10 accessible date ideas in London for Valentine's weekend
9 February 2016
It can't have escaped your notice — this Sunday is Valentine's Day!
We got to thinking about what were the best accessible date ideas in London.
So, here are 10 accessible date recommendations for this weekend.
1. The London Eye
The London Eye is one of the most stunning and romantic ways to see some of the capital's incredible views.
The attraction is fully accessible and you can take a carer free of charge. They also provide T-Loop in their ticket hall for people with hearing impairments and guides for visually impaired people.
You can find full details of accessibility on the London Eye website.
2. National Portrait Gallery — Late Shift
At weekends the National Portrait Gallery opens its doors until 9.00pm for late night exhibitions, performances, music and a bar.
This Friday's event has a Valentine's theme, so promises to be a really fun, romantic night out.
The gallery is fully accessible and the National Portrait Gallery's website contains all their accessibility information.
3. The Emirates Airline
‘Fly’ above the Thames this weekend with a brand new Valentine's experience on London's only cable car.
See views of the O2, Canary Wharf and much more, while enjoying champagne and chocolates.
The airline has lifts and is accessible for most people. There are staff on hand if you need further assistance.
4. The Thames Clipper
Once you get to the O2, perhaps on the Emirates Airline (you can get a joint ticket for both), you could get a Thames Clipper right along the Thames and enjoy the sights of London from the river!
With boats going from Woolwich through to Putney (with a change) you can easily see lots of London on one of the most exciting forms of transport.
All the boats are accessible by ramp, and guide dogs are welcome free of charge. There is also audible and visual information available.
5. London Zoo
London Zoo is one of London's oldest attractions. With a wealth of animals and animal experts, you're sure to have a fun day out.
The zoo is more than 170 years old but most of the zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties.
However, assistance dogs are currently not permitted because of the animals in the zoo.
They have full accessibility information on the London Zoo website, including a video on their accessibility features.
6. Pizza Express
Pizza Express has always been a fun place to go for a nice pizza, and this weekend they've got an exta-special Valentine's menu!
But what sets them apart is they offer menus in both Braille and large print, and also welcome assistance dogs. It's probably best to check with the branch you choose to make sure they are wheelchair accessible though.
7. The View from The Shard
The Shard is the tallest building in the EU and offers spectacular views across London.
You can enjoy the views with a glass of champagne in hand, or indeed visit one of the Shard's bars and restaurants.
There are concessionary rates for disabled guests (and any accompanying carers). And all staff receive disability awareness training.
8. The V&A Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world's best museums about art and design.
They house collections about design patterns, drawing, fashions and furniture, so there's something interesting to see for various tastes.
All V&A events are accessible to disabled people, including BSL interpretation. Though it's best to let them know in advance if you're planning to attend.
9. Kew Gardens
There are few places that are better for a romantic day out than Kew Gardens. There are so many beautiful plants, gardens and things to see, you'll probably want to go back again and again!
Registered blind people and carers get free entry to Kew and people with a disability get a concession on their ticket.
10. The British Museum
The British Museum hosts historical artefacts from prehistoric times up to the modern day. Covering ancient Egypt, Asia, Greece, Rome, Britain and much more!
The museum has detailed information about the accessibility options it has for visually impaired, hearing impaired, as well as for people with learning and physical disabilities.
We know not everyone's a Londoner...
We know not all of you live in London or can make it down for a visit, so please do let us know in the comments of great accessible dates near you.