If you are disabled, holidays to London using its accessible transport system, shops, sights and museums may be ideal for you.
London is one of Europe’s most visited cities, with tourists flocking here throughout every season to experience its historic sites, cultural venues and world course shopping. But have you ever wondered how accessible it would be to people with disabilities?
As a disability expert with over thirty-one years’ experience in arranging vacations for disabled people, I will help you to have a fun, stress free and valuable trip towards the capital by offering advice about accessible hotels, sights and transportation within the UK’s capital.
The good news is that the city has worked hard during the last 10-15 years to make itself a great destination for both able-bodied and the disabled. Holidays to London are often dependent around sight-seeing and shopping, and the city has created great use of both.
Seeing the Sights
Most of the main sights within the city, from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and all the major museums, now have wheelchair access and seating facilities. Numerous sights now also offer audio guides, BSL video guides as well as tour transcripts printed in large print, if requested.
There are a variety of ways to travel around London for that disabled. Holidays to the city may involve travelling on chartering, trains, the tube and taxis – all of which offer passengers with disabilities varying examples of accessibility.
• Buses – London has the largest accessible bus fleet on the planet. All London buses are ‘low-floor’ vehicles and include an entry ramp.
• Trains – Only a quarter of Tube channels have step-free access. These are clearly marked on the Pipe map, so it’s important to plan your route carefully if you want this facility. All DLR stations are step-free.
• Taxis – All ‘Black Cabs’ in London offer wheelchair access as a ramp which the driver will put out on ask for. The seating area in the back of a cab is spacious enough to suit a wheelchair, although the modern shape taxis do offer much more headroom.
• Boats – Most piers are now step-free and several boats have boarding ramps.
Visit the Transport for London website for a journey planner which will plan a fully accessible route that you should reach your destination.
Hotels and Restaurants
Many of the more recent hotels and restaurants, chains and luxury establishments offer specialised facilities for visitors who’re disabled. Holidays for physically impaired travellers visiting London can be booked with our team at Can be achieved. We will identify the best London hotels to meet your particular needs and can recommend restaurants with appropriate facilities.
Shopping within London
Most of the city’s streets, particularly those in the actual centre, have lowered pavements which make travelling through the main shopping areas relatively simple. Famous shops you might want to visit, such as Hamleys, Freedom London, Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason, all offer degree access, wheelchair-accessible toilets and lifts. Westfield London is another wise decision for accessible shopping, but visit using the bus or Shepherd’s Rose bush Overground, as the Shepherd’s Bush Underground station involves stairs or even escalators.
Exploring a new city can be challenging, but remember there’s plenty to see and do in London that is obtainable to everyone. Take a bit of time before you travel to read the websites of any of the sights or shops you’re likely to visit – they will usually outline exactly which facilities are available for people with disabilities to make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. For further adviceFree Content, feel free to get in touch to see how my team and I will make your trip to the capital a fantastic and useful experience.