Driving Theory Test Centres in Kingston Upon Thames

The Kingston upon Thames theory test centre sits right by the river in this South West London borough. It’s close to three large train stations, making it a convenient spot for even those coming from outside Kingston itself. Read on to find out more about the theory test centre, including wait times, pass rates, contact details and more!


4th Floor, Drapers Court Kingston Hall Road Greater London Kingston Upon Thames Greater London KT1 2BQ

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Kingston upon Thames Theory Test Centre

By public transport

This theory test centre is fairly easy to reach by public transport. Those arriving by rail will find that it’s an 11-minute walk between Kingston train station and the test centre. You also have the option of disembarking at Hampton Wick station (15 minutes away) or Norbiton station (23 minutes away).

To keep the walking to a minimum you could also hop on a bus instead. Those choosing this option should get off at the Kingston Hall Road stop, which is mere metres from the centre itself.

To find out more about Kingston’s transport links, including timetables and travel reports, head over to the Kingston Council website.

By car

Managed to catch a lift or willing to pay for a taxi? Just get whoever’s driving to type KT1 2BQ into their sat nav and follow the directions. The theory test is actually located on the A307, so once you hit this road continue on and you should be fine.

As always, leave yourself plenty of time for the drive, particularly if your test is taking place during peak traffic hours. Turning up even a few minutes late could result in your test being cancelled.


There’s no parking available outside the theory test centre itself, but you do have some affordable options extremely close by. The Rose car park (KT1 2NB), for example, is a mere minute away and charges £3.20 for 2 hours of parking. Alternatively, you could look for a space in the nearby St James’s car park (KT1 2BA). It’s a 4-minute walk away, but will only set you back £3 for 2 hours of parking.

Pass Rates by Year

The Kingston theory test centre’s pass rates are fairly impressive, consistently climbing above the national average. While this is certainly a point in its favour, be careful not to put too much emphasis on the importance of pass rates. The theory test is the same all over the UK. The result you get is almost 100% down to how well-prepared you are and how you’re feeling on the day. High pass rates speak well of the area, but don’t really reflect how good your results are likely to be.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
52.0% 52.0% 52.3% 51.4% 51.6%

Guides and Tips

Don’t forget to take the time to study for your theory test. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take it seriously and end up forking out for multiple tests! The best way to avoid finding yourself in this situation is to read the relevant material and revise, revise, revise! Need some help? There are plenty of study aids out there that can make this process easier. We’ve listed a few below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Staines theory test centre

11-17 Kingston Road
TW18 4QX

8.8 miles away

By rail: Staines

2017/18 pass rate: 50.0%

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Cropped Google Map with pin over Croydon theory test centre

2nd Floor
Central House
27 Park Street Croydon
South London

9.2 miles away

By rail: East Croydon

2017/18 pass rate: 46.6%

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Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. The morning of your theory test you want to be clear-headed, energized and ready to take on the world! If you’re not from the Kingston area, it’s worth considering booking into a local hotel the night before your test. That way you don’t have to worry about any traffic issues putting a dampener on your morning! Check out some of these affordable options:

Premier Inn London Kingston Upon Thames ★★★☆☆

This Premier Inn offers great prices and all the amenities you need for a comfortable night’s stay. Plush bedding, power shower, blackout drapes—getting some kip should be no problem! There’s also an on-site restaurant if you fancy some grub.

Travelodge Kingston Upon Thames Central ★★☆☆☆

If you’re just looking for a no fuss stay at a bargain price, you can’t go wrong with a Travelodge. This one is located a very convenient 8 minutes away from the theory centre—so no excuse for being late to your test! Rooms are clean and comfortable and you can enjoy 30 minutes of WiFi on the house.

The White Hart Hotel ★★★☆☆

Want to treat yourself? This gorgeous riverside pub isn’t just serving up delicious food and delectable ales. There are 37 beautifully decorated rooms on site too! Luxury amenities, free WiFi and you need only pop downstairs if you fancy a refreshment!

Places to Celebrate

No need to rush off once the test is over—why not stay awhile and grab yourself a drink or bite to eat in one of Kingston’s fine establishments? We’ve listed a few that are definitely worth a look in below.

The Mill

This is a family-friendly pub ideally located right by the river. Along with the nice views you can enjoy a great selection of drinks and a tasty meal. They often have deals on the food so see if you can grab yourself a bargain!


For the foodies among you who also appreciate a laid back vibe, Woody’s is definitely worth a visit. You can tell the owners really care about the dishes they produce and the drinks menu is designed to perfectly complement the flavours. It’s a fun joint that also puts on a lot of evens, so stick around into the evening to enjoy some entertainment!

Druids Head

Like a bit of history with your pint? This tavern dates back to the 16th century! They’re updated the decor a bit since then, but the whole place is still steeped in history. A great choice if you appreciate real ale in a rustic setting.

What Happens Next?

The Kingston upon Thames theory test centre boasts high pass rates and is easily accessible by public transport. This makes it a suitable option for anyone in the Greater London (or Surrey) area.

Passed the theory and ready to move on to the next stage in your driving journey? Great stuff! Time to start thinking about the practical test. Get the ball rolling by booking yourself a test at your local centre. If you’re from the Kingston area, your best option will likely be Tolworth practical test centre.

Failed the theory test and not sure what to do? Not a problem! Simply book yourself a new test as soon as possible (you are required by the DVSA to leave a gap of 3 working days between theory tests) and hit the books! Take some comfort in the fact that the second time is always easier because you know exactly what to expect.

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