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Learning to Drive in London, Southeast
The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.
Southeast London’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is roughly the same as the national average sitting at 50.8%.
The test centres in Southeast London are Hither Green which has a pass rate of 50.7%, Bromley at 52.7% and Mitcham at 45.3%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Southeast London are in West Wickham with 51.5% and Sidcup which has a slightly higher pass rate of 53.8%.
Southeast London Practical Driving Test Centres
- Bromley, (Southeast London), 121 – 123 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, BR1 5AB
- Hither Green, (Southeast London), 42 – 44 Ennersdale Road, Hither Green, SE13 6JD
- Mitcham, (Southeast London), Redhouse Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR0 3AQ
- Sidcup (Southeast London), 2 Crayside, Five Arches Business Estate, Maidstone Road, Sidcup DA14 5AG
- West Wickham (Southeast London). 56 Glebe Way, West Wickham, BR4 0RL
Southeast London Theory Test Centres
- Bethnal Green, (Southeast London), Unit 3, Ground Floor, Corbridge Crescent, London E2 9DS
- Ilford, (Southeast London), Ground Floor, Pioneer Point, 3 – 5 Winston Way, Ilford IG1 2FS
- North Finchley, (Southeast London), Ground Floor, Tally Ho Corner, 711 High Road, North Finchley N12 0BP
- Morden, (Southeast London), Second Floor, Athena House, London Road, London SM4 5BE
- Southwark, (Southeast London), Second Floor (South), Manor House, 224 – 236 Walworth Road, Walworth SE17 1JE
- Sidcup, (Southeast London), Ground Floor, Nexus House, 2 Cray Road, Sidcup DA14 5DA
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Southeast London– did you know?
- Southwark is recorded in the 1086 Domesday book under the name Sudweca which translates to modern English as “southern defensive work”.
- The borough of Southwark was formed from Bermondsey, Camberwell and Southwark in 1965. No one knows why the name of Southwark remained and Bemondsey and Camberwell relinquished their borough titles.
- Although it’s as safe as any other part of London today, Southwark was a place most people tried to avoid in the 1800s, unless they were up to no good. The district was renowned for prostitution, bear bits, dog fighting, gambling and bear baiting! It certainly wasn’t a place to be caught in the dark.
- The Tate Modern, the most famous art gallery in southeast London was originally a power station. It was converted into the immense gallery of today around the turn of the century and opened to the public in 2000.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is found in southeast London, slightly west of Southwark bridge. It’s easy to spot as it is the only building in central London that’s adorned with a thatched roof!
- The captain of the Mayflower, the ship responsible for transporting a small group of men and women to the New World (America), lived in southeast London and is buried in St Mary’s Church in Rotherhithe.
- The oldest gothic church in all of London is found in Southwark. Southwark Cathedral is on the south bank of the Thames and has been a place of Christian worship for more than 1,000 years!
- The oldest food market in London is found in southeast London. Borough Market sells fish, fresh bread and fresh from the farm produce today, just as it has for more than 1,000 years!
- Southeast London had one of the most notorious prisons in 1144. Known as ‘The Clink Prison’ today it’s become a museum where visits learn about southeast London’s unsavoury past.
- Southwark began a small hamlet at a junction of roads leading to London. Thanks to the Romans bridge built in AD43 the small hamlet continued to grow into an interesting and vibrant part of the city.