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Some of London is very accessible, while other parts can be a nightmare for visitors with disabilities. This guide covers my favourite places that are easy to access, along with tips on getting around to make the most of a trip to London.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Hyde Park

Parks

South Bank

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Theatres

Houses of Parliament

Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Science Museum

Science Museums

Noel Coward Theatre

Theatres

The All England Lawn Tennis Club

Sports Complexes, Arenas & Stadiums

Bugis Street at Copthorne Tara Hotel

Restaurants

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurants

ICE BAR London

Restaurants

The Foundation Bar

Bars & Clubs

CarrieAnnLightley's City Tips

  • Like most cities, London can be very good value or very expensive. Shop around, check out the back streets and explore before deciding where to eat or drink.
  • London's cabs are accessible, with features including ramps, swivel seats, grab bars, hearing loops, and the possibility to travel with assistance dogs. You can even take a black taxi tour!
  • London's buses are free for wheelchair users, which is great for those on a budget. They have ramps, wheelchair spaces, priority seating, and audiovisual information.
  • Hyde Park
    Parks
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Hyde Park has everything: from events and concerts, to memorials, to sports, to self-guided walks. Visitors can take in public speeches at Speakers Corner, swim in the Serpentine Lido or simply relax and enjoy the nature and wildlife. The park is step-free, with accessible parking and toilets, and lots of seating and refreshment areas.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a scheme called Liberty Drives, which helps people with mobility impairments to enjoy the park. It features a buggy that can carry at least four people!
    • Hyde Park Senior Playground has six pieces of accessible exercise equipment designed to help older people improve core strength, flexibility and balance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 2,236 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyable 08/12/2019
    • Leisure 06/12/2019
    • Hyde Park
    Phone:
    +44 300 061 2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • South Bank
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Theatres
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    South Bank has smooth walkways, ramps, benches and many attractions offering great facilities and services for disabled visitors. These include the London Eye and River Cruise, the Sea Life London Aquarium, the London Dungeon, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre. Alternately, South Bank is a great place to people watch and enjoy the many street performers.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Visit London website has an Accessible London Maps section, which can help with getting to and navigating around South Bank.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 2,236 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit to the Christmas Market 08/12/2019
    • Christmas feeling 30/11/2019
    • South Bank
    Address:
    Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge
    south to St George's Circus
    London SE1
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7202 6918
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Houses of Parliament
    Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The self-guided audio tour offers a fascinating insight into the history and traditions that make up Parliament, while giving you a glimpse of the beautiful art and architecture inside. The tour starts in 900-year-old Westminster Hall, and assistants can escort visitors with disabilities from Westminster Hall to Central Lobby, which is particularly interesting, as the accessible route takes you to areas that other visitors don’t usually get to see. The sheer size of the Palace of Westminster is amazing, and following the same route as the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament is pretty special.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • An accessible public toilet, including a changing bench and a hoist, can be found in Lower Waiting Hall, just off Central Lobby.
    • Visit the Houses of Parliament Shop, where you can buy everything from books, to cufflinks, to wine. There is also a cafe serving yummy treats!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 2,236 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 08/12/2019
    • Fascinatinh 08/12/2019
    • Houses of Parliament
    Address:
    Parliament Square
    London SW1A 0AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7219 4114
    Other:
  • Science Museum
    Science Museums
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The Science Museum is full of fun, interactive, experiences and has interesting exhibitions for all ages, each accessible to the widest range of visitors possible. Think full wheelchair accessibility, a large print accessibility map, Braille resources, events for deaf audiences and audio described events for partially sighted or blind visitors!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Entry is free for all visitors.
    • A limited number of adult and child wheelchairs are available and may either be booked in advance or borrowed on the day of your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #325 of 2,236 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Harrisons H5 (Only Fools & Horses) Watch 07/12/2019
    • great museum, lots to see and do 07/12/2019
    • Science Museum
    Address:
    Exhibition Road
    South Kensington
    London SW7 2DD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7942 4000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Noel Coward Theatre
    Theatres
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The Noel Coward is a grand, traditional London theatre. Wheelchair users have the advantage of private box seating at a special access price (subject to availability), seating one wheelchair user and one companion. The theatre staff are cheerful, friendly and helpful.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Accessible facilities include a ramp, headsets for those with hearing impairments, wheelchair and mobility scooter storage and accessible toilets.
    • The theatre has three bars, which are all accessed via stairs. Staff can bring drinks to customers with access requirements.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 2,236 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Venue 03/12/2019
    • amazing 27/11/2019
    • Noel Coward Theatre
    Address:
    85-88 St. Martin's Lane
    London WC2N 4AU
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7759 8010
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • The All England Lawn Tennis Club
    Sports Complexes, Arenas & Stadiums
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club issues an easy access guide to Wimbledon with the purchase of wheelchair tickets. It's very comprehensive, and contains all the information that a disabled spectator needs to visit the Wimbledon Championships. The grounds themselves are completely flat, with a smooth tarmac surface, ideal for wheelchairs. Each wheelchair ticket comes with a complimentary companion ticket and a wheelchair space and reserved seat. There is ample room in the wheelchair space, even for a large mobility scooter. Our space at court 2 had a fabulous view, and a good patch of sunshine!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are accessible toilets near every court, as well as food outlets which are either level with the ground or ramped.
    • If you are after souvenirs, there are several gift shops and stalls, the largest being near court 1, which is more spacious and more accessible than the rest.
    • If you are not fortunate enough to catch a game at Wimbledon, the museum and tour is offered all year round.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 2,236 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A unique experience. 30/11/2019
    • WIMBLEDON - AN ENGLISH TREASURE 06/11/2019
    • The All England Lawn Tennis Club
    Address:
    Church Road
    Wimbledon
    London SW19 5AE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8946 2244
    Other:
  • Bugis Street at Copthorne Tara Hotel
    Restaurants (Asian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Chinese)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Bugis offers authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine, just around the corner from Kensington High Street. It's located within the Copthorne Tara hotel, which was one of the first hotels in London to have wheelchair accessible bedrooms. Restaurant staff are attentive and helpful – nothing is too much trouble.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I've eaten here many times over the last 10 years, and my favourite dish has to be the Nasi goring – spicy fried rice with chicken, shrimps, vegetables and fried egg on top.
    • Save room for dessert – everyone should try chocolate spring rolls with raspberry dipping sauce once in their life!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3,546 of 19,789 restaurants in London
    • Fantastic meal 23/11/2019
    • Located within hotel so convenient, 28/10/2019
    • Bugis Street at Copthorne Tara Hotel
    Address:
    2 Scarsdale Place
    Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7872 2888
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Hard Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar, British, Central American)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    London is the home of the original Hard Rock Cafe on swanky Old Park Lane. Dine and drink here for attentive service, a buzzing atmosphere, American-style comfort food and delicious cocktails.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It is worth calling ahead to be added to the priority list for diners with access requirements – otherwise you could be up for a very long wait!
    • Hard Rock Cafe London has an accessible toilet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,048 of 19,789 restaurants in London
    • Fab!!! 08/12/2019
    • Great Service and fun 07/12/2019
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    Address:
    150 Old Park Lane
    London W1K 1QZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7514 1700
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$62
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 00:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • ICE BAR London
    Restaurants
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    When I visited Icebar London, as someone who feels the cold easily, I wasn't sure what to expect. I need not have worried, as a specially designed thermal cape fit over my wheelchair, which coupled with wickedly strong cocktails served in ice glasses. Kept me nice and toasty!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The floor is made of non-slip metal, so it easy for those with mobility issues to walk or wheel over.
    • Don't forget to take photos!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,687 of 19,789 restaurants in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Opening our friends eyes 08/12/2019
    • Brilliant 08/12/2019
    • ICE BAR London
    Address:
    31-33 Heddon Street
    London W1B 4BN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7478 8910
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 - 21:30
    Mon
    14:45 - 21:30
    Tue - Thu
    14:00 - 22:15
    Fri
    14:00 - 23:45
    Sat
    11:00 - 00:30
    Other:
  • The Foundation Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    A funky atmosphere, imaginative decor, good music and quirky cocktails are all in the offering at Foundation Bar. As the name suggests, it's at basement level, and there's a platform lift along with helpful bouncers to assist those who need it. A spacious accessible toilet is available, and staff are happy to part the crowds on busy nights.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The happy hour includes a great deal on drinks and platters, every day 5:30-7pm.
    • Tables, private parties and queue jumps can be booked in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 1,280 Nightlife in London
    • Not the best experience 02/11/2019
    • ...and now relaunched at Bar Langley! 17/10/2019
    • The Foundation Bar
    Address:
    5 Langley Street
    London WC2H 9JA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7836 5005
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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