Accessibility is a vital aspect of any city, and London has made remarkable strides in ensuring its attractions are inclusive and wheelchair-friendly. From intimate candlelit concerts to world-class attractions, the capital offers vibrant experiences for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here are 10 incredible wheelchair-friendly activities to experience in London as we roll into summer!
1. Grab a pint at The Old Brewery
Located in Greenwich’s UNESCO-designated maritime district, The Old Brewery is a wheelchair-accessible pub with a cosy atmosphere and a wide selection of craft beers and spirits to toast to. The pub has ample room for wheelchair users to manoeuvre, step-free access, an accessible toilet, and friendly staff happy to assist with any accessibility needs.
2. Experience music in a new light at a Candlelight Concert
Are you ready to experience music in a new light? Look no further than the renowned concert series, Candlelight, which offers stunning candlelit concerts in some of London’s most wheelchair-friendly venues. Whether you’re a fan of movie composers or contemporary artists, you can enjoy your favourite music performed by classically trained musicians. Plus, if you require assistance throughout the experience, you can apply for a free pass for your carer. Simply purchase your ticket, and then email Candlelight with proof of disability.
3. Explore contemporary art at Tate Modern
Looking to explore contemporary art? A visit to Tate Modern is one of the most wheelchair-friendly activities in London. The gallery features a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Warhol, and Rodin. Tate Modern is wheelchair friendly with ramps, motion-activated doors, and lifts to reach each gallery room. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available, and reservations are free.
4. Enjoy a delicious brunch at Where The Pancakes Are
Located in the trendy borough of Southwark, Where The Pancakes Are is a popular spot for brunch lovers. The pancake shop offers a variety of delicious sweet and savoury flapjacks, and it’s wheelchair friendly with spacious interiors and an accessible toilet. Just keep in mind that the Southwark Bridge Road entrance has a slight slope, while the Flat Iron Square entrance is incline-free.
5. Immerse yourself in other cultures at The British Museum
World-famous museum, The British Museum is home to a vast collection of art and artefacts from around the world, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. The museum is wheelchair accessible with ramps, lifts, and accessible toilets, and also offers free wheelchair hire for visitors. So if you’re looking for a fun day out, why not make your way to the British Museum?
6. Get wild at the ZSL London Zoo
Fancy getting wild? The London Zoo is one of the most wheelchair-friendly activities in London you can’t miss! Get up close and personal with incredible animals from all over the world. The majority of the zoo is wheelchair accessible with a step-free entrance and designated parking spaces, paved pathways and animal exhibits designed with those with limited mobility in mind. You may borrow wheelchairs and scooters for a £25 deposit that they’ll return at the end of your visit.
7. Explore Hyde Park
One of London’s most iconic parks, Hyde Park offers a stunning and accessible outdoor space for wheelchair users to enjoy. The park has wide, paved wheelchair-friendly pathways, as well as accessible toilets and cafes. Those with limited mobility may enjoy a free Liberty Rides buggy tour around the park.
8. Transport yourself to Paris at Brasserie Zédel
Brasserie Zédel is a stunning Parisian-style restaurant that looks out of Amélie. The brasserie offers classic French cuisine in a glamorous setting. Known for its value for money, it offers mouthwatering French classics like duck confit and steak haché. It also has its own cocktail bar, Bar Americain, perfect for pre-dinner drinks. Zédel is wheelchair friendly, with two lifts in the building to access the brasserie and an accessible toilet.
9. Travel through space at The Fans Strike Back
The Fans Strike Back is an exciting exhibition that celebrates the magic of the Star Wars universe. It brings together fan merch, costumes, and artwork from the saga, so you get a glimpse into the galaxy far, far away. The Fans Strike Back is wheelchair accessible with step-free access, offering an immersive experience for all fans to enjoy.
10. See London’s skyline from The London Eye
There is no doubt that the London Eye is one of the most iconic ferris wheels in the world. The Eye offers an incomparable view of London’s skyline that just can’t be seen from a rooftop. The attraction is fully wheelchair accessible with step-free access, spacious capsules, and accessible toilets, making it a must-visit for those with limited mobility. For the best experience we recommend pre-booking a wheelchair slot in advance!