• Last Updated: 21/12/16 - 13:30

    Driving in London

  • Top tips for taking your car to the capital

    London is one of the busiest cities in the world and, naturally, traffic can be busy. Be well prepared, know where you're going and how to get there. A good street atlas or A-Z is essential, available from most book shops.

    What about using the SAT NAV or your mobile device? Google Maps is a great way to get around. You can also get detailed route plans with instructions to print out from the AA at www.theaa.com

    If you find yourself lost on the London roads, there is a fantastic service run by London taxi drivers calledwww.theknowledge.com which will give you directions over the phone from wherever you are.

    The Knowledge 0906 265 6565
  • Plenty of Parking

    Many of London's roads operate 'Pay & Display' schemes,which are great for short stays but are expensive for longer stays

    Most boroughs operate 'mobile phone parking' where you can call and pay with your phone. This is extremely handy if you have no spare change. Check the parking signs for your local number. In addition, there are car parking companies operating in London with car parks throughout the city which are better for longer stays.

    Free Parking in London:

    After 18:30 and at any time on Sundays you may park free of charge on meters and on single yellow lines. Check meters and signage before parking and be careful not to cause any obstruction and avoid parking in bays reserved for permit holders only.

  • Congestion Charge - how much is it?

    london congestion charge

    London Congestion Charge

    This is a fee payable by all motorists travelling in London within the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ). The charge applies between 0700 and 1800 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

    You can pay the Congestion Charge in a number of ways.

    • Online: It's quickest and easiest if you register online here
    • Telephone: You can pay by telephone in advance, on the day of travel or up to midnight the following day.
      UK: 0845 900 1234
      International: +44 207 649 9122
      Textphone: 020 7649 9123 (if you have impaired hearing)
      Lines open: Sunday to Friday: 06:00 to 00:30, Saturday: 06:00 to 22:00
    • Text: You can pay by text message (SMS), but only on the day of travel. You can register here
    For more information