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North London Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

North London Driving Test Centres

Our Essential Guide series has finally arrived in the nation’s capital. Yep, here is where we’ll be starting our journey around the practical test centres of Greater London. You’ll notice, however, that, unlike our other guides, this one won’t be covering the entire county. There’s a good reason for this: Greater London has a population more than three times the size of the next-largest county, and has a correspondingly huge number of test centres. With this in mind, we’ve split London into four compass directions. In this guide, we’ll start from the top and cover the six North London driving test centres. Get all the information you need to know about these practical test centres here!


Test Centres

Barnet
Enfield (Innova Business Park)
Hendon
Mill Hill
Tottenham
Wood Green

Barnet

Barnet street view image

BARNET FACT FILE
Address Raydean House
15-17 Western Parade
Barnet
Greater London
EN5 1AD

Parking? Yes
Toilets? No
Disabled access? This centre has no wheelchair access
2017/18 pass rate 39.2%

The first North London driving test centre we’ll take a closer look at is Barnet. Learners taking their test here may be surprised to learn that the test centre isn’t found in a typical office building or industrial estate. Instead, the Barnet driving test centre can be found in the middle of the Western Parade row of shops.

Those travelling to the area by public transport have plenty of options to choose from. There’s the ever-reliable Northern line, for starters, with the High Barnet tube stop just 9 minutes’ walk away. Slightly further is the New Barnet train station, which connects the area to central London and Hertfordshire. Of course, as well as serving learners further afield, its location is particularly ideal for those in the Barnet area.

Test routes starting from this centre may include areas such as Chipping Barnet, New Barnet, Borehamwood and Cockfosters. Major A roads in the area which may feature on your test include the A1 (Barnet Bypass). Learners living locally may also take motorway tuition on one of two of the country’s busiest such roads: the M1 and M25. Check out our guide to motorway driving for a few tips on tackling them!


Enfield (Innova Business Park)

Enfield (Innova Business Park) street view image

ENFIELD (INNOVA BUSINESS PARK) FACT FILE
Address Solar Way
Innova Park Business Centre
Enfield
Greater London
EN3 7XY

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 36.1%

Though situated in Greater London, the Enfield (Innova Business Park) test centre is actually a convenient location for learners in three different counties. That’s because it lies close to the point where Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire meet, making it a good choice not only for those in the Enfield area, but also in nearby Cheshunt and Waltham Abbey. (Great news, since PassMeFast offers Essex driving courses, too!)

If arriving at the test centre by public transport, the closest options are the relatively equidistant Waltham Cross and Enfield Lock train stations. Be sure not to get confused between the Enfield (Innova Business Park) test centre, which offers a range of different driving tests (including car, motorbike and ADI tests), and the nearby Enfield (Brancroft Way) test centre, which specialises in lorries, large vehicles and buses.

Given the test centre’s location, almost all test routes here will feature roundabouts very early on. While you won’t have to face the nearby M25 on your test, you will have busy A roads to face, including the A1010 and A1055, the latter of which you’ll encounter almost straight away. Areas likely to appear on your test include Ponders End, Edmonton Green, Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey.


Hendon

Hendon street view image

HENDON FACT FILE
Address 3 Aviation Drive
Beaufort Park
Hendon
Greater London
NW9 5TZ

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 44.6%

Hendon is one of two test centres that lies close to the western boundary of the London Borough of Barnet—the other being Mill Hill, which is only five minutes away by car. The Hendon driving test centre can be found in the Colindale area, and is just an 11-minute walk from Colindale tube station. Despite the test centre’s name, Hendon Central Station is further away: 27 minutes by foot.

This test centre is a short drive from the North Circular Road, making it useful for those living in areas such as Wembley and Brent Cross in the Brent area. Learners living more centrally may also wish to travel out to Hendon, as Northern line connections make this easily accessible for those in Camden and Westminster.

Test routes at Hendon are likely to include the aforementioned North Circular Road, as well as other major local A roads such as the A1 (Great North Way) and A41 (Watford Way/Hendon Way/Brent Cross Flyover). You’re likely to spend most of your time in Hendon itself, as well as in the Colindale and Burnt Oak areas.


Mill Hill

Mill Hill street view image

MILL HILL FACT FILE
Address Unit 9
Grannard Business Centre
Bunns Lane
Mill Hill
Greater London
NW7 2DQ

Parking? Limited car parking space is available
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 43.2%

We don’t have to travel far to reach our next North London test centre: Mill Hill. Those arriving at the Mill Hill driving test centre by train can easily head to Mill Hill Broadway, which is only 9 minutes away. The nearest London Underground station is Burnt Oak, which is around one mile away, and lies on the Northern Line.

This is one of three test centres in Barnet, but its location makes it a useful option for those coming from neighbouring Harrow, too. Mill Hill Broadway’s rail links also make this a suitable option for those travelling from Hertfordshire, as well as from the centre of London.

The Mill Hill test centre lies only a short drive from the A41, which links central London to north-west England, and which is known locally as the Watford BypassWatford Way or Edgware Way. Test routes here are likely to focus on the Mill Hill and Edgware areas of north London.


Tottenham

Tottenham street view image

TOTTENHAM FACT FILE
Address Driving Test Centre Tottenham Annex Building
Selby Centre
Selby Road
Tottenham
Greater London
N17 8JL

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 37.7%

Our final two North London driving test centres are both found in the Haringey area. The first of these is Tottenham, which is one of London’s more centrally-located driving test centres—it takes just 22 minutes to get to the nearby White Hart Lane overground station from London Liverpool Street.

As well as serving those living locally, the Tottenham driving test centre is a useful option for those living in areas such as Hackney, to which the area which has regular train connections. The test centre is only a short drive from parts of nearby Enfield, as well as Walthamstow in neighbouring Waltham Forest.

As is the case for many test centres in North London, Tottenham is a stone’s throw from the North Circular Road. Both this and the nearby A10 are likely to appear on your test route—in fact, the Great Cambridge Junction which connects these roads is likely to be one of the trickier parts of your drive. The Tottenham and Edmonton districts will make up much of your test, with your manoeuvres taking place in local residential areas.


Wood Green

Wood Green street view image

WOOD GREEN FACT FILE
Address Wood Green Crown Court
Woodhall House
Lordship Lane
Wood Green
Greater London
N22 5LF

Parking? Limited car parking space is available
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 38.5%

The last test centre in this Essential Guide is Wood Green. A 15-minute walk from the Alexandra Palace railway station and only six minutes from Wood Green tube station, this test centre has great public transport links. This can be a real relief if you’re travelling from central London—avoiding the heavy traffic can certainly ease a few test day nerves!

As well as serving Haringey residents, the Wood Green driving test centre is also the best option for those living in Islington, which lacks a test centre of its own. Those living in the Arnos Grove area of Enfield should consider Wood Green, too—it’s a 10-minute drive to get here, compared to a 24-minute drive to the Innova Business Park test centre.

Major roads which may make an appearance on your drive here include the A109 (Bounds Green Road), the A10 (Great Cambridge Road) and—yep, you guessed it—the North Circular Road. Test routes here will concentrate on the Wood Green and Harringay areas of the city.


Stay tuned for the remainder of our London guides in the coming weeks! For now, you can check out our test centre guides across a number of counties—just follow the links below:

By Andy Boardman

Andy fell in love with driving while road tripping around Iceland. He'll provide you with plenty of useful motoring advice, helping you to get the most out of every trip. When he's not writing here, you're most likely to find Andy on the way to his next destination.

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