Parking in London

Information about parking in London

Unsurprisingly, parking in central London can be a nightmare and ludicrously expensive. On-street parking restrictions are in operation across the city, and central car parks will charge £30 to £40 per day.

Public transport is probably the best way to get around, and London is well-served by a large network of underground and overground trains, buses and bikes for rental.

Remember that vehicles that drive within a clearly defined zone of central London 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday have to pay a daily congestion charge of £11.50. The congestion charge zone covers the following areas: Victoria, St James's, Waterloo, Borough, City of London, Clerkenwell, Holborn, Finsbury, Bloomsbury, Soho, Mayfair, and parts of Marylebone.


On-street parking restrictions typically apply Monday-Saturday, 08:30 to 18:30, although some areas of central London have different restrictions on Saturdays, so please check the respective borough council's website e.g. City of London

During controlled hours, on-street parking rates are typically around £4 per hour. Some parking bays may be reserved exclusively for permit or blue badge holders, so make sure you check restrictions displayed on nearby road signs and park sensibly. 


There are lots of off-street car parks in central London but they are all very expensive, costing up to £50 a day or £10 per hour. NCP runs about 100 car parks in London where 24 hour parking is available, and their rates are generally cheaper than on-street parking.

Public transport

The London Underground (or tube') is a network of underground trains serving about 270 stations across the whole of Greater London. Trains are quick and very regular, allowing visitors and commuters to transit the city easily.

Day travelcards and monthly passes are available. Alternatively you can pay-as-you-go via contactless bank card by scanning this on the station's barrier sensors as you enter and leave, or using the tube's own Oyster' card to which credit can be added at the payment machines available.

The city is also well-served by buses and other public transport types. London's public transport system is integrated so that you can use your travel card/ticket on bus, tube, tram, DLR, London overground and most National Rail services within London.

Rent out a space

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