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Learning in the capital has its own challenges which is why you should choose an acclaim instructor to help you through the process.
London has its own set of rules when driving, but rest assured, your instructor will be with you all the way.
Acclaim's Top Tips for learning to drive in London
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.
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.
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 choice near you.
Take a look at the DVSA website to find your closest, or browse our list of test centres by area:
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
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
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 2HDBook a lesson