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The alternative to car hire in Southwark

Book or reserve on-demand, and drive our thousands of cars and vans by the minute, hour or day.
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Sometimes you just need a car in Southwark

As one of London’s oldest boroughs, Southwark is vibrant and varied. There’s plenty to do whether you want to visit world famous cultural attractions, shop, do your favourite sports or explore some of the borough’s green spaces. If you want to explore some of the borough’s highlights or venture further afield, you might be considering renting a car, which sometimes can be fairly time consuming. Even worse, pick up and drop off points aren’t always in the most convenient locations, especially if you need to co-ordinate your journey with public transport. Car sharing through a car club is a much more flexible alternative, which can also be cheaper than traditional car hire and ownership.

Why Zipcar?

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Save money

We pay for fuel, parking, Congestion Charge and insurance – so you get access to a car without all the hassle of owning one!

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Cars near you

Zipcars live just around the corner. We've got the largest car sharing fleet in London (not that we're boasting) and you'll find us in cities across the UK. 

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Drive on-demand

Whatever you need wheels for, we’ve got them. Rent cars and vans by the minute, hour or day when and where you need them.

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Live greener

We’re the perfect addition to buses, trains and bikes for those times when you just need a car. We've also got hundreds of electric cars in our fleet. 

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Where to rent a Zipcar

You’re never far from a Zipcar in Southwark, as we spread our vehicles throughout each neighbourhood. This means that from Bermondsey to Peckham Rye, you can always find a car quickly and easily. There are plenty of cars within a few minutes walk from anywhere in Southwark or Borough, including some close to London Bridge train station. Further east, we have clusters of cars in Bermondsey, Canada Water and Surrey Quays, ideally situated if you want to escape the city at the weekend or take advantage of the Surrey Quays shopping centre. Going south, our Elephant & Castle cars are in easy walking distance of the Tube station, close to the A3. In Camberwell, all our cars are close to Brunswick Park, perfect to easily get onto the A202. Our cars in Peckham are centred around the Peckham Rye station, with cars available on both sides of the tracks, giving convenient access to either the A202 or the A2214. Once you’ve picked your car, getting going is simple. You just book the car through our website or app, find it on the street and unlock it with your membership card. Insurance, fuel and up to 60 miles free is included with each rental too, to make it even easier.

Things to do in Southwark

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Things to do in Southwark

Southwark is best known for attractions like Borough Market, the Shard and the Globe Theatre, but there’s much more to the borough too. If you’re planning on raiding Borough Market, or even just over shop, you can find a nearby Zipcar and drive your haul home. Alternatively, if you fancy a trip to one of the many cultural highlights in the borough, like the Southwark Playhouse or an exhibition at the Design Museum, a short term car rental offers an easy way to drive there and back.

Serious shoppers enjoy Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and we have plenty of cars in the area so you can carry all your shopping home easily. If you’re more into sports, there are a several leisure centres to choose from, including Surrey Docks where you can try your hand at kayaking and sailing. If you’re bringing bags of equipment with you, Zipcar offers a simple mode of transport.

Getting out of town with a Zipcar

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Getting out of town with a Zipcar

Further afield, Southwark is an ideal base for exploring some of southern England’s beautiful countryside. For families or vintage enthusiasts the Bluebell Railway in Sussex is just drive away. It gives you the chance to experience a bygone era, riding on steam trains and occasional themed events. Just up the road is Sheffield Park, an outstanding National Trust park and garden with a tea room and ample parking.

Biggin Hill is a short drive from south London and you can visit the remains of the WW2 airfield, while nearby are plenty of small towns with charming country pubs and tea rooms.

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How Zipcar works

Join online for free. Once you’re a member you’ll have access to book Roundtrip journeys, Flex one-way trips as well as our vans and luxury, unbranded fleet. Just download the app, reserve and drive.

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Apply online with a picture of your driving licence at the ready. As soon as you’re approved, you’re good to go.

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Drive a Roundtrip

Book by the hour or day, perfect for weekends away and trips around town. Unlock with the app or your Zipcard. Need a one-way trip? Try Zipcar Flex. 

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Return

When you’re done, return your Roundtrip vehicle to the same dedicated bay you got it from. Pop the keys in the glovebox and lock via the app.