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The best times to drive in London

December 31, 2019 / United Kingdom

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Knowing when and where to drive is something you’ll pick up over time, but learning the busiest times and places in your city is a great start. Here are some hints and tips from us to get you started.

Best days and areas to drive

Weekends are always good times to drive in London. Driving Friday-Sunday generally means you make about 44% more than driving Monday-Thursday. So make the most of those weekend crowds!
The best areas to drive will change depending on the day you are driving and the time you are driving.
Below is some information on the best areas to drive on different days of the week and times of the day.

Monday to Thursday

What areas are best between 5am and 9am?

Good areas to drive:

  • Clerkenwell
  • Soho & The Strand
  • Marylebone
  • Paddington (especially the station)
  • King’s Cross & Euston (especially the stations)
  • Liverpool Street
  • London Bridge Station
  • Victoria Station
  • West Fulham & Parsons Green
  • City Road

Areas to avoid:

  • City of London
  • Blackfriars
  • Moorgate

What time is best?
Weekdays are generally quieter. Yet starting earlier in the day can make all the difference. If you drive between 5am-9am, you generally can earn around 53% more than the later morning slot (9am-1pm). So if you can get up early, it’s worth it.

Friday & Saturday

What areas are best between 10pm and 2am?

  • Soho & The Strand
  • Barbican
  • Liverpool Street
  • Aldgate
  • Dalston
  • London Bridge
  • Clapham Road & Battersea Rise, Clapham
  • Brixton Road, Brixton
  • Putney High Road, Putney

What time is best?
It’s not surprising that the weekends are a great time to make money. London is full of diners, pub-goers and people partying late into the night. If you drive between 10pm-2am on Friday and Saturday nights, you can earn up to 28% more on average (compared with driving between 6pm-10pm).


What areas are best between 9am and 1pm and between 9pm and 1am?

  • Waterloo
  • Victoria Station
  • Notting Hill Gate
  • Earl’s Court
  • Marylebone
  • Paddington
  • Soho
  • Old Street

What times are best?
Mornings and evenings are great times to drive on Sundays. Try heading out from 9am-1pm as you can generally earn 25% more than later in the afternoon.

9pm-1am is another great time to drive. Plenty of people are returning to the city via train stations after weekends away. On average, you can make 40% more than if you started driving at 1am.