City Spotlight: London

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City Spotlight: London

Are you planning to get out there and try something new in London this Disabled Access Day? If so, you’re in for an action-packed day, as we have over 40 independent venues already signed up in the capital. With so much going on, there’s bound to be something to get you excited!

If you’re wondering how you can pack the most into your schedule, check out our London city guide for some suggestions.

Photograph of the outside of the Imperial War Museum

9-10.30am: Go back in time at the Imperial War Museum

Begin the day with a trip to the Imperial War Museum on Lambeth Road, which tells the stories of people whose lives have been shaped by war. The many exhibitions and displays shed light on the human impact of conflict, taking you through from World War One all the way up until the present day.

The Imperial War Museum are busy planning their activities for Disabled Access Day, so keep an eye on their event page as more details will appear soon.

Photograph of a gallery in the Tate

11am-12.30pm: Get Artsy at the Tate Modern

Fancy visiting a world famous gallery? Tate Modern is around a twenty-minute walk from the Imperial War Museum, or a short bus ride on the 45 from St George’s Cross Circus.

The iconic venue on London’s Southbank is home to the UK’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art and is an absolute must-see. The gallery features work from loads of big names such as Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Warhol, but you might also discover your favourite new up-and-coming artist.

On Disabled Access Day, there will be an opportunity to learn from the experts about the art work on display. Free tea and coffee will also be available in their welcome room where you can join a welcome tour between 11am and 4pm. 

Find out more information about Tate Modern’s tours on their event page.

Photograph of market stalls at Borough Market

12.30-2pm: Give your taste buds a treat at Borough Market

Feeling a bit peckish? Borough Market is only a 15 minute walk or short taxi ride from Tate Modern, and has all the British and international produce you could dream of, as well as an eclectic mix of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from.

If you’re wanting a challenge, how about trying out a blindfolded tasting session with regular demo chef Celia Brooks? The demonstration will be showing visitors how the taste of market ingredients is altered when you can’t rely on your sight – how many tasty foods do you think you’ll be able to identify?

If all this delicious food is inspiring you to get better in the kitchen, Borough Market will also be hosting a BSL signed cookery demonstration with Masterchef finalist Tony Rudd, who will be showcasing a winning menu.

Find out more about Borough Market’s plans for the day by visiting their event page.

Photographs of a Thames Clipper cruising on the Thames

2.30-3.30pm: Cruise down the river on a Thames Clipper

After a busy morning, how about recharging your batteries on a relaxing cruise down the river Thames? Boats depart from the Bankside Pier, a ten-minute stroll from Borough Market, as well as a number of other piers along the Thames.

For Disabled Access Day, MBNA Thames Clippers will be offering 50% off River Roamers, so you can experience the sights of London from the river at a bargain price. Find out more on their event page about how you can claim this brilliant offer.

Photograph of the Changing of the Guards with a Disabled Access Day arrow

4.00-5.00pm: The Household Cavalry Museum

If you get off the boat at Embankment Pier, the Household Cavalry Museum is a short walk up Richmond Terrace and past Downing Street. Once you get off the boat you’ll get a great view of the London eye and Big Ben so get your camera ready!

The Household Cavalry Museum gives visitors an exclusive behind the scenes look at the work of The Queen's Mounted Bodyguard. The Household Cavalry have protected successive kings and queens for nearly 350 years, and over that time have accumulated a fascinating collection of rare and unique items.

The Museum are excited to be involved in the day, and currently busy finalising their plans, so check their event page closer to the time for more details.

Photograph of a Strada restaurant sign

6-7pm: Get a delicious free dessert at Strada

If all that sightseeing has built up your appetite, head over to Strada at the Southbank Centre. The Italian Restaurant are offering a free dessert with a main course purchase at selected restaurants – yum! Make sure that you sign up to our newsletter to claim this offer.

Photograph of the outside of the Playhouse Theatre

7.30pm: Catch a show at The Playhouse

Fancy finishing off the day with a play? The Playhouse Theatre have teamed up with the Guide Dog association to mark Disabled Access Day. On Friday 11th, the association will be doing a workshop with front of house staff on greeting visually impaired individuals. Then, on Disabled Access Day, the theatre will have assistance dogs doing bucket collections at both their matinee and evening performances.

So how about heading along and catching the evening performance of ‘The End of Longing’, written by and starring Mathew Perry? You’ll also have the chance to meet the assistance dogs, donate, and ask questions about the association.

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It’s hard to believe that these are only a few of the fab events and offers going on in London on Disabled Access Day. Whether you want to catch a film at the cinema, tour a historic building or attend the theatre, we’re sure there will be an event going on which interests you! To find out what else is going on in the capital, check out our London Pinterest board, or browse our official ‘what’s on’ guide for the full Disabled Access Day line-up.