London, the capital city of the United Kingdom and the seat of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s throne, is one of the world’s top vacation destinations for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. This guide has been a long time coming, in large part due to the immense size of the city and the incredible history that envelops it. I have visited London more times than I can count, and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you through this accessible travel guide.

The British capital is an old city, with a history dating back to Roman times. Its metropolitan transit system, the London Underground (more colloquially, the “tube”), traces its history to 1863. With the city being a patchwork quilt of development across the centuries and decades, understanding the nature of accessibility in London can be a challenge. Fortunately, the British people have done a masterful job updating their historic treasure of a city to welcome visitors of all abilities. With this travel guide, you’ll be prepared to explore and experience all that London has to offer from the seat of your wheelchair!

For travelers looking to visit one of London’s West End theatres, visit SeatPlan to find detailed accessibility information and direct contact details for each venue’s access teams.

Guide Contents

Wheelchair assistance at London airports.

Airport Accessibility

London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports connect the city to the world.

Wheelchair accessible attractions in London.

Attractions & Sights

Historic buildings, royal palaces, world-class museums, public parks… London offers something for everyone.

Wheelchair accessible hotels in London.

Hotels & Accommodations

Hotels in London reliably offer handicap accessible guest rooms with roll-in showers.

Wheelchair accessible public transport in London.

Public Transportation

Wheelchair users can use city buses in conjunction with portions of the London Underground.

Wheelchair taxis in London.

Wheelchair Taxis

100% of London’s black cabs offer wheelchair access via a ramp & can be hailed on demand.

Wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks in London.

Sidewalk Accessibility

London’s sidewalks are some of the most wheelchair-friendly in all of Europe.

Travel visa requirements for visitors to the United Kingdom.

Visa Requirements & Safety

With departure from the European Union imminent, stay up to date with the latest travel visa requirements.