Places to practise in East London

If you’re struggling to find places to practise driving between lessons, we’ve got your back. With the help of our local instructors, we’ve put together a list of our top areas to put some hours in behind the wheel - whether you’re starting out or counting down the days to your practical driving test!

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Novice Driver

North Crescent Business Centre

An industrial area in Canning Town, this is a good choice if you’re brand new to the driver’s seat and are looking for somewhere quiet to get to grips with life on wheels. Head here on a Sunday and you should have it pretty much to yourself!

Forest Gate

Just round the corner from Forest Gate train station is a residential area ideal for getting your head around roundabouts for the first time. Richmond Road, Balmoral Road and the roads linking the two are peaceful suburban streets with a variety of straightforward roundabouts and mini roundabouts perfect for some practice!

Arbour Square Gardens

This residential part of Stepney is generally quiet with a mix of wide and narrow streets. It’s the ideal place to learn the basics of parallel parking, or to perfect other manoeuvres such as the three-point turn and reversing round a bend.

Intermediate Driver

Royal Albert Way

If you’re looking for somewhere to get to grips with dual carriageway driving, you can’t do much better than the Royal Albert Way, also known as the A1020. Not only is it surprisingly quiet considering its location, but it also leads onto a string of fairly straightforward roundabouts. You’ll be brushing up two skills for the price of one!

Water Lane

This urban road just a stone’s throw from Stratford is our top choice if you’re looking to get familiar with the ins and outs of inner city driving. It’s got a huge array of street markings, traffic lights and various types of junctions. And the biggest plus: the traffic’s not so bad that there’ll be queues forming behind you while you get your head around them!

Tollgate Road

If you want some extra practice on roundabouts, head to Tollgate Road. We suggest starting at the mini roundabout where it hits Stansfeld Road and heading east - that way you’ll cross another four roundabouts and one mini roundabout before ending on the larger ASDA roundabout. Not bad for just one road!

Confident Driver

Blackwall Roundabout

Just a minute’s walk from Blackwall DLR Station, you’ll find this challenging multi-lane roundabout. You can reach it from Cotton Street or, if you’re after some more dual carriageway practice, from Aspen Way. Either way, it’s set to give you valuable practice in lane placement on large roundabouts.

Hermon Hill

If you’re looking for some experience on a busy city road, this is the street for you! And what’s more, it’s where Wanstead Test Centre is located, so if you’re taking your test here then that’s double the reason to get familiar with this road. Your biggest challenge will be lack of space when overtaking parked cars - there are often cars parked here despite the yellow lines!

Liverpool Street

If you’re feeling particularly confident, you could head right into the city centre and have a drive around the Liverpool Street area. It’s certain to be super busy and you’ll have a few one-way streets to contend with - perfect if you’re looking to practise following street signs. Just remember that this is in the congestion charge zone, so you’ll need to make the necessary preparations.