Monday 12 July 2004 10.51am
Me and Mrs I used Metropolis (under the arches at Vauxhall, right by the station. Google for website and rates, times, etc).
I suspect that we could have saved a couple of quid going elsewhere (less central), but for my money they were very good. I had (instructor) Chris, who I particularly thought was very good as he managed to combine his obvious years of experience on bikes that would scare the carp out of me with an attitude that scooters are perfectly viable modes of transport and not silly things to be laughed at (which might not sound like much, but not all traditional bikers behave like that).
We hired scoots from Metropolis to do the CBT, and they were in reasonable nick, and it was good to do your road-based bit of the CBT on roads we would soon be riding around (Kennington, the Embankment, etc).
If you do find anywhere nearer/cheaper, then please put up some comments as I'm hoping to do my full auto test later this summer (and unless someone tells me about anywhere significantly better I'll happily be off to Metropolis again.
If you want to ask anything about doing the CBT/getting your first bike, then there will be loads of people who know more than me, but if none of them will talk to you then I'm happy to tell you what little I know based on a year's commuting through town on a 125.
Oh, and good luck.
...if you press it, they will come.