Accessible Holidays: London
There really is nothing quite like a trip to the country’s capital. London is an exciting city full of diversity, hustle and bustle and plenty of things to see and do. In a city steeped in history, there are hundreds of attractions to keep you busy on your holiday, and no matter what it is that takes your fancy there really is something for everyone. London prides itself as being one of the most wheelchair friendly cities in not only the UK, but in Europe too and so you can rest assured that your holiday there will be a happy one. London can be a pretty busy place, so it’s recommended you travel with a friend – someone to help you battle the crowds. Here are just a few wheelchair friendly suggestions to help make your trip to the Capital run smoothly.
Whether you’re coming by plane, train or car, you may be happy to hear that you no longer have to bring your wheelchair with you, as there are a number of companies who offer wheelchair hire in the city. You can arrange for the wheelchair to be delivered to you at your chosen location, and you can even have it delivered to you at the airport, making things just so much simpler.
Taxi Services and Getting Around
It is estimated that London is home to 25,000 licensed cabs and a further 67,000 private hire taxis and there are plenty of wheelchair accessible taxis too, so you’ll never be short of ways to get around. If however, you would rather take the city at your own pace, then why not get in contact with Cab Direct, a company who specialise in the leasing of mobility friendly vehicles, giving you the opportunity to plan your own route around London.
Whatever your budget, there are thousands of hotels to choose from that have wheelchair friendly accommodation to suit your needs. Whether you fancy a lavish weekend away in the Park Plaza Victoria London or a night or two in a simple guesthouse, you will be spoilt for choice.
Things to Do
London is a true tourist city and from museums to zoos to the Buckingham palace, there is no shortage of incredible attractions for you to fill your time with. Whether you’re a history fanatic, an art geek or simply are in need of a little culture, there are just so many things to see and do and the good news is, there are plenty of free things to do too, meaning there is something to suit every budget. Here are just a few ideas to give you some inspiration:
- 1. City Cruise Boat
There are a huge amount of boat tours of the city, and there is no more relaxing way than to see London from the water. Tours depart approximately every 30 minutes, offering trips with some of the best views of a number of popular tourist sites, you can even have afternoon tea or a delicious evening meal on board whilst taking in the city of London. A number of the cruise operators even offer a discount for wheelchair users and those traveling with them.
- 2. Natural History Museum
One of the best things about London’s museums, is that so many of them are absolutely free to get in. The Natural History Museum is a fantastic building full of truly awe inspiring exhibitions of the natural world, which are suitable for all ages. The museum boasts wheelchair access as well as audio descriptive glasses and a British Sign Language guide.
- 3. London Zoo
Situated in Regents Park, at London Zoo you can see an impressive collection of animals from all over the world, and is home to tigers, zebras and even otters. If you fancy getting a little closer to nature in the middle of London, then London Zoo is the perfect place to spend an afternoon and is wheelchair friendly throughout.
We hope this little guide will help make your trip to London a little bit easier, as you can see there are plenty of wheelchair friendly options to make your holiday something special to remember forever.