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Driving Theory Test Centres in Mile End

The theory test centre located in the Mile End district of East London has only been in existence since September 2016. In that time it has managed to earn and sustain a high pass rate and is in a convenient location for people coming from all over the London area. Be aware that you may also see this theory test centre referred to as the Limehouse centre. Read on to discover helpful information like directions, wait times, local accommodation and more!


3 Quebec Wharf 14 Thomas Road Greater London London Greater London E14 7AF

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 Mile End Theory Test Centre

By public transport

You have plenty of options when it comes to getting to the location of your test by public transport. The Mile End theory test centre sits just 15 minutes away from Limehouse train station and 17 minutes from Mile End underground station.

If you’re a person who prefers to take the bus, you’ll spend even less time on your feet! The Pixley Street bus stop is less than a minute away from the test centre.

For more information on the transport options in the Mile End area, pay a visit to the Mile End section of the Transport for London website.

By car

Arriving by car instead? If you time it right, this can be a convenient way to get to the test centre. Just get whoever’s driving to enter E14 7AF into a sat nav and follow the instructions. Depending on the direction you’re coming from, it’s likely you’ll end up on the A1205 and/or the B140. Follow signs to Thomas Rd, which is where the test centre is located.

Keep in mind that this test centre is situated in a busy part of London. Avoiding travel during peak hours is highly recommended, as the area can get quite congested.


Sadly, the theory test centre does not provide any on-site parking (which is fairly standard) but there are some options a short(ish) distance away. The West India Quay car park (E14 4AN) is a 19-minute walk from the test centre and charges £4.80 for 2 hours of parking. There’s also the Canary Wharf Cabot Square car park (E14 4PA), where you’ll be charged £4.20 for 2 hours. It’s a 29-minute walk away from your destination, though, so leave yourself plenty of time if you pick this option.

Pass Rates by Year

As this test centre hasn’t been around for long, there aren’t many statistics for us to analyse. For its first two years, though, the Mile End theory test centre’s results have been well above the national average.

Of course, high pass rates do not necessarily mean you have a higher chance of passing here. All test centres provide exactly the same test under exam conditions. Pass rates are just an indication of how well people in this area have previously performed.

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
N/A N/A 53.5% 52.3% 52.0%

Guides and Tips

If you’re determined to pass the theory test first time, you can’t skimp on the studying. Make sure you allocate plenty of time to learning the material so you know it like the back of your hand by the time test day rolls around. Fancy some help with the revision process? Check out some study aids and guides that we recommend below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Southwark theory test centre

Ground Floor
22 Shand Street

2.4 miles away

By rail: London Bridge tube station

2017/18 pass rate: 52.8%

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Cropped Google Map with pin over Ilford theory test centre

253 High Street

5.6 miles away

By rail: Ilford

2017/18 pass rate: 43.5%

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To maximise your chances of acing the theory test first time, make sure you get a good night’s sleep beforehand. You want to feel fresh and alert so you can be super focused for those driving questions. Those coming from outside of the Mile End area might even consider staying in a local hotel the night before. If this is something you’re thinking about, take a look at some of your best options below.

Holiday Inn Express London—Limehouse ★★★★☆

This clean and comfortable hotel provides everything you need for a relaxing stay. You’ll be greeted by friendly staff who can take you to your spacious room with all the bells and whistles you can expect from this reliable chain. They don’t hold back on the extras either–free WiFi and a complimentary breakfast for all!

Travelodge London Docklands ★★★☆☆

A 30-minute walk from the test centre, this Travelodge is also a super convenient option for those paying a quick visit to this part of London. For a very reasonable rate you can still get a great night’s sleep, thanks to plush bedding and blackout curtains. Basic, but does the job.

Via Limehouse (Hostel) ★★☆☆☆

Finally, if you want to save some extra cash and get the chance to meet some interesting people, take a chance on the Via hostel. There’s a communal lounge for socialising, or you can retire to your private room if you want to squeeze in some extra study time. Via provides the best of both worlds. They even throw in free WiFi—winner!

Places to Celebrate

Once your test is done and dusted, it’ll either be time to celebrate your achievement or (eek!) drown your sorrows. Whatever the mood, a quick bite to eat or a nice drink may be in order. While you’re in town, it makes sense to check out some of the local watering holes. Here are a few you could try:

The Craft Beer Co. Limehouse

This trendy bar is great for anyone who takes their beer seriously. The menu is regularly updated, the staff are happy to advise and the decor is classy and cool. Pop by for a pint and you won’t be disappointed.

The Grapes

This charming pub dates back to the 16th Century and apparently used to be frequented by Charles Dickens himself. The menus have been updated but the building itself still has lots of character, and, coupled with its lovely riverside location, makes for a beautiful spot to enjoy a drink. They also serve up some delicious pub grub, so you won’t need to go anywhere else!

The Ledger Building

If you just fancy a cheap and cheerful drink in nice surroundings, this branch of Wetherspoon’s will do the trick. As you’d expect, they offer an extensive menu, an impressive range of ales and a laid back atmosphere.

What Happens Next?

Though it hasn’t been around for long, the Mile End theory test centre is a really convenient option for anyone living in the Greater London area. There are lots of transport options, great local amenities and (though we don’t give them too much weight) the centre does boast impressive pass rates. 

Already passed the theory test and wondering about the next stage? You need to start preparing for the practical test. Using your theory test pass number (which is printed on your pass certificate), book a practical test. You can do this online or over the phone with PassMeFast. From Mile End? Your closest practical driving test centre is Barking (Tanner Street).

Still stuck on the theory part of your driving journey? Not to worry. If you fail the test, the best thing to do is book yourself another one straight away and get revising. You will be required to leave a gap of 3 working days between each test. Hopefully it will be a case of second time lucky!

PassMeFast can make your driving dreams a reality no matter where you are in the learning process. Check out our selection of courses and decide which one most suits your needs. As you’ll discover, we have something for people of all experience levels. Still not sure which to pick? Give our team a call on 0333 123 4949 and they’ll be happy to help.

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