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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in London

London is certainly one of the best cities and most popular tourist destinations in the world. A Hertz car rental in London enables you to explore central London, the outer boroughs and surrounding areas with ease. There are plenty of Hertz rental branches located throughout London Zones 1-4, including at airports, train and coach stations, meaning you’ll be exploring all that this fantastic city has to offer in no time at all.

Driving in London can sometimes be at odds with the frenetic, fast pace of the city itself. Even with the introduction of the congestion charge, it is not uncommon to find traffic at a standstill in central London, particularly at peak times of 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm. Having said that, vastly improved road transport signage, dedicated bus lanes and cycle routes throughout central London mean that navigating the traffic is intuitive rather than intimidating. There’s a lot to be said for using Hertz car rental in London and motoring past world famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Driving and Parking in London

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in London. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in London, take a look at our page about renting a car in the UK.

The most important point to remember about driving in central London is that if you’re going to be driving between the hours of 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, then you’ll need to pay the Congestion Charge. The price varies depending on how and when you pay, but expect to pay at least £10.00 for each day you drive in Central London. As you enter the Congestion Charge zone in central London, you will see a large letter ‘C’ in a red circle.

Parking in London, particularly when trying to find a space with a parking meter can be difficult. There are however plenty of car parks throughout central London. Q-Park operates 16 secure parking facilities in central London, while National Car Parks (NCP) manage over 100 car parking sites. Most of the roads in central London also have single or double red lines. Single red lines indicate that vehicles are only allowed to stop at certain times of the day while double red lines indicate that vehicles are not allowed to stop at any time of the day. Penalty charges in London can be severe, and the city's fleets of tow trucks are incredibly efficient at removing vehicles that are parked illegally or obstructing traffic flow. So ensure you follow the driving and parking rules and regulations at all times. And don’t forget that on UK roads you drive on the left.

Pickup Locations London

  • London Heathrow Airport

    Opening hours:Mo-Su 24 hours

    Address:Northern Perimeter Road (West)

    Phone:44-0843-309-3009**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • London Gatwick Airport

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0600-2400, Sa-Su 0600-2200

    Address:Gatwick Airport,
    Crawley,
    West Sussex

    Phone:44-0843-309-3030**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • London Stansted Airport

    Opening hours:Mo-Su 0630-0100

    Address:Coopers End Road,
    Car Rental Village,
    Essex

    Phone:44-0-843-309-3071**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • London St Pancras-Southampton Row

    Opening hours:Mo-Th 0830-1730, Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address:156 Southampton Row,
    Russell Square

    Phone:44-0-20-7278-1588

  • Paddington Railway Station

    Opening hours:Mo-Th 0800-1800, Fr-Su 0800-2000

    Address:35 Edgware Road,
    Marble Arch

    Phone:44-0843-309-30-49**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • London Southend Airport

    Opening hours:Mo-Su 0830-1800

    Address:London Southend Airport

    Phone:1702680108

  • Old Kent Road-East London

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed

    Address:711-713 Old Kent Road

    Phone:44-0843-309-3058**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Dartford-North End Road

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed

    Address:North End Road,
    Dartford,
    East London

    Phone:44-0843-309-3020**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Bayswater - Dream Collection Cars Only

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed

    Address:Poplar Place

    Phone:44-0-20-7727-6969

  • Victoria Coach Station-Central London

    Opening hours:Mo-Th 0830-1730, Fr 0800-2000, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address:200A Buckingham Palace Road

    Phone:44-0843-309-3078**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • London City Airport

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0630-2100, Sa 0700-1600, Su 1000-2100

    Address:Royal Docks

    Phone:44-0843-309-3045**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Marble Arch-Central London

    Opening hours:Mo-Th 0800-1800, Fr-Su 0800-2000

    Address:35 Edgware Road

    Phone:44-0843-309-3049**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Islington Balmoral Grove

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address:Unit 9 Balmoral Grove

    Phone:0203-475-5071

  • Wembley Park-Be Office Buildings

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1400, Su Closed
    Effective 1 April 2017: Mo-Fr 0800-1900, Sa 0900-1400, Su Closed

    Address:Red Car Park - Royal route

    Phone:44-0-203-137-0920

  • Bow-Watts Grove

    Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed
    Effective 27 November 2015, this location will be permanently closed.

    Address:42 Watts Grove, Unit 1

    Phone:0203-137-2190

  • Russell Square-St Pancras

    Opening hours:Mo-Th 0830-1730, Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address:156 Southampton Row

    Phone:44-0843-309-3065**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

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Driving in and around London

Key Routes

Central London is bordered by Oxford Street to the north, Charing Cross road to the east, Pall Mall and The Strand to the south and Piccadilly and Regent Street to the west. You may also find yourself driving round Marble Arch or crossing one of the many bridges that span central London between Vauxhall Bridge to the west and Tower Bridge to the east. The skyline of London is awe inspiring, world famous and ever changing. Drive through central London and you will undoubtedly pass many familiar landmarks such as The Ritz and Statue of Eros of Piccadilly, the towering Centrepoint building at the junction of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road and 10 Downing Street if you drive down Whitehall from The Mall / Trafalgar Square.

Major Highways

If you’re driving into London from the Channel ports, the A2 or M20 are the two main routes. If you’re coming from the north, the M1 and A1 are the most direct. If you’re flying in before collecting a Hertz car rental in London, the M23 from Gatwick, the eastbound M4 from Heathrow and the M11 southbound from Stansted are the main routes into the centre. Greater London is surrounded by the M25, which gives you access to all parts of the region.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.