Driving lessons in Islington and Camden

Joshi teaches in a Manual car providing Driving lessons in Hornsey, Golders Green, Hamstead, Camden and Islington.


Full name: Mr Raj Joshi

Car:  Hyundai i30 Edition

Previous Experience: Trained lorry driver, minibus driver, motorcyclist and cyclist.

Hobbies: Going to the gym, walking, running and a voluntary drive for a children’s school minibus.

Languages: English, Guajarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Personal profile: I am a happy instructor who enjoys teaching and making lessons fun whilst still maintaining a professional standard. Nervous pupils are always welcome! As everyone is unique and different, I aim to inspire confidence in each pupil. I have a good sense of safe driving which is potentially why I would like to pass on my skills and knowledge to those who want to learn a life time skill and make them a safe and competent driver as one day they are going to share the same roads with us!


Golders Green



Stoke Newington





Bethnal Green


Driving lessons DaytimeOur daytime rates cover lessons starting before 5pm (1700) on weekdays. Evening & WeekendOur Evening/Weekend rates apply to any lessons starting at 5pm (or later) and at any times on weekends or Bank Holidays.
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6 Week course An Ideal beginners course - 2/3 lessons per week over a period of 6-9 weeks (depending on the test lead times in your area).
We book your theory test for you at the start so that you are studying alongside taking driving lessons. This course can be designed as a beginners course but we do recommend booking an assessment lesson first to get an accurate idea of how many lessons you will actually need.
The course cost includes:
- Your theory test
- Your Practical Driving Test for a weekday test
- 16 one hour lessons - booked daytime or evening
- Your pre-test lesson & use of our car on test
The advantage of this course is that we have the time for other lessons if needed before your test.
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Intensive courses Intensive/ Crash courses - normally 5 hours per day & can be run over 2, 3, or 5 days.
The 5 day course is one week long start Monday finish Friday & we book your test for the following week, 2 & 3 day courses are similar where we try to book your test on the day following the course.
These courses are ideal for anyone that needs to pass quickly.
DaytimeOur daytime rates cover lessons starting before 5pm (1700) on weekdays. Evening & WeekendOur Evening/Weekend rates apply to any lessons starting at 5pm (or later) and at any times on weekends or Bank Holidays.
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Thiago Azevedo: ”Raj is a top instructor, works methodically and is patient. He not only knows all the ins-and-outs of what exactly it takes to pass a test, but more importantly, what it means to be a good driver. He is polite, calm, effective, prepared and professional. His experience with Hendon's test centre is invaluable and it's good to be tested along roads you are already familiar with because you practiced there! All in all highly recommended and frankly, just listen to him, you're in good hands”

Michelle Gill: ”Having just passed my driving test I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Raj, my extremely patient driving instructor. His teaching style is calm and disciplined, designed not just for the test but to instill great driving skills for life. Raj is also very flexible and punctual, often fitting me into his schedule at short notice. His experience was obvious from the start and I found his advice invaluable. The car is very easy to learn in and I found it comfortable and safe. I would recommend taking the test at Hendon and Raj took me several times to the area the test is taken so that I would feel confident with the roads in the area. I can't fault the experience I had learning to drive with Raj, it was indeed "1st class"!”

Max Matsak: ”My experience with Raj was very pleasant, the car was comfortable to drive and Raj was a very good teacher. I passed my driving test in no time!”

JiaJun: ”Thanks for all the great lessons you've conducted for me over the past few months. I have definitely learnt many useful and practical tips about driving that will help me to continue driving safely and effectively now that I've passed my test. I think the pace of the lessons was just right, allowing me to progress steadily towards learning new skills while having sufficient opportunity to revise old ones. I also really appreciate the detailed and comprehensive feedback you gave during our lessons, and I will try to remember all the valuable advice you've shared so I can continue to improve my driving skills in the future. Thank you once again.”

Polly: ”Thanks to Raj I have just passed my driving test... first time!! I found Raj to be extremely professional in his approach and from the very first lesson he instils in you the key skills, behaviours and techniques you will need to pass the test as well as to become a safe lifelong driver. Raj had the ability to put me at ease while I was learning but at the same engage me. His teaching style has a good balance of practical and theoretical elements. His lesson plans ensure that more complex aspects are explained clearly and reinforce your prior knowledge. On the day of my test I felt fully prepared. From the beginning we had spent lots of time driving the test routines so they were very familiar to me. At times when I doubted myself and my ability Raj was calm and clear about his expectations and his instructions. He is honest in his critique which adds to his creditability. Raj offers a very professional service, he is always punctual, flexible and keen to accommodate where he can. I am 100% confident in recommending Raj to other learner drivers based on my own experience.”

Zehra Chudr: ”: Over the last 6 years I've taken driving lessons on and off with different instructors and failed my test 4 times. So needless to say my confidence was bruised. Driving with Raj was great. He is really patient and has a great way of teaching. I could see progression in every single lesson and got my confidence back to deal with meeting situations AND that dreaded Parallel Park! He gave me great advice for my exam, had prepped me well and so after all those years I finally passed my test, first time with Raj. I'd highly recommend him to anyone learning!”

Vicky: ”Raj is a fantastic instructor. He's always calm and friendly and quickly helps you feel relaxed and confident behind the wheel. His guidance is clear, he makes everything simple to grasp and he's always got a funny story or two to keep lessons entertaining. Thanks again!”

Mongay: ”Raj is a reliable Driving Instructor because he gave me an in depth understanding of practical driving test in UK, and was prompt at spotting my bad habits. With great care and sense of humour, he was making me to correct them. At some points when I became a bit nervous about the mistakes I was making, he always found something different to encourage me to focus on positive things. He was always very patient while explaining and helping me improve my driving skills. He never rushed me into different aspects and ensured that I was confident enough to take the driving test. I will recommend Raj to my friends.”

Melody-Natasha: ”I had done driving lessons in the past but found it hard to connect with my instructor. Raj made learning fun and for so that i found very difficult in the past seem very easy. Being on maternity leave and due back at work in July started my lessons at the end of march and passed 1st time end of June. Raj is a brilliant teacher and would recommend him highly. Thanks for all your help and support passing today is the best feeling ever!”

Johanna: ”First found Raj online with 1st class driving, and choose to go with him as a driving instructor due to the many recommendations he had online. He was patient and relaxed from the very beginning, and took me through everything I needed to pass my test at a pace that suited me. Learning to drive can be stressful, but Raj was excellent at keeping me calm and making sure that I felt confident in my ability. He was very clear and explained things in a way that I understood and remembered both for the test, and driving after it. He made good recommendations on the best place to take the test, and made sure that I was fully prepared when it came to taking it. Raj helped me to pass first time, and I now feel confident as safe as a driver. I can highly recommend him!”

Robert Gunning: ”Thank you so much Raj for helping me to pass first time for changing my life and setting me free! You were a fantastic instructor I couldn't have done it without you. With your patient, supportive and sharp well timed advice you brought me from zero to pass in what seemed like a very such a short time. Even when I was having a few of my off days you encouraged me to stay positive and focused. Your use of pictures/maps/diagrams/video in your lessons really helped my learning curve. I also appreciated how you made me believe I could do it even when I doubted myself you came to the rescue in your calm and thoughtful manner and put me back on track. As well as a great tutor you became a friend and I would highly recommend you to anyone thinking of passing the test. Also thanks you for going out of your way every time with extra hours and odd times and weekends because of my unusual work pattern and managed my driving time on schedule and getting me over the finishing line. Thanks again Raj you are the best!”

Sofia Lace: ”Raj is an excellent driving instructor. He taught me from scratch, very patient with different ways to make you understand something. You can tell Raj has a passion for his job and genuinely cares about getting the best from the people he teaches and wants people to pass and have a safe driving future - he will get you up to a great driving standard. I've just passed my test and I'm now in the process of doing the Pass Plus course with Raj and would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Raj!”

Michaela Foden: ”I would like to say a huge thank you to my driving instructor Raj, I could not have asked for a better person to teach me to drive! He worked with me and quickly picked up on my learning style and adapted to that to help me pass first time. I did in fact pass first time thanks to Raj’s brilliant instructing technique, patents, persistence and encouragement. I struck it lucky with Raj, he really made me feel at ease behind the wheel whilst taking it seriously, he would remind me everybody had to learn at one point! I enjoyed learning to drive with Raj, am very happy I passed however sad I will not be having lessons anymore! Pass plus is on the cards now! Really nice guy, would recommend him to all learner drivers.”

Ashok: ”Thank you Joshi for getting me through my driving test.You were so patient and helpful, always happy to repeat anything that wasn't making sense, you really are a great driving instructor. ”

Ketfi Bachir: ”I want to give a BIG thanks to Raj, he is a really good instructor . I found him patient and supportive he would calm me when I became nervous and he made the lessons very easy to learn from. I am happy with the 1st Class Driving school to their kindness . Mr Raj helped me a lot and I am grateful because he gave me the knowledge and confidence to PASS my Practical Test on the first time. I would recommend him to people 100%.”

Jakob: ”Raj Joshi is an excellent instructor who knows that the most important thing about driving instruction is not getting the license, but making sure students are comfortable and confident behind the wheel - everything else (including certification) comes naturally. He was always honest with me, telling what I was doing well and what needed improvement and was also very accommodating with my frequently busy schedule. He made sure that when I eventually took the exam I was as prepared as I could be. He's also a very friendly and calm person who has a very systematic teaching style. I would recommend him highly to anyone.”

Paul Leathem: ”Raj Joshi was a brilliant instructor right from the start. he made me feel relaxed and at ease on every lesson. My driving experience had been patchy in the past and Raj helped me seamlessly integrate old knowledge whilst updating the manoeuvres I need to learn. he was very organised and at the end of every lesson we would discuss what needed to be improved on next time we met. I would highly recommend him as a instructor, the knowledge I have gained from him will stay with me for life . Thanks a million Raj for teaching me the skills to pass my test and be safe driver.”

Caspar: ”Raj Joshi helped me pass my test at the first attempt at Hendon Test Centre. I really appreciated his calm and reassuring manner, so even though sometimes I was getting nervous or anxious when I was making mistakes early on, he wasn't! - this helped me relax and so I ended up making much fewer mistakes as lessons went on. He also has a range of tips and tricks which make things like manoeuvres much easier. On the test itself I only got four minor errors, and I think all of this was testament to Raj's great tutelage! I can't recommend him highly enough.”

JK: ”I would like to say a HUGE thanks to Raj my instructor and would recommend him to anyone! Made lessons really easy to learn techniques and has a great sense of humor, always had me laughing! Got me through my test with just 4 minors and was really supportive on the day of my driving test because i was so nervous! I'm now driving around very confidently on the roads thanks very much Raj Joshi! ”

Rachael: ”Raj is a very clear and calm driving instructor, and I learnt well and steadily with him. He taught me manoeuvres and various aspects of driving systematically, going over things I had learnt every week to reinforce what he was teaching. His car is very clean and easy to use, and I felt like a confident and safe driver after our lessons. ”

Ucar Ozlem: ”Raj is a great driving instructor. I would like to give him big "thank you" because I passed my test today - which was my second attempt. I have been taking lessons with Raj for a while now and I can truly recommed him to anyone. He made me very comfortable from the start and I gained a great confidence about my driving thanks to him. Raj is brilliant explaining things and giving advices, and very good pointing out your weaknesses so you can focus on them and improve. If you are looking for a driving instructor who will make you gain the skills and knowledge not just to pass your driving test but to use the rest of your life; Raj is who you are looking for ”

Chris Taylor: ”Raj is a fantastic instructor and very patient. I had had bad experiences with previous instructors and had felt quite discouraged before I started with Raj. I made good progress with Raj despite not being a natural behind the wheel and managed to pass first time. I would thoroughly recommend Raj to any learner, particularly those who are a bit apprehensive like I was. ”

Pauline Fyffe: ”I had tried to pass my driving test before but without success & as you can imagine, I was nervous about starting lessons again after 2years. Raj was very friendly and he quickly made my worries disappear & confidence grow. He explained everything clearly and logically and as a team, we worked together to iron out my mistakes & bad habits. In particular with manoevers, Raj is excellent as even if you get the reference points wrong, Raj teaches you how to independantly correct these as in real life, nobody always gets things right first time. Raj has a professional way of teaching, & on lessons it seem like you're in the car with a friend, not an instructor. I honestly believe that his teaching seriously improved my confidence on the road, and helped me get through the learning stage at a pace he knows is right for you. Raj's lessons were extremely benifical as I have learned to drive in various road conditions, lighting etc which as a learner are vital to improve your confidence when first independantly driving alone. Raj has a great pass success rate & i would highly recommend him to anybody as he is a fantastic instructor who has helped me eventually pass where others have failed!”

James Dawe: ”This is a reflection of my experience learning to drive under the expert tuition of your instructor Raj Joshi. I found Raj helped me regain and enhance my previously gained knowledge of driving within quite a small number of lessons. He was patient and made me feel at ease in the car again. Every aspect of driving was covered throughly and explained in great detail. Aided by the use of diagrams, model cars and accurate reference points resulting in precise maneuvers. My confidence and concentration grew as the lessons went on, and by the date of the test, I felt well prepared and briefed on the test area. I can't recommend Raj Joshi highly enough to any provisional drivers, his pass record precedes him.”

Siofra: ”Raj is an excellent instructor and I would recommend him to anyone. He is very professional and takes a serious approach to teaching. You really feel as if he is giving you the best possible training as he is meticulous in the way he explains things. He is also very patient and is always happy to go over things until you understand them. Raj is also friendly and pleasant and I am sure you will feel very comfortable, learning with him. If you are at all nervous he will put you at ease. He's always been very accommodating when arranging lessons and will always try to fit you in. I really can't recommend him highly enough and am sure anyone who learns with him will be extremely happy with him as an instructor.”

Aisha McKenzie: ”After taking a few lessons with a previous driving company, I decided to switch to 1st Class Driving School and started taking lesson with Raj. I felt we instantly connected and looked forward to our weekly lessons, I felt comfortable asking questions and if I made a mistake I was encouraged to try and try again. Raj has a great sense of humour and our conversations made me relax which made me less nervous on the road, Raj always went out of his way to help me and I would like to say a big THANK YOU!”

Naama: ”Raj is the man. The best instructor you can ask for. He's sensitive to the level you are at, your skills, your style, and your state of mind. He listens to you, and is very supportive. He is also observant and knows how to show you your blind spots and weak links - so that you can control them in the test. He understands the psychological level of driving, and helps you see where you are not performing and can do better. Raj helps you be a better driver - not just for the test, but for life. He's not pressuring, but still able to create a good robust structure in every lesson. He always gives you good background and takes the time to explain things in details, so that you understand why you need to take care of certain things, and not just memorise them without understanding. That helps a lot in the test, because then good driving comes naturally. Apart from being highly professional and skilled - he's simple a really nice guy, pleasant to be around, good sense of humour, and good spirit. That makes the learning process enjoyable. I would warmly recommend him to any learner, of any level - he will help you get excellent results.”

Betty Tran: ”Raj really takes the time to explain in detail any questions about driving theory. He paid very close attention to the areas in driving I needed work on and the mistakes that I made and ensured that they were corrected. He speaks very clearly and instructions are easy to follow and understand. He is a very good instructor to learn with! When it came time to take my driving test, he offered to sit in on the test with me in order to correct any problems if I did not pass. The car he teaches in is also easy to drive with helpful extra side mirrors to help you do the maneuvers. He is also good company to have whilst driving!”

Mohammed Foyez Ahmed: ”1st Class Driving school is a good and cheap driving school, my instructor was very good, I learnt everything in the 27 hours I did and I passed first time. I give credit to my instructor Raj, he taught me everything in the right manner and I went several times to the test centre to get to know the area so when it came to the test I knew the area well. I would highly recommend this driving school to anyone else.”

Gisele Grace: ”I would like to thank 1st Class for the high standard driving lessons, and a special thank you to you, Raj Joshi, for being so professional, supportive and patient during all my lessons. You're a positive minded person with a positive vibration. You've shown me, on many occasions, that you're not a money sucker by putting learners' needs before money. Your driving tips are very easy to remember and to practice. I would definitely recommend you to anyone looking for an excellent driving instructor. ”

Avril.Bates: ”I would like to recommend Raj as a driving instructor for a number of reasons. First of all and most importantly I passed my test after having Raj as my instructor after only a few short months. Secondly Raj is very pleasant and entertaining which made the learning how to drive experience much more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. Thirdly Raj is very good at putting you at ease, building your confidence on the road and teaching driving manoeuvres through easy to remember reference points.”

Diluka Perera: ”Learning to drive in London was something I was very nervous about starting and I knew I had to have an instructor who was foremost patient and understanding. After my first couple of lessons I was totally reassured. Raj has a very easy going and calming nature vital for this kind of job. He was able to cater his teaching to suit my pace of learning. He was always very thorough in making sure I understood my weak and strong areas and found ways to improve those things I found difficult to grasp. Each lesson he would recap previous mistakes and make sure we covered them again until they were corrected. Equally Raj good at challenging my skills to extend my confidence. I really started to enjoy driving and looked forward to learning new skills. Raj has developed great techniques in teaching the manoeuvres which meant you could learn them in a structured and easy way. I was not expecting to gain my license first time around so I was ecstatic when I did. Thank you Raj!”

Kirsty Hicks: ”Having originally learnt 8 years ago, Raj helped me to relearn, get back up to test standard and pass with flying colours. He is very patient and easy to get along with, and I would recommend him as an instructor whether you are starting from scratch, or doing a bit of revision like me. He is also able to drive in the congestion zone which was really convenient for someone working in the city. Thanks for all your help Raj, much appreciated!”

Amar Ismail: ”I had a great time learning how to drive a car and passing my test. For that I would like to thank you for your patience and great teaching style that has provided me with the confidence to have a successful exam. I would definitely recommend Raj to anybody who wants to pass their test - an instructor that is guaranteed to make you pass!”

Manpreet Bajwa: ”It is said that "it pays to take a friend on your side" and that's what I was able to do. Passing the Driving test as for everyone else was a horror to me and I really needed someone who could evaluate me on my error points on one hand and generate the confidence in me to show that I can do it all in the end. Raj played a very important catalyst role in my quest for the all important Card. With some driving on my back, Raj evaluated me on all the wrong habits I had developed over the years and ensured that I do not let him down on all the points the DSA would be looking for in a Safe driver. Raj was patient when needed giving time to recover on mistakes made and a Teacher when required to remind me of the new factors i need to take into consideration, significant to pass the test. I found his method to be simple to understand and easy to implement. With some practice and expert direction from Raj, I was able to pass the test i my first attempt surprisingly with some good positive feedback from the evaluator.”

NAA UK Events: ”Thank you Raj for helping me achieve my one aim of the year 'to pass my driving test' - and first time, at that! Your optimistic attitude and constructive tutoring was amazing and really helped me to build the confidence I needed to pass. I'm going to miss your witty banter that made every lesson a joy... If you want a driving instructor you trust that will get you the results you want ‘your driving licence’ Raj is your man – outstanding! Katie ”

David Gigauri: ”Thank you for your time and effort in getting me through the exam Raj! I would like to particularly thank you for your teaching approach, which added a lot of confidence to a learner like me when on the road. I appreciated your patience and the fact that you remained supportive, which is exactly what a new driver needs. Having had lessons with other instructors, I would also like to highlight your ability to skilfully teach how to effectively apply the driving theory to practical situations on the road. Last but not least your lessons were definitely fun, enjoyable and flexible which is important to someone like me with a hectic work schedule. I will be sure to recommend you!”

Chris:Thanks very much for your support and advice in helping this ‘experienced driver’ from across the pond master the art of UK driving! Joshi’s approach and technique to teaching the subtleties that an experienced overseas driver must master to pass the DSA practical exam were indispensable and I am very grateful. Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks!!

Michael Smales:Joshi has all of the qualities of a good instructor. Most importantly Joshi is relaxed and easy to get on with, making lessons more of a pleasure than a chore. Joshi is also very good at understanding your level of ability as a learner, never becoming bored or impatient and at the same time allowing you to progress quickly at a pace you are comfortable with. Finally Joshi is reliable, was always on time for my lessons and was flexible with fitting the lessons in with my schedule. I recommend him thoroughly as a an instructor”

Sebastian: “As an individual who obtained a driving licence some years ago but has had limited driving experience, I enlisted Raj's help and took a course of refresher lessons. The primary goals were to re-acquaint myself with a manual transmission vehicle and a general refresher on driving awareness and practicalities. Based on my experience I would unreservedly recommend Raj; I have found him to be polite, professional, organised and a highly effective tutor. From the first lesson Raj put me at ease and offered practical and pragmatic guidance that has helped me re familiarise myself with driving and handling situations on the road. In particular, I've found his ability to explain the more complicated rules of the road in clear and unambiguous terms invaluable, making the academic side of the driving refresher much easier to digest. I highly recommend Raj to anyone looking to learn to drive or for some lessons to refresh their driving skills.”

Adam: “Thanks Raj for all the help and advice in helping me to pass my driving test. I could not have done it without you! You're understanding of what's likely to come up in the test, the margin of error we're allowed and how to impress and settle the examiners were invaluable on the day.You're teaching style was really well balanced and I can see how you get the most out of your pupils. The flexible timings of lessons was really helpful to me as well. I'm looking forward to starting the pass plus lessons. Many many thanks and best wishes”

Nicholas William: "Thanks for getting me through my test first time and having great patience. If all Driving Instructors were as capable as you I am sure a lot more people would pass their tests!"

Nadia khan: "I would definitely recommend Raj to anybody. He's an excellent teacher, very patient and got me relaxed straight away with being so personable and professional. Enjoyed all my lessons thoroughly and every lesson was high quality and good value for money in comparison to what else is available to learners."

Christopher Ossowski: "Joshi has been very helpful in Helping me an experienced American driver for 10 years, prepare for the driving exam in the UK. He is a very patient and reliable instructor with great teach techniques. Would highly reccomend him to anyone. "

Ciara Phelan: "I passed my test first time and have already reccomended Joshi to other people as he is a great instructor. He is thorough in his lessons and puts in place good practices that will not only get you through the test but will make you a careful and considerate driver in the future. He is extremly patient and knows exactly hwot to calm your nerves and get the best out of you. Joshi has an outstanding first pass rate which is not based on luck but his superior driving instructing skills."

Rob Janes: "I very much enjoyed my lessons with Joshi. He is a very patient and organised teacher. He helped me understand not only where I needed to improve but how to read other road users, this helped me to become a better driver by responding to others around me. Joshi is also a very competant teacher and once i was more confident with my driving we had very engaging conversations. Making my driving not only more enjoyable but also more relaxed. This really helped me pass my test! Thanks Joshi. "

Tracy Godd: "I want to say thank you to Joshi for having the patience to teach me to drive and pass my test. First time I was a big bag of nerves but the second time I got there. I will give my friends and family and there friends and family his number. He is very calm and that makes you calm and relaxed, not like other instructors I have had in the past. THANK YOU JOSHI. It's the best thhing I have ever done for myself and my kids!. "

Mercedes: "Joshi has got to be the best instructor ever. He is the most patient and calm person. He explains manoeuvres and the skills you need in an easy to understand way. He also really understands you as an individual to work at your own level. His way of teaching and presence calmed me which is the reason I had him with me on my test, which after 22 hours of learning, I passed first time. He is a great person and instructor and I would recommend him to any and everyone. "

Maranatha Bennett: "Joshi is an enjoyable and positive Instructor. I look forward to my lessons and how I will be taught. He makes me feel comfortable during my lessons and they are well instructed. I would recommend him to anyone!. "

Christian: “Thanks very much for your support and advice, and for helping this 'experienced driver' from across the pond master the art of UK driving! Raj's approach and technique to teaching the subtleties that an experienced overseas driver must master to pass the DSA practical exam were indispensible and I am very grateful. Who says you can't teach an old dog a new trick!! All the best, Chris “