Trevor Refresher Student 21/08/2020 Having not driven for 20 years Nigel has helped me regain my confidence. Starting off in the quieter streets I was amazed at how much I remembered. Nigel put me at ease and gave me helpful feedback on the things I had forgotten. After several refresher lessons I feel ready to get back out on the road. Trevor
Federico 17/08/2020 Nigel was an excellent instructor, honest thorough and professional in his approach. He allows you to gain confidence and build trust on your route to safe driving.
Mila 6/03/2020 Nigel was an excellent instructor; clear, concise, instilling confidence and ensuring I understood the reasons behind any comments or corrections. From our first lesson to exam time, I felt confident that all would go well. I highly recommend using his driving school!
Esme 20/03/2020 I chose Nigel based on the outstanding reviews on his website and social media and I’m please to say he exceeded what I’d read about him. He was always professional, calm and friendly. I feel confident he has taught me to be a competent and safe driver which I’m incredibly grateful for. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
Sian 16/01/2020 Just passed my test! Nigel is an incredible instructor and a really supportive teacher who tailors lessons to suit your learning needs - highly highly highly recommend him! Thank you!
Dave 14/01/2020 Nigel is a fantastic tutor, tailoring lessons to your learning style. Lessons are typically longer at 2hrs, giving more time to embed learning and build confidence quicker, thus resulting in going to test quicker. Nigel teaches you to drive safely, not just to pass the test.
Megan 24/10/2019 Nigel is a very patient, kind and professional instructor. I was a very nervous driver and he made me feel calm and confident. It took me a while to pass but he never lost hope and kept me feeling positive and at ease. Thanks Nigel!
Wissam 07/10/2019 Nigel is a very knowledgeable and patient driving instructor. He is a quick at assessing your skills and customize the lessons to meet your needs. I have been driving for 15+ years in the US and i wanted to take lessons to be more aware of what to expect by driving on the other side of the road and practice manual driving. Nigel was great in giving me the right tips, from clutch control to road tips and i ended up passing the test from the first time. I highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone that wants to learn in a safe and helpful environment!
Edwina 04/09/2019 When choosing my driving instructor I trawled the internet to find someone who was very well qualified (only DVSA “A” graded would do), well reviewed and good value for money. Nigel is all of this things and more. What is most useful is that Nigel teaches you to be a good driver rather than just teaching you how to pass a certain test centre route. I was SO nervous for my test but Nigel sat there with me, calmed me down and didn’t belittle my feelings of trepidation. Nigel is patient, kind and the utmost professional. I don’t have a bad word to say about him. Thank you for your help, Nigel.
David 22/08/2019 Nigel, I thought that your instruction was spot on. You were able to access my driving ability and focus on changing the areas (bad habits) that would be detrimental to my road test. Your calm demeanor made me feel relaxed and your professionalism allowed me to feel confident in my driving ability. One time you manually corrected my driving but you did it in a way not to startle me but to make the correction and ensure that we were driving safely. The two hour session was tremendous useful because you showed me not only the things that I needed to work on but also the scenarios that would be part of the road test...and many were part of the test. Your appearance and vehicle is professional. I would highly recommend you to anyone that is looking to learn or become a better driver
Eileen 20/08/2019 I want to thank Nigel for being patient with me during all the lessons. He is extremely knowledgeable, very calm and has no pre-conceived notions of your driving. It is quite clear from the start that he genuinely wants to ensure that you not only pass the test but are a good driver for the future. I always enjoyed the classes with him and he always found ways of keeping every class interesting.
Chris 30/072019 Having Nigel from Cullens Driving School really helped to fill in the gaps of knowledge I was missing and to improve on what I was taught wrongly by my previous instructor. He is very easy and nice to talk to, which helps when I am a bit confused on what to do about my driving and I couldn’t recommend him enough as he has helped me become more confident in driving in a stressful city such as London. On a personal level he is a very nice person to have learnt from, he helped me to not over think situations and I’ll be sure to recommend him in the future.
Frankie 29/7/2019 Nigel is a driving instructor who I would recommend to anybody. I struggled with driving at first but he was always understanding, calm and helped to build my confidence. I experienced some frustration as driving didn’t come easily to me but he was always patient. Nigel is dedicated to what he does and goes by the book, so I know I have a strong foundation to ensure I am a safe driver moving forwards. Thank you!
Denival 25/072019 First of all, Nigel is a great instructor. He is calm and patient, and listened to my needs, creating a programme of lessons that helped me pass my test first time. Having learned to drive on the right, and not having driven for the last 16 years, Nigel not only encouraged me, he also gave me the confidence I needed to drive on the left, in busy, narrow London streets, that I never thought I would be able to. Thanks Nigel!
Ben 05/07/2019 Nigel was my second driving instructor and helped fill in the several gaps in my knowledge while his client-centred teaching method helped me to actually remember all this new information. As well as this, he successfully built my confidence as a driver, taking me on progressively more challenging roads as I became ready. I would highly recommend him.
Thiago 28/06/2019 Thank you so much for all the support and patience in helping me improve, very good instructor recommend to all!! And I’m very happy having a new friend
Sarah 19/06/2019 “ I would wholeheartedly recommend Cullens Driving School Nigel was an excellent instructor. Clear, patient and extremely knowledgeable, I ended every lesson feeling as though I had made solid progress. I was eager to pass quickly, but also to pass as a safe driver and Nigel was the perfect instructor for this. I never felt as though I was being charged for lessons I didn’t need, but I also appreciated his candour and expertise around choosing when to go to test. And he was right as I passed first time! On a personal level, he’s a pleasure to be in a car with and always did his best to be flexible on lesson timings when my work schedule inevitably changed. You get what you pay for: Quality.
Dee 12/06/2019 Latest review. I started to learn to drive again with Nigel after a break of 25 years (getting your dad to teach you is probably not the best thing to do!) I was nervous to start with. We had approximately 22 hours of lessons and I passed first time round. Nigel is an excellent driving instructor, professional, friendly and he tailored my lessons to meet my specific needs to ensure I passed. I’d strongly recommend him.
Diego Martinez 10/05/2019 A great experience and so happy a friend recommended me to take my UK driving classes here with Nigel, great teacher good knowledge and he know when to push to make us safe and confident driver ! ♥️
Arun Prasad 05/03/2019 Nigel provides a fine balance between coaching and teaching driving always ensuring that safe habits are instilled right from the get go. I have many years of driving experience in India and so unlearning skills to adjust to driving in the UK was key to me and Nigel understood my requirements and adapted his methods to ensure I became a preemptive safe driver. He was always honest and patient with his feedback which I found very comforting to learn under. In a nutshell, if the Clapham area is accessible to anyone looking for a driving school that not just teaches you to pass the test but drive sensibly all through out, than please don’t look further and give Nigel a ring. His classes come with my highest recommendation.”
Mabel Cable 24/01/2019
I was super nervous to start learning to drive but Nigel was very supportive and calm, going at a pace that suited me. I really appreciated that there was no pressure to take my test before I felt comfortable doing so, which is probably why I passed first time! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nigel to anyone, he's a great teacher and a lovely guy. I actually enjoy driving now which is not something I ever thought I would say!
Kate Figurnov 11/01/2019
I was a pretty average student, but my teacher was awesome. Thank you for being patient and caring .You taught me not only to drive but also several crucial truths such as, do not be harsh on yourself and just squeeze the gas!
Anthony Young 10/01/2019
I went with Nigel because I was recommended due to his patience and his ability to instil confidence in me to pass my test and this is what happened. He is patient and thorough in explaining how things are to drive to pass my test. I am happy and feel I chose well with each lesson I felt I was getting closer to test. I would be happy to recommend him to others. Thanks Nigel.
Rhiannon Parker 9/01/2019 I highly recommend Nigel as a driving instructor. He instills confidence in his students by ensuring that all aspects of driving, hazard perception, and theory are understood and well practiced.He was always early for my lessons, is friendly and professional, and genuinely takes pride in seeing students pass their exams I appreciated the fact that his focus is on teaching safe driving techniques rather than simply teaching you how to pass the exam.
William Walker 17/10/2018 Nigel is fantastic, very patient and constructive which gave me so much confidence to go on and pass my test the first time!
David Hayes 16/10/2018 Nigel is a great instructor, patient and knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed the personalised approach to the lessons. Very happy with my first time pass! Would highly recommend!
Airis Palk 15/10/2018 It was a pleasure taking lessons with Nigel. He is a true professional who was always on time to the lesson, the car was always clean and he is very knowledgeable. He always had the patience to explain everything thoroughly and wanted the make sure I understood. I was out driving after couple of lessons and I never felt like he was taking too long to expose me to new roads and driving experiences. Also Nigel never pressured me to buy more lessons or delay to take me for a test. I took approximately 40 lessons, went for a test and luckily passed 1st time! Thanks Nigel, I actually never believed I will be a driving licence holder one day!
Rowan Benson 21/9/2018 Nigel is a fantastic instructor; calm, patient and knowledgeable. I was pretty nervous to start and he put me at ease really quickly. The personalised approach to teaching made a huge difference to the learning experience. Would highly recommend! 5☆
Patrick Lippet 06/9/2018 The last time I was behind a wheel was in 1984, and for some strange reason, I never went to test. Many, many years went by. I was recommended Nigel from my old friend Mark who is roughly the same age as me and had just passed his test. It drove me to think I could do it. It was absolutely nerve-racking the first time but with Nigel’s understanding approach to me as an individual, gradually my confidence came back. Nigel tailors his teaching to you and I could not recommend him enough - Nigel thank you so much for your patience with me.
Kate Lynch 04/9/2018 Nigel was a very knowledgeable and patient teacher who gave me back my confidence to drive and helped me secure a first time pass in Morden test centre in London! I would highly recommend Nigel for anyone looking for lessons, thank you Nigel!
Amelia Paw 22/8/2018 Nigel is the best kind of instructor: knowledgeable, calm, patient and encouraging. Not only did he help me pass the test but his focus on good driving habits will stay with me for the long term. Can’t recommend him highly
Sean Allen 17/8/2018 I can't recommend Nigel highly enough. I previously had a negative experience with another driving instructor and the difference in teaching and professionalism was unbelievable. Nigel really makes an effort to understand you and how you learn and works his teaching around that.
Andreia Castro 28/7/2018 Nigel is a GREAT instructor! He is very calm and professional. I had a bad experience with previous instructors and was so nervous when driving again. He helped me build my confidence back up and kept me determined all the way. I just passed at Mitcham centre. Thank you once again! definitely recommend him to anyone. You want to be a safe and good driver...come to Nigel for your lessons!
Mark Johnstone 21/7/2018 Having failed my driving test in my teens, I’d almost resigned myself to thinking that I’d never have the confidence to try again. But when Nigel was recommended to my by a friend, who’d had a similar experience, I thought I’d give it another try. I was glad I did. I was nervous about getting behind the wheel again for the first time in about thirty years, but from the first lesson Nigel took me back through the basics, and with his calm easy going manner, and his encouragement, my confidence grew. With his structured approach I could see how I was developing as a student. Learning how to navigate roundabouts, junctions and busier roads, until Nigel felt I was ready for my test. There were no unnecessary lessons, no pressure. Nigel is very intuitive and helped me to recognise and work on my weaker areas. I would absolutely recommend anyone who is thinking about learning to drive to do so with Nigel, and having just passed my test today, I am so glad I did!
Claudia Santos 09/7/2018 Today I passed my driving test on my 1st attempt with Nigel. After a disappointing experience with previous driving school I needed to find a professional, reliable instructor who tells you where you need to improve and teaches you to be a safe driver. This, I only found with Nigel. The lessons were a pleasure to attend and my confidence grew quickly. I cannot recommend him enough. Thank you.
Richardson Du Sousa 01/5/2018 I couldn’t be more grateful! Nigel really sets the higher bar for the A grade instructors. I had such a good experience, from the punctuality, professionalism, to the good sense of humour. He is always one step ahead of you... he won’t miss a single detail. I also have to mention that he is very honest and would never put any pressure for more lessons. If you are ready for the test, he will the first one to tell you. I would highly recommend him.
Dan Barber 30/4/2018 Nigel’s an amazing instructor as he knows all the mistakes you might make as a beginner driver and has ways to make sure you overcome each of them and remember best practices in driving. Thanks to his clear and memorable teaching I passed first time. He’s also a top guy who’s always on time and was a pleasure to learn with, I’d recommend him to literally anyone. Thanks Nigel!
Chris Bernard 25/4/2018 Nigel is a great teacher who really knows his stuff, I am an experienced driver and wanted to upgrade my licence from automatic to manual. Two lessons with Nigel was all I needed to pass my test 1st time.
Ben Smart 16/4/2018 Amazing experience with Nigel, learning with him was easy and relaxed. After 11 weeks I was ready for my test and passed first time! Punctual and professional I would highly recommend him to anybody.
Ryan Harding 03/4/2018 Nigel is a very friendly person with a very professional attitude to his work. He not only teaches you how to pass your test but teaches you how to drive after it. He makes lessons enjoyable and you leave with a clear understanding of what you learnt with him. I would recommend to everyone looking to become a great driver in the future
Tabatha Gray 29/3/2018 Nigel is a very personable, and professional person. I tried out a few instructors before I found him and immediately knew I had found the right instructor for me once I had my first lesson with him. He explains things clearly, is very calm, flexible, tailors lessons to meet individual needs and is highly punctual and reliable. I only needed 26 lessons with him before I passed my test on the second attempt. I would highly recommend him.
Isadora Tharin 22/3/2018 I couldn’t recommend Nigel more highly. He is unfailingly professional, patient and practical and great at providing useful, clear and constructive feedback which gets you closer to actually passing the driving test. He’s also quite funny! He always arrived on time or early for our appointments with a clean, fresh smelling car and made sure each of our sessions was really productive and beneficial. I never felt pressured into buying more time or more sessions than I felt I needed. Everyone should be so lucky as to have Nigel for an instructor!
Eric Houston 19/3/2018 If you can already drive and maybe have a foreign licence, but keep failing the practical test because you don't know the "British standard" (e.g. check mirrors constantly for no reason), then Nigel will help you calm down and fix the last few minor problems preventing you from holding that Test Pass certificate and getting that photo with it you secretly want as much as the licence let's face it. Out of all 5 instructors I used, Nigel was definitely the best. But I also had some really terrible instructors. Sometimes a bit strict, other times very easy going and complimentary (e.g. 'good mirror check!'), Nigel strikes the right balance always focused on getting you to pass. Highly recommended to everyone. p.s. check your mirrors.
Chris Yarsley 13/3/2018 I had a first time pass with Nigel this week that I put down to his calm, professional teaching. He explains everything clearly and is able to cope when natural frustrations occur and is able to bring sanity back to the learner (reverse bay parking ). Would definitely recommend him to any learner driver.
William Midwinter 08/03/2018 Nigel is a great driving instructor. He provides well structured lessons with clear goals to develop towards. It feels like he is invested in you as a student and helping you develop as a confidence driver. He was very flexible when my first test was cancelled. I passed first time with minimal faults. Great driving instructor I would truly recommend Cullen Driving School.
Adriana Gomes 19/2/2018 The best driving instructor! So patient with me and taught me some of his own tricks that have helped me become much more confident with my driving. Thanks for the experience and I highly recommend Nigel Cullen.
Nilton Mesquita Da Cruz 22/01/2018 I would like to thank you Nigel for the fantastic learning experience behind the wheel you are a wonderful, patient instructor and you actually made me look forward to driving. Thank you 10 out of 10 for Cullens Driving School
Rachel Clare 21/12/2017 As an older learner driver in my fifties I was originally apprehensive but I needn’t have worried. Nigel’s excellent teaching technique, combined with his patient and direct approach ensured I passed first time! I now have confidence which I really didn’t think I could gain in such a short amount of time at my age. Thank you Nigel!
John Rollings 07/12/2017 Nigel Cullen is a truly exceptional driving instructor. He helped build my confidence and taught me skills (Nigel's tip bits) in driving that will be with me for LIFE. Thank you, highly recommend.
Janne Oijer 29/11/2017 The biggest thank yous to Nigel for being so calm, patient and educational that even someone like me who's been quite averse to driving managed to pass my test. Couldn't recommend him enough!
Antonela Vieira 06/11/2017 Had such a great driving experience. Nigel is the most calm , patient and professional driving instructor you can come across. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to drive or needs refresher lessons . Thanks for all your hard work !!! Thanks to your great teaching I am now a confident driver !!
Damian Cullen 31/10/2017
Nigel understood me from the off. I felt at ease & confident in his abilities as an instructor. He is patient, flexible and very supportive. He really teaches you to drive rather than simply rerunning test routes. You get a real sense of his commitment to all his students whatever their background or age. He’s very much about quality over quantity. I would highly recommend him.
Gareth Woolnough 12/10/2017 Thanks a lot Nigel Cullen for being a great teacher. I learnt loads and couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
Gloria Mbema 09/10/2017 Excellent driving instructor very patient and calm great teaching overall. I had a great experience, honestly I cannot thank you enough. Thank you
Nick Smith 29/9/2017 30 years ago when I was 17, if you’ve have told that when I was nearly 47 that I would pass my Driving test for the first time let alone get to the test, I would have said you have got to be joking. Every time I tried to learn drive, my confidence was knocked by an instructor or me feeling I can't-do it so I gave up. Well that all changed in March 2017 when on holiday in Gran Canaria me and my partner Steve met Nigel at the B&B we were staying in who happened to be a driving instructor. He told me to get in touch when we returned to the UK which I did. I was apprehensive at first about doing lessons again but Nigel put me at ease, built up my confidence again, generally encouraging me. He was patient, calm, while all the time never making me feeling incompetent. I had a few lessons where I had a wobble, where I beat myself up as wasn’t doing it correctly but Nigel calmed me down, talked me through it and we worked at it. I got there in the end. For anyone considering learning to drive, get in touch with Nigel, he is “simply the best” I couldn’t ask for better.
Nathan Singh 18/8/2017 After a few failed tests under a different driving school I left learning for 18 months. I then found Nigel & the reviews are all spot on , after a quick call to Nigel explaining my past experience and waning confidence, he made me feel in control and has patience and a positive way of teaching and motivating me to be safe and confident driver. Nigel is a great teacher and helped me achieve a first time pass with his tuition , I'd recommend him to anyone who's looking for positive motivational and patient instructor.
Joe Stanley 19/07/2017 Having just passed my test, I can't say how much I've enjoyed having lessons with Nigel - patient, calm, punctual, organised and thoughtful, and above all, always good-humoured; I'm very grateful to him for the instruction and encouragement, which turned what was a bit of a chore into a thoroughly fun experience. Very adept at assessing the learner's style, he is expert at adapting to it - a remarkable professional, and I recommend him highly
Dino Zed 21/06/2017 Nigel is simply the best driving instructor there is in London. I found him by chance on the internet and decided to go with him straight away. He’s been the teacher i needed/wanted. Extremely patient with my mistakes, clear with his instructions and very encouraging even when my self confidence was running a bit low. He made this whole experience a very pleasant one. I can’t thank him enough for giving me this invaluable life skill. I would recommend him wholeheartedly.
Mark Oakley 16/05/2017 Nigel Cullen is simply THE best driving instructor I have had the pleasure in being trained by. I was destined never to drive but this man has given me courage and confidence I never knew I had. I just Passed my driving test. Thank you Nigel you are AMAZING and a wonderful driving instructor and I can not recommend him highly enough.
Max Latimer 07/04/2017 Nigel's lessons and teaching practices are extremely clear, setting goals and targets at the start of each lesson and reviewing what has taken place at the end. This reflection process really helps to embed the techniques that have been looked at in the lesson. He gave me a huge amount of support from the get go, always going out of his way to accommodate the times I wanted to book in a lesson, whether that was very early morning or late into the evening. The pick up and drop off service meant that I didn't have to eat into my working day, which kept everyone happy, especially my boss! The routes Nigel took me on would always change, this was extremely helpful as it meant I was constantly challenged as a driver and prepared me very well for my test. When Nigel thought I was ready, he took me on faster roads and as a learner driver this really boosted my confidence. The driving manoeuvres can seem very complex and daunting but Nigel broke them down and explained them clearly and concisely. After one lesson on them I felt that the reference points had been ingrained in my driving. Nigel is an extremely passionate and caring instructor, he was totally invested when we were out in the car and always there offering support and advice. I really couldn't recommend him highly enough and will miss the driving time we had together.
Rosey Cullen 25/03/2017 Thanks for everything I couldn't have done it with out you.
Paige Rose Refresher student Having passed my driving test six years and not driven since I didn't think I would ever be confident enough to drive again. After some lessons with Nigel this has completely changed. Nigel's patience and fantastic tuition has given me the confidence to drive again and I can't thank him enough. Will be recommending him to any of my friends needing some lessons. Thank you! Xx
Bernhard Nobis 09/03/017 I just passed my test today, first time round. If I'd known in how short a time and with what "easy efforts" it would be possible, I'm sure I'd have done my license 20 years ago.But then, it would not have been easy. And probably it would have been expensive too. Because there wasn't an instructor around to support me and teach me with the time and the way I needed. Now. Here, with Nigel Cullen, I was safe. The lessons prepared me in an ideal way not just for passing the test, but to help set me up as a safe driver. With his professional yet laid back instructions Nigel got me ready for the road. I was able to set aside fears and destructive attitudes, as well as prejudices to learn in a calm, clear, self-affirming manner. Thank you! I can only recommend this driving instructor with the highest praise - topnotch! 🙂
Corrado Palmas Refresher student I am so happy I decided to contact Nigel! I am from Italy and although I already have a valid driving lesson Venice, I never drove in the Uk. my problem was that I lost st confidence and also I was not used to drive on a different side of the road, as you do in the other European Countries. Nice has been extremely patient with me but also has given me the confidence to drive safely again! His skills and knowledge are exceptional and also every lesson was useful and enjoyable! I thoroughly recommend it! Thank you Nigel!
Ben Hascombe You couldn't ask for anyone better than Nigel. He understands that each student is an individual and plans your lessons to your ability which in turn makes it makes the journey of learning to drive very enjoyable.
Hannah Tlo 01/03/2017 On January 10th 2017I took my driving test after what I think was the best direction and enthusiasticteaching by Nigel Cullen. I was nervous on test day but was sure I had the skills to pass and Nigel was very supportive and encouraging. I took the test with sweaty palms and after 45 minutes was parked back up in the car park at Croydon test centre and was still unsure if I had passed. He came over to the car and we heard the good news together "well done you've passed". The elation in both of us was second to none and to know Nigel was proud of me was also fantastic as I didn't want to let him down, but he said that would never be the case as he teaches safe driving and not just to pass a test. This rang true on the day and ever since. I passed on my first time and didn't even use all the hours I thought I would need. It was under 20 hours. Thank you to Nigel who has given me a huge life skill and freedom. He made me feel so comfortable in every minute of every lesson. From an older LGBT member I thank you and so does my girlfriend 😂😂. If you want to drive safely and confidently this is definitely the man to go to xxx
Tia Joseph 10,12/2016 I needed an instructor at short notice and found Cullens driving school. From the very beginning I felt as though I was being taught exceptionally well and learned new handy tips for my test. I have now passed with Cullens driving school and would recommend to anybody looking to drive. 10/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. Thank u Cullens driving school.
Baylen Leonard 01/11/2016 Nigel was awesome! Very patient and puts you right at ease from the first lesson. I felt fully prepared for the test and more importantly I feel totally prepared for actually driving a car in Central London.
Matt Snead Refresher student Spent a fantastic hour with Nigel today and I've FINALLY learnt how to parallel park without trashing my alloys. Better late than never. Straighten the wheels, one full turn, shrink the triangle, two more turns, in he goes!
Nico If your looking to get behind the wheel, whether you are a new driver or just want to start again or get your confidence back! Nigel is the man, he knew exactly how to approach my inexperience and was very effective at adjusting to my way of learning. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am not just confident driver but a safe one too. Thank you
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Dave 14/01/2020 Nigel is a fantastic tutor, tailoring lessons to your learning style. Lessons are typically longer at 2hrs, giving more time to embed learning and build confidence quicker, thus resulting in going to test quicker. Nigel teaches you to drive safely, not just to pass the test.