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What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

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What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

My husband is disabled and uses a motorized scooter to get around. We will be in London in June and would like to stay in a neighbourhood that he can manage(flat, sidewalks not too,too narrow - though we know old means narrow!) that will be close to the theatres and restaurants. I will be attending a conference in the Islington/Angel area and would need to commute there from whatever neighbourhood we decide on. Any suggestions appreciated.

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1. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

You may find this site useful for hotel suggestions:

http://www.inclusivelondon.com/DefaultIL.aspx

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2. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

Thanks for this.

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3. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

Angel islington is on the Northern Line and the most 'central' tube station from there is Bank - but this is not really the most convenient place for your DH to be IMO, even though it makes a straight run on the tube for you....

Have looked at the bus map for Angel Islington for you, and that may be more helpful! (you can link to it here)

www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/…

Using Bus No's 38 or 19 you could stay near/at Picadilly Circus or Green Park

Using Bus No 34 (or 4 but 34 is more direct) you could stay near Aldwych. IMO this would be the best option as you could then make use of any of the Hotels on the Strand, or in Trafalgar Square or possibly even Covent those around Covent Garden - which is going to leave your DH in 'tourist central' while you are about your business.

Edited: 12 January 2013, 15:55
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4. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

London is quite accessible for disabled travellers, particularly the buses. The Tube could be a lot better, but there is plenty of information on TFL website.

Most areas have dropped kerbs and most venues like Museums, restaurants, theatres etc are accessible. If you plan to go to the theatre whilst in London many productions offer 'carer goes free' for those wih disabilities. You need to check on the relevant theatre website and call to ask.

Many exhibitions that charge admission will also let the carer go in FOC. Islington is very accessible to the City or the West End. There is a Hilton at the Angel and a Jury's if you want a hotel in that area.

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5. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

Where is your conference near the Angel? Mr fromottawa will have to rely on buses as very few stations have lift access from street level to the train platforms; Angel has the longest escalator on the Underground system but no lifts.

tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…islington-angel.pdf If you would like to rent a flat, consider Citadines St Marks, just off City Road very near stops UV and UW (for Central Street) here: tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…sadlers-wells.pdf

The PI in Islington and PI near Old Street station are both new since last summer and both offer rooms for disabled guests. They're nice hotels, the areas are well served by buses (your husband will travel for free) and certainly worth a look.

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6. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

Overseas disabled travellers do not in fact travel for free on London Transport.

Freedom Passes are only available to UK residents:

tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14305.aspx#tkt-tab-panel-4

Buses are better than the tube for getting around 'for sure' and the information you need about accessable travel is here:

tfl.gov.uk/corporate/…23421.aspx

tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…default.aspx

Be aware that only certain types of mobility scooter will fit onto the buses, I know that 'somewhere' there is a guide to let you know which ones are acceptable, and which are not. I can't find it at present, but perhaps you can??

To use National Rail services, you need to let them know in advance your time of travel, so they can be sure to have staff and ramps available to assist you.....

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7. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

EW, bus travel doesn't seem to be a matter of Freedom Pass holders only, although those who travel with a person in a wheelchair or scooter will have to have a Travelcard, use PAYG on Oyster or pay a fare: tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…1171.aspx

Here's the guide for approved (and not so much approved, of which there seem to be a great many) scooters: tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/tfl-guide-to-app…

Edited: 12 January 2013, 20:43
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8. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

AH, thanks TP - knew the info about the different 'allowed' scooters was out there somewhere but couldn't find it!

Suspect most Bus Drivers will use a degree of 'latitude' for them, but eventually there are going to be some that just don't fit!!

Didn't know that about free travel (can't you tell!!) to me that's a new one, but not a bad one!!

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9. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

That's great. Will look into hotels in those areas. Do you recommend Trafalgar Square or the Strand. I have read that Covent Garden does not have many hotels.

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10. Re: What neighbourhood in London is best for disbaled traveller?

There are quite a few Hotels around Trafalgar Square now so that may be worth a look.

ON Aldwych is the Waldorf Hilton, and nearby is the Strand Palace Hotel...

Depends on your Budget, really!