Making The Most Of London By Wheelchair

London may not seem the most disability friendly city you can visit. With teeming crowds funneling down narrow, winding, unplanned streets and countless steps to climb at many Tube stations, the prospect of navigating the city by wheelchair is quite frankly a daunting one for many visitors. However the city has done a lot through the years to accommodate mobility impaired tourists, and anyone travelling here now can still see and do so much that is part of ordinary daily London life for so many of us.

Getting Around

Take a look at the Tube map to see which stations on the line are accessible for wheelchair users. Some may have difficult steps to contend with, but with a little foresight anyone in a wheelchair can plan their journey in advance to avoid the hassle. Of course taking the Tube is not the only option. Wheelchair accessible buses are ideal, offering dedicated space for wheelchairs as well as wheelchair ramps. Accessible buses connect the major tourist hotspots throughout the city too, making it an ideal option if you’re off for a day’s sightseeing. If you want more control and have your own space, then taxis are easy to hail all over the city. Licensed black cabs are generally accessible too, with dedicated accessibility vehicles available.

Where To Go

All the major sights worth their salt cater for anyone visiting in a wheelchair. At the British Museum you can use the wheelchair lift at the main entrance of the south side of the building on Great Russell Street. The London Eye is wheelchair friendly too, and offers some incredible views of the city. But if you want some distinctive experiences that you can really enjoy from your chair then you might want to consider taking a boat tour along the Thames. You don’t have to walk along the river to get great views; you simply get on board and enjoy the serene, tranquil ride. It’s especially beautiful in the sunset. You can even get off at Millennium Bridge and cross it to marvel at St Paul’s Cathedral on the north side and the Tate Modern on the south – the bridge has lifts at both ends making it easy for wheelchair travellers to use. If you’re heading to the West End to see a play then you should check first whether or not the venue is accessible. London is a very special city, and anyone can enjoy it with enough planning ahead.

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  2. Amanda July 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

    London is a best for wheelchair travelers. Me and my son went there last year and it was fun, We had all the facilities, even wheelchair friendly cabs.


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