At INSHUR we look for ways to help Uber drivers make more money – revealing the best places to find riders is one of them. But as many events have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, identifying reliable rider hotspots and pickup locations has become a bit of a guessing game for private hire drivers.
Due to the Government’s rule of six in England, certain conferences, exhibitions and sporting events are unable to run with physical attendance this month.
The following information is correct at the time of writing on 1st October. But before you go, be sure to check the latest on local restrictions from official government sources: England, Scotland and Wales.
Across England, the following businesses and venues must close from 10pm to 5am:
- All hospitality businesses and venues
- Bowling alleys
- Amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities (excluding indoor gyms and fitness studios)
- Funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks and adventure parks and activities
- Bingo halls
Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open past 10.00pm to conclude a performance that began before 10.00pm, but must close once the performance has finished.
Insider’s scoop: Due to the country wide curfew, 10pm is a prime pickup time regardless of location with potential riders leaving venues and pouring onto the streets.
Where: Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden
When: Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th October
Times: 12.00pm – 10.00pm
Insiders’ scoop: Bottomless steins finish serving at 2.00pm, so there may be a flurry of riders leaving around this time.
The Big London Bake
Where: The Castle, Tooting
When: Every Wednesday to Sunday
Times: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday – 6.00pm & 8.00pm, Saturday and Sunday – 12.00pm, 2.30pm & 5.30pm, 8.30pm
Insiders’ scoop: Sessions last 90 minutes, so plan to be in the area around 90 minutes after the start times listed above
Drayton Manor Park
When: Friday to Monday, until 31st October
Times: Friday & Monday, 10.00am – 4.00pm; and Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Insiders’ scoop: October means half-term for many families. Voted winner of Best Value Family Day Out in the UK, many are likely to flock to Drayton Manor this month.
Rochdale Ghost Walk
Where: The Baum Pub, Greater Manchester
When: Thursday 1st & 15th, Saturday 31st October
Insider’s scoop: After a spooky ghost walk, it may be preferable to get a taxi on to the next destination. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 mins, so aim to be in the area at about 8.45pm on these dates.
Cocktail Mixology Masterclass
Where: The Cow Hollow Hotel, Manchester
When: Every date in October
Times: Classes run at 12.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 8.00pm. On Friday’s and Saturday’s 5.30pm is the final session of the day.
Insider’s scoop: The masterclass allows each attendee to make three different cocktails. With a mix of multiple spirits, many may need a taxi after this two hour session.
Eat Out To Help Out
- Bukharah Restaurant (Monday – Saturday)
- The Butchershop Bar & Grill (Thursdays)
- Bombay Blues (Monday – Saturday)
When: Throughout October
Insider’s scoop: Scotland’s leading restaurants are uniting to provide their own version of the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme. Keep checking here, as more restaurants are added daily and potential riders head out for those daily dining deals.
Food delivery is exempt from England’s 10pm curfew, so it’s another great way to stay on the road to keep earning. Click here to find out more about your delivery work options. And remember, with INSHUR you are automatically covered to do delivery work at no added cost.
Wherever you go to pick up passengers, make sure that both you and your rider will need to wear a face-covering. Read more about face coverings here.