Lessons in Manchester, Driving Lessons in Leeds.

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How to find an instructor you can trust

You deserve an instructor who:

  • Builds your confidence
  • Makes learning enjoyable
  • Won't cost the earth

That’s why our instructor checks include the following:

  • Every instructor is fully qualified (no trainees)
  • All instructors have been rated at least 4 out of 5 by learners like you
  • You'll be in safe hands with a DBS security checked instructor

You ought to be able to book lessons with confidence that you’re making the right choice.

Just enter your postcode above to find an instructor you can trust.

What if you could pass in 17 fewer hours?

That's how much quicker our learners typically pass, saving them around £425! What's more, they enjoy these great benefits:

  • Get matched with a top-rated instructor in 24 hours
  • Be on the road within 7 days
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Instructor rematch at any time

Enter your postcode above to get started with £25 off.

How many lessons do you really need?

We know the feeling: the DVSA says the average learner takes 45 hours of lessons before passing the driving test. But that seems like a lot. Do you really need that many?

Here’s the secret to passing faster:

  • Choose an instructor with a track record for helping learners to pass fast
  • Use tools like the Midrive app to keep learning between lessons
  • Put in some practice between lessons with a friend or family member

Midrive learners pass in 17 fewer hours than the UK average, so you’ll probably only need around 30 hours. But whichever package you choose, you can top up by the hour if you need a bit longer, or get a refund on any unused hours if you pass faster.

How to make a saving on the cost of lessons

If you take the average number of lessons (47) and multiply it by the cost of the average lesson (£24), you’ll see that the total cost of lessons is around £1,128.

Who knows what you could buy with that amount of money. A TV? A better bed? You don’t want to spend that much on learning to drive, and we don’t want you to either.

Midrive learners gain their freedom for less by passing faster (17 hours faster than the UK average, typically!).

And that’s not all. You can also enjoy:

  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Refund on any unused hours
  • Competitively priced lessons across the UK

Manual vs automatic: making an educated choice

Choosing between manual and automatic lessons is a must. There are a few factors to weigh up.

Manual

  • Cheaper lessons and cars
  • Qualifies you to drive both manuals and automatics
  • Gives you that little bit more control

Automatic

  • Easier and faster to learn
  • No risk of stalling
  • More pleasant in heavy traffic

Find out more about automatic lessons.

Tips for learning to drive in London

Master driving in the capital and you can enjoy driving anywhere

1. Don’t let the traffic put you off

London’s heavy traffic might seem daunting, but it means the average speed here is really slow. So the plus side is you’ll have a little bit more time to prepare for upcoming hazards.

2. Avoid the Congestion Charge

This is a fee you have to pay if you’re travelling through the centre of London at certain times of day. The charge doesn’t apply in the evenings and at weekends, so these are the best times to practise in the Congestion Charge zone.

3. Take a motorway driving lesson

Consider asking your instructor for a motorway lesson. You won’t get assessed on motorways in your test, but you’re likely to use them lots when you pass - the M1 and M11 are common routes out of the city, and the M25 is handy for travelling from one side of London to the other.

4. Pick a local driving test centre

You’ll be much more confident in your driving test if you’re familiar with the roads you’re driving on, so if you can take your test locally then that’s always a good move.

Choosing your test centre

When the time’s right, your instructor will help you to choose a test centre and introduce you to the areas that could come up in your test.

Test centre pass rates

Tolworth
49.3%
Hither Green
49%
Morden
47.9%
Ashford
47.1%
Isleworth
42.2%
Hendon
42.1%
Mill Hill
41.1%
Southall
39.6%
Wood Green
39.3%
Tottenham
37.8%
Chingford
37.5%
Croydon
37.4%
Goodmayes
37.2%
Enfield
37.1%
Barnet
37%
Wanstead
35.6%
Barking (Town Quay)
35.2%
Barking (Tanner Street)
34.2%

DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.

Whether you're based in East London, North London, North West London, South East London, South West London or West London there’s sure to be plenty of test centres near you to choose from.

East London

  • 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

North London

  • 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

North West London

  • 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

South East London

  • Croydon: 111 Canterbury Road, Croydon, Greater London, CR0 3HH

  • Hither Green: 42-44 Ennersdale Road, Hither Green, Greater London, SE13 6JD

South West London

  • Ashford: 18/19 Fir Tree Place, Church Road, Ashford, Greater London, TW15 2PJ

  • Morden: 10 Tudor Drive, Morden, London, Surrey, SM4 4PE

  • Tolworth: Douglas House, 1B Douglas Road, Tolworth, Greater London, KT6 7R

West London

  • Isleworth: Worton Hall, Worton Road, Isleworth, Greater London, TW7 6ER

  • Southall: 295 Allenby Road, Southall, Greater London, UB1 2HD

Take a look at the DVSA website to find your closest, or browse our list of test centres by area:

Booking your driving test

Ready to book your driving test? Book online with the DVSA or call them on 0300 200 1122.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your test, you’ll just need to give three working days’ notice. That way, you can get a full refund or reschedule at no extra cost.

If you’re not sure if you’re ready to book your test, just ask your instructor and they’ll be able to help.

How much does the driving test cost?

We know you want your freedom. It does cost, but it’s so worth it.

The practical driving test costs £62 on weekdays before 4.30 pm, or £75 during the evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

You’ll also need to pay for the use of your instructor’s car, and most instructors also encourage you to take a lesson right before your test.

But don’t worry - at Midrive we use a credit system, so we’ll reserve some lesson credits for your test day rather than charge extra fees.

Wherever you are in London, we’ve got you covered

Some of our popular areas include:

Barking, Bromley, Croydon, Dagenham, Dartford, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Hayes, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston upon Thames, Romford, Southall, Sutton, Tottenham, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Walthamstow, Watford, Wembley.

We also offer lessons across the UK. Just enter your postcode to see driving lesson pricing near you.

Don't just take our word for it!

Common questions

How can I find lessons near me?

Easy! Just enter your postcode above to find your local rates. We offer lessons in packages from five to 30 hours which can be topped up at any time within our free Learner app.

From there it’s simple. You’ll get matched with a local instructor within 24 hours, then for each lesson you’ll be picked up and dropped home again.

How many lessons should I take a week?

At Midrive we encourage regular lessons once or twice a week. That way, you’ll gain experience in different weather and traffic conditions. Plus, it will give you time to absorb what you’ve learned, so that you can make the best use of each session with your instructor.

Can I take lessons before passing the theory test?

Yes! You can take lessons without having passed your theory test. Some people prefer doing this as they find the practical experience of taking lessons can help them understand the Highway Code better.

However, there’s a real bonus in taking your theory as early as possible. Once you’ve passed it, you’ll know the Highway Code inside out - saving you time to focus on the practical challenges.

Do I need lessons to take the driving test?

You don’t need lessons to take the practical driving test. All you need is to be at least 17, to have passed your theory test, and to have a car (in which you’re insured) to take your test in.

It’s widely accepted though, that lessons are the best way to make safe, test-ready learners.

Can I take lessons if I'm under 17?

In most circumstances, no. You need to be 17 and hold a provisional driving licence to start taking lessons. You can apply for your provisional licence at fifteen and nine months old, and you can book lessons too, but you can’t take them until you’re 17.

However, if you’ve received or are about to receive the mobility component of the Personal Independent Payment, then you can start lessons and take your test at 16. For everyone else though, it’s 17.

Do I need learner driver insurance?

If you’re only learning with a driving instructor, then you won’t need to worry about learner insurance. The instructor will cover that, and it’s included in the price of your lesson.

That said, if you’re going to be practising outside of lessons with a friend or family member, which we would recommend, you’ll need to get learner driver insurance. Check out our learner driver insurance page for more information!

What’s a refresher course?

A refresher course is a short course, often five to ten hours, designed for those with prior experience of driving. Perhaps you’re returning to driving after a break, are new to driving in the UK, or just want to sharpen up.

These courses can be tailored to whatever particular skill someone wants to work on, no matter how general or specific. We recommend our five or ten-hour packages. They’re perfect for getting back up to speed!

What’s Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a course without a test, aimed at expanding a new driver’s experience and skill set. It takes a minimum of six hours and is suggested for just after you’ve passed. It covers challenges such as night-time driving, town driving, all weather driving, and motorway driving.

Whilst you can drive at night as a learner driver, and access the motorway (so long as you are with a qualified instructor in a dual control car), it’s rare these things are covered in normal lessons.

With Pass Plus the instructor will be able to share a wealth of knowledge that simply wouldn’t come up under the normal driving curriculum.