London is the UK’s capital, and is a huge, sprawling city that’s a global destination for art, culture, fashion and more. So with all this in mind, how accessible is the city itself?

The London Eye - wheelchair accessible

The London Eye – wheelchair accessible

Getting About London

London has a variety of public transport available, including the tube, buses, overground trains and taxis. They are not 100% accessible, but with some planning, you can make a trip very easy. All London buses and London black cabs are wheelchair accessible, but how accessible the tube is will depend on the station, as they vary. Canary Wharf, Canning Town and London Bridge all have good reviews as far as accessibility goes. Get in contact with the station ahead of time and make sure that they know you’re coming.

Transport of London has downloadable guides to all the different types of transport on London to make travelling easy.

If you’re planning on driving around London, then as long as you have a Blue Badge you’ll have additional rights when parking. However, Blue Badge parking is restricted Central London however.

Places to Visit

Buckingham Palace – the staff are friendly and informative and everywhere is accessible by wheelchair.

Iconic Tower Bridge, London

The iconic Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge – wheelchair access is excellent, and there is a car park nearby.

The V&A – while the nearest station has steps, there are several bus routes that drop you off just outside. The entire exhibition is accessible, with gentle ramps throughout.

The London Eye – the nearest station at Waterloo is step free, and the London Eye is a few minutes away. Carers go free, and the staff are very informative and aware of access issues.

The National Gallery – Accessible in all areas, with plenty of lifts and good toilets. However, the nearest step-free station is Green Park, which is quite a way off.

Thames Clippers – If you fancy a trip along the river, then this boat is the one for you. Fully accessible for wheelchair users, they even have accessible toilets.

Accessible Places to Eat in London

There are lots of accessible place to eat in London.

The Café in the Crypt at St Martin’s offers freshly prepared food from sustainable sources, and is very accessible. Spacious lifts take you from the street to the crypt and it has two accessible toilets. Food is easy to reach, and staff are helpful and accommodating.

 

Sally White Cafe - fully wheelchair accessible...

Sally White Cafe – fully wheelchair accessible…

Sally White, Food Lover on Kennington Road is a bakery that offers a range of pastries, cakes and more, and the best bit is that it is accessible. It is easy to get into and there’s lots of room for manoeuvre, however, the toilets are down a flight of stairs.

 

London has it’s good places and bad places when it comes to accessibility. The key is to plan ahead and research into the specific places that you want to go and how accessible they are.

 

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