London: a “cool” and accessible city

Are you thinking to spend the New Year’s Eve or one of the upcoming long weekends abroad, maybe in a European capital city? If you haven’t been there yet (but even if you want to get back there!), what about to pop over London, before you need a passport again to visit it, once Brexit will enter into force?

London - The Big Ben

The Big Ben

After all, there’s plenty of reasons to do that: should you be keen on music or arts, or interested in soccer, or in cultural tourism, or, again, you simply love shopping, London is the right place for you! The English capital city has a wide range of opportunities, attractions, itineraries, for all tastes, all ages and all budgets (even though it’s still one of the most expensive cities in the world). And, not a bad thing indeed, it’s increasingly accessible also for who has a reduced mobility.

London - Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

London - Harrods

Harrods

Attention to all travellers’ needs is clear from when you get at the most important airports and railway stations of the city, all equipped with ramps, elevators, bathrooms and areas reserved to disabled travellers. But even when we consider the city public transport -luckily- things are essentially the same. All the subway stations have entrances reserved to travellers on a wheelchair, many are even totally stairs-free (for instance, Kings Cross, Wembley Park, London Bridge). Also the legendary double-decker buses are equipped to host wheelchairs (that can hop on thanks to the ramps) and, in the overwhelming majority, have lowered access platforms for people with motoric issues. There’s an increasing number of subway stations equipped with tactile paths and stops, ticket offices, buses and cabs equipped with magnetic induction audio systems, for deaf people. Even the legendary cabs are equipped to host passengers on a wheelchair. Furthermore, there’s a very well curated website, where you can find constantly updated info about the accessibility of the city transport network, not just as regards the disabled people needs, but also for pregnant women or little children.

London - Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud

And what about touristic attractions? Even in this case, you’re spoilt for choice among so many accessible solutions: Buckingham Palace, the London Tower, the London Eye, the Aquarium, the Tate Modern Gallery, Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, and the list goes on. Do you want to play it safe and get rid of all doubts about the accessibility of the attractions you’re more interested in? If your English is quite good, on this website (and on the app) you’ll find detailed info about the accessibility of a lot of touristic attractions, hotels, museum, restaurants, shops, parks, etc. You’ll also have the chance to create your customized itinerary, searching for the destinations that fit best for your specific disability or need.

So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy your trip!

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