London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. It is a city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the city. London wheelchair access is very good. Many historical buildings have wheelchair access ramps or lifts installed. Curb cuts and sidewalks are generally very good. The sidewalks are well-maintained and you will not encounter much broken concrete.
Attractions and Opportunities
London wheelchair access buses in operation across 700 London bus routes. These buses are all fitted with low-level floors, wheelchair ramps and audiovisual announcers. Wheelchair users can travel free of charge on all Transport for London buses, and registered assistance dogs are also welcome on-board.
The London Underground network offers excellent accessible facilities and step-free access at many locations, although not all London Tube stations are fully accessible so make sure to check the Transport for London (TfL) journey planner to plan your disability travel.
More than 60 Tube stations offer step-free access for wheelchair users, with Tube-level platforms and manual boarding ramps. There are also tactile markings on many platform edges, contrast-colour station facilities for visually impaired travellers, audiovisual announcers and information points at most stations.
The Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines all have highly accessible Tube trains in service.
London trams are highly accessible with priority seating for disabled and elderly passengers, level access on the platform, wheelchair-accessible buttons and an emergency intercom system to contact the driver for assistance. Travel is free of charge for wheelchair users, and there are tactile markings along the platform edge for visually impaired visitors to London.
Take a ride in an iconic London black cab, which can be hailed at the side of the road or found at a designated taxi rank. All licensed taxis in London are wheelchair-accessible with many offering wheelchair ramps, an intermediate step and swivel seats, plus induction loops and an intercom system. London taxis are required by law to accept assistance dogs at no extra charge.