Friday 11 January 2008 4.04pm
Are you looking to do CBT, or DAS?
For the CBT, it's only a day, and I don't think it will matter much who you do it with.
The nearest is Metropolis at Kennington/Vauxhall. Handy for transport from SE1. I did CBT there, and Mrs I did CBT and (some) lessons before her test. We both had pretty positive experiences (although it's a fair bit of luck of the draw, as some of the instructors are more suited to my personality than others. I found some of them a bit cavalier, but others were great for me.) I wouldn't buy a bike from them, or take my bike there for servicing, but I'd do rider training there again.
There's also (?Elite?) in Wimbledon (they are in the car park of the dog track). I did some lessons there before my test, and wouldn't recommend them, as they specifically told me to do something which the examiner on my first test failed me for. And there's a training school whose name I don't know in East London (Nth of the Thames) somewhere. If I recall correctly, there's no one any nearer to SE1, unless they're quite new. I did a bit of looking around four or so years ago when I did my CBT.
I expect you know this already, but it will become MUCH harder to get your test after 2008 (new test regulations), so now is a great time to get it under your belt. I only have an auto license (so I can't ride geared bikes), but I'm seriously considering putting aside some time and money to do my geared test DAS before the new reg's come in just in case I ever want to ride a geared bike in the future.
Oh, and once you've passed your test or CBT, then I can't recommend highly enough that you spend another £30 and do a Bikesafe (google it) course run by the police and run out of two venues in London.
Good luck and let us know how you get on. We might end up with an SE1 biker gang ;0)
...if you press it, they will come.