Free London Parking
After 6.30pm the majority of metered spaces become free for parking. (Always check on the meter if this is the case.) One effect of the Congestion Charge however is that this time is often the busiest for traffic on London’s main roads. Hot spots like the A501 in Marylebone and the A202 in Camberwell are especially best avoided in the early evening. Use Transport For London’s Traffic Alerts trafficalerts.tfl.gov.uk
service for the latest information prior to your departure.
Trying to park for free in the West End is probably best avoided even at night, with many residential parking schemes continuing until 10pm, while others are continue to operate on a 24 hour basis. St.James’ Square in Piccadilly does offer some opportunity for free parking overnight, but the competition for spaces and enforcement of the regulations by local parking officials is fierce. Also keep in mind that some meters can start operating again as early as 7am.
Sundays present the best chance of finding a space in Central London, many residents embracing the chance to enjoy some fresh air outside the capital. Single yellow lines and metered spaces are all available for free parking, although you would be well advised to try and arrive before 11am for your best chance.