The Sidcup theory test centre is a great option for people wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of the capital city’s centre. Situated in the South East area of London, the centre is part of a business park that is in close proximity to Queen Mary’s Hospital. In this guide, we’ll cover lots of useful information including wait times, local transport links, pass rates and more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
By public transport
As this theory test centre is located in a business park, it’s actually not particularly close to the centre of town. Walking from Albany Park to the test centre will take around 35 minutes. For those travelling from the opposite direction, it takes almost exactly the same amount of time to walk from St Mary Cray station to the test centre.
If a lengthy walk doesn’t seem like an attractive prospect, you’re best off taking a bus instead. The Rectory Lane (Stop FC) bus stop is only a 2-minute walk from where you’ll be taking the test.
For more information on the transport links serving this area, check out the Sidcup section of the Transport for London website.
If you’d rather avoid public transport options altogether, you do of course have the option to drive to the centre. Those lucky enough to catch a lift of some kind just need to get their driver to type DA14 5DA into a sat nav and follow the instructions.
If driving during rush hour, be sure to leave plenty of time for the journey. Arriving at the theory centre late may result in your test being cancelled.
You may run into some issues when it comes to parking near the test centre. On-site parking is not provided and the closest car parks are reserved for customers of the nearby businesses only. The nearest available option is Sidcup Place car park (DA14 6BQ), which only charges £2.30 for 2 hours of parking but is a length 33-minute walk away.
Given the limited options, it probably makes sense to be dropped off and picked up from this test centre, rather than having whoever is driving you stick around.
As you can see, Sidcup theory test centre’s pass rates have seen a bit of a drop in recent years. They are at least sitting a squeak above the national average. Of course, pass rates really aren’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to selecting a theory test centre. The test will be the same no matter where you take it. Focus on getting yourself prepared for the test and don’t worry too much about statistics.
As is the case with all tests, you’re likely to do better on the theory test if you put in some study hours. Read the highway code, revise your traffic signs and take a few mock hazard perception tests. All of these things will prepare you for the big day. For a bit of extra help, why not try out a few study aids? We’ve listed a few handy resources below.
A sure-fire way to set yourself up for success on test day is to make sure you catch plenty of z’s the night before. Make sure you have everything prepped and get an early night. Sleep is what your brain needs to prepare itself for a challenge. Having to travel to Sidcup from outside of town? It might be an idea to stay in a local hotel before test day. That way you can avoid traffic woes and the risk of late arrival. Here are a few good options:
More a guesthouse than a full-blown hotel, this charming little spot can still provide a lovely, relaxing stay. Along with a comfy bed, you can take advantage of free parking, an on-site restaurant and even complimentary WiFi. Bear in mind that all bathrooms are shared, but when you see the low price, you can’t really complain!
If you want the bargain price tag but prefer a name you can trust, head over to the local Travelodge. You know the drill—nice bedding, clean rooms and helpful staff. It’s right on the high street, too, so you have quick access to the local amenities.
This hotel is super cheap and yet super comfy. Your room includes a power shower, Freeview TV, blackout curtains and (most importantly) a nice bed. There’s even an on-site restaurant and bar, so you can grab refreshments without having to go outside.
Theory test over and not in a rush to leave? Time to reward your hard work with a tasty tipple and a bite to eat. For those that aren’t familiar with the local area, we’ve listed a few places you should visit:
This lively gastropub offers both great food and fun entertainment. The best news is it’s only 12 minutes from the test centre! Traditional yet stylish, this place serves up delicious food and a great range of drinks.
Hopper’s Hut Micropub is a lovely little place to enjoy a quiet drink. As you can probably guess, they take their ales seriously here, so expect an interesting menu and feel free to ask for recommendations. There’s even a great selection of gins, just in case ale isn’t really your thing.
If you’re feeling peckish, you can kill two birds with one stone at this delightful pub that offers rotisserie meats along with a great pint. Located in a historic country house, you’ll be blown away by your surroundings. A must-see if you have the time!
Sidcup theory test centre is a convenient option for those living in and around the Greater London area who prefer to avoid the busier parts of the city. Parking can be a bit of an issue, though, so the centre is particularly suited to those who don’t mind taking the bus!
Checked off the theory test and ready to move on? Time to start thinking about the practical driving test. Get one booked in as soon as possible (you may have to contend with long wait times) and work on those driving skills. If you’re from Sidcup, your nearest test centres are Sidcup itself and Belvedere. Remember, you’ll need the number from your theory test pass certificate to book a practical test, so don’t lose it!
Not managed to get the theory certificate in the bag yet? Not everyone is lucky enough to pass the first time. Just book yourself another one (leaving a gap of 3 working days between each test) and revise the areas you slipped up on. At least you’ll know exactly what to expect the second time around!
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