7 Accessible Attractions in LondonBy Carolina Vergara Miranda -
I’ve been living in London for almost two years now but I wasn’t born here. This means that I’m always getting visits from friends who travel to London on their holidays. Obviously, I’m asked to show them the city or at least tell them where is well worth a visit.
I love to help them out. It’s a great opportunity to show them my favourite places in the beautiful city where I’ve been living all this time.
I even have a favourite itinerary that starts in the morning with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and finishes in the evening at the Tower of London. However, this means walking the whole day which is sadly something that I can’t do at the moment as the joints in my legs have deteriorated.
But my Avascular necrosis (AVN) will not take away the pleasure I get from being a travel guide from time to time for my friends. So, I’ve been looking for places that I can still show my friends without applying excess pressure on my joints on the streets of London by walking miles or by trying to climb lots of stairs.
Here is my list of seven unmissable and accessible places in London for you to try out for yourself:
1. Buckingham Palace
Everyday from April through until July and on alternate days from August to March you can see the Changing of the Guard at 11.30. Here, the British Army will show you why this ceremony is famous worldwide. If you come early, I recommend that you find a spot at the Queen Victoria Memorial where you can find a place to sit. Once there, you can walk through St. James’ Park where you can enjoy the wonderful nature. Pelicans are beautiful!
2. The National Gallery
If you are an art lover but you don’t have much time, this is my recommendation. Botticelli, Raphael, Van Gogh, Goya and an endless list of the most iconic artists throughout history are on display here – a real gem of a museum in the heart of London. Plus, it’s totally friendly for visitors with mobility requirements and for those with hearing and sight impairments.
3. Abbey Road
Who doesn’t like The Beatles? Right! So everybody will enjoy pretending to be John, Ringo, George or Paul on the cover of their iconic album Abbey Road. Down the same street, you get to see the world most famous recording studio where they created countless hits that the world will never forget. You can't get inside but next to the studio there is a store full of memorabilia where you can buy anything from a pencil to a vinyl to always remember your special day.
4. London Eye From this giant Ferris wheel you’ll be able to admire London from the heights. Get ready to feel as though you’re flying over the Thames when in fact you’re sitting comfortably inside one of the 32 capsules available. There is no best time to have a go on the wheel in my opinion because each time of day gives a different kind of magic to the view. The London Eye provides the necessary assistance for disabled guests – they allow for a carer to join free of charge, boarding ramps, facilities for people with hearing and visual impairments as well as allowing assistance dogs on board, which is a big plus. To avoid the queues it’s best to book in advance.
5. Piccadilly Circus
This famous square is something that you have to see. Eros in the middle, huge advertising boards, and hundreds of tourists make you feel like you are at the buzzing centre of the city. There are all sorts of places to see around here: Oxford Street, Regent Street, China Town, Soho, Leicester Square and many more. I recommend M&M’s World. Connected by a lift, enjoy four floors of chocolatey goodness. M&Ms in their multiple costumes are waiting to strike a pose with you.
6. Little Venice
Get transported to Italy and enjoy the beauty of its canals and colourful boats. Pop in to a waterside café or just enjoy the view. Not one of the most famous attractions, but I promise you won’t regret.
7. Tower Bridge and the Tower of London
The best for last. This is definitely my favourite place in London. What’s great is that you don't need to walk a lot to enjoy it. You can just sit on a bench and admire the magic of both, the bridge and the tower, at once. The history behind its walls is unbelievable. When I look at it it’s like I can still see Anna Boleyn walking through its hallways. It is just such a magical and intriguing place.
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