About Us

Who We Are

Holborn School of Motoring, or Scuola Guida Italiana as it is was first known was established in 1965 by two brothers, Valentino and Alessio Varani who have since sadly passed away. Their very first informal office was located in a cafe opposite St. Peter’s Italian Church on Clerkenwell Road, this is where the instructors would meet their pupils over a cup of tea before the driving lesson. A few years later an office at 178 Clerkenwell Road became available, it was less than a quarter of a mile away from the original “office” in the cafe. This is where we have been located ever since.

In 1974 younger brother Vittorio joined the partnership and was instrumental in keeping the business successful whilst always upholding the original values of teaching learners to become confident, responsible and safe drivers. In 1998 nephew Roberto joined the company and today oversees the business, maintaining all the standards and values held since 1965.

For more than fifty years Holborn School Of Motoring has continued to build and maintain an experienced team of top level DVSA approved instructors, some of whom have been with the school for more than 20 years.

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Here are some examples of what our customers have said about their learning experiences

“Couldn’t have been better! Rob is a reliable, punctual, patient and thorough driving instructor. I felt very well prepared for my test and for driving beyond. I didn’t hold out much hope for enjoying driving before I began, but I really did enjoy my lessons. Thanks, Rob!”

“Today I passed my driving test, from the first time and thanks to the great teaching skills of Richard! Richard is great, funny, always on time and encouraging instructor.”

“I came across Holborn Driving School as my office was nearby and I was impressed by all the good reviews. My instructor had great communication skills. He made sure to explain things in a simplistic and calm manner. He advised on having 2hrs lessons per week consistently. After roughly 37-40 hrs of lessons, I passed first time! Thanks Rob!”

“A HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to Taj from Holborn driving school! He is so professional, friendly and welcoming. He has so much patience and is calmling; and really helps to focus on the road and how to drive correctly. I’ve had a few manual instructors and automatic instructors and have to say Taj has been the best! Highly recommend!”

Charlenna Campbell, Google Reviews ★★★★★

“Excellent driving school, passed first time. I live in central London and I chose this school because is one of the most high rated school for their teaching. I done 19 Hours in total driving before taking the test. The staff is excellent. And I recomend this to all of you that would like to get a driving license.”