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Learning to Drive in London, Southwest
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.
Southwest London’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is lower than the national average sitting at 45.5%.
The test centres in Southwest London are Hither Green which has a pass rate of 50.7%, Wood Green at 46.1%, Isleworth at 49% and Mitcham at 45.3%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Southwest London are in Hendon with 42.7%, Greenford with 37.5% and Morden which has a higher pass rate of 47.5%.
Southwest London Practical Driving Test Centres
- Greenford, (Southwest London), 96 Horsenden Lane North, Greenford, UB6 7QH
- Hither Green, (Southwest London), 42 – 44 Ennersdale Road, Hither Green, SE13 6JD
- Hendon, (Southwest London), 3 Aviation Drive, Beaufort Park, Hendon, NW9 5TZ
- Isleworth, (Southwest London), The Wireless Factory, Fleming Way, Isleworth TW7 6DB
- Mitcham, (Southwest London), Redhouse Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR0 3AQ
- Morden, (Southwest London), 10 Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PE
- Wood Green, (Southwest London), Wood Green Crown Court, Woodhall House, Lordship Lane, Wood Green N22 5LF
Southwest Theory Test Centres
- Southwark, (Southwest London), Second Floor (South), Manor House, 224 – 236 Walworth Road, Walworth SE17 1JE
- Bethnal Green, (Southwest London), Unit 3, Ground Floor, Corbridge Crescent, London E2 9DS
- Morden, (Southwest London), Second Floor, Athena House, London Road, London, SM4 5BE
- North Finchley, (Southwest London), Ground Floor, Tally Ho Corner, 711 High Road, North Finchley N12 0BP
- Croydon, (Southwest London), Suite 6, First Floor, Suffolk House, George Street, Croydon CR0 1PE
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Southwest London – did you know?
- Oval Cricket Ground in Southwest London is covered in grass that was transported from Tooting Common. Prior to becoming a cricket pitch, the area was an 18th century cabbage patch.
- An inflatable pig escaped from the photoshoot set up for Pink Floyd’s album cover and flew over Battersea power station and disrupting several Heathrow flight paths. The pig was eventually recovered from a field in Kent.
- Two historic cars were built on the site of Robin Hood’s favourite drinking den, the Bald Faced Stag in Wimbeldon, Southwest London. The cars went on to break two land-speed records. The ‘Blue Bird’ reached 175mph in 1927 and the ‘Segrave’ broke that record, reaching 231 mph at Daytona in Florida.
- Twickenham Stadium is has the questionable honour of being home to the worlds first naked streaker at a major sporting event. The Australian, Michael O’Brien, was escorted from the pitch by a policeman covering his nether regions with his helmet.
- Battersea Power Station in southwest London is the largest brick building in Europe. It has almost as many bricks as there are people in the UK.
- Oliver Cromwell had a secret tunnel downstream of Kew Bridge in southwest London. It is rumoured this was used by Cromwell to access the tree covered Oliver’s Island and run his headquarters for the republican military.
- The suburbs of southwest London all began as small towns that were slowly swallowed up by the city as it expanded beyond the south bank of the Thames.
- Southwest London has a number of open green spaces and popular parks, most popular of all are the parks and green spaces in Wimbledon, Putney, Wandsworth and Tooting.