Driving in crowded Central London streets is best attempted if you don’t want to use the underground – by the far the most popular commuting choice of Londoners – and you are okay navigating crowded roads at a slow speed. You have a choice of on-street and off-street parking, and hourly parking rates can be rather steep. Greater London Properties gives you a quick insight into the Best Places to Park in Central London.
Firstly – looking at properties to rent in Soho? Park your vehicle at Westminster City Council for £7.00 / hour. This would be off-street parking however the cheaper alternative is on-street parking. Here’s a quick look at both and other parking options.
The City of London is home to seven off-street car parks operated by the council. Prices vary across operators (ex: Brewer Street charges a higher hourly rate than Leicester Square) and at some, you can park for a maximum of six hours. All have a maximum stay of a couple of hours only.
London has Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs), which are areas reserved for residents who pay an annual fee to park their vehicles in front of their homes. Non-residents are allowed to park in CPZs, but seldom for four hours continuously on weekdays. Parking timings keep changing, although restriction-free parking is available in the evenings, usually between 6.30 pm and 8.30 am. All-day parking for free is available on Sunday. On Saturdays too, you may find free parking in some areas. Usually, noon and late evenings offer good opportunities to park for free at CPZs.
Private car parks
You could consider parking at one of the 100 off-street car parks operated by National Car Parks (NCP), the U.K’s largest parking provider offering 24×7 services. NCP offers discounted prices on weekend parking at Central London car parks on pre-booking. For less than £16 pounds, you can park your car safely for six hours.
One of the best places to park in Central London is at a tube station car parks and avoid the £11.50 daily congestion charge. Parking charges are under £10 on weekdays and cheaper on weekends and then you can easily jump a tube in a couple of stops from Zone 2 to 1.
Some things to consider :
- Be mindful of parking restrictions.
- The AppyParking app allows drivers to view every on-street and off-street parking space in London.
- The City of London has more than 200 designated disabled bays. However, the Blue Badge Scheme does not apply. Get the details here.
Hopefully this article provides you with some great ideas on the Best Places to Park in Central London. If you need any further information call Greater London Properties on 0207 734 4062 or 0207 113 1066 or visit our website.