Accessible London - wheelchair-friendly things to see and do

A view of the Thames in London showing the London Eye and the houses of Parliament
Heading to London? The capital can seem daunting if you're unsteady on your feet, or use a wheelchair or scooter to get around. But there are lots of accessible places to see.

We’ve put together a selection of accessible attractions and restaurants ­ to help you get more from your trip.

They’re all on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or Jubilee line, with step free access from street to train at the nearest station. And they all make a real effort to be welcoming and accessible.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The impressive aquatics centre in the Olympic park

Gripped by Olympic fever? Dreaming of Rio? It might not have the same lure as Brazil, but you can get close to Olympic history by visiting Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

With iconic sporting venues, beautiful gardens, play areas and cafés, there’s something for everyone.

The Olympic Park was designed to be inclusive, with step free access, hard-standing surfaces, accessible toilets and plenty of Blue Badge parking.

Nearest station: Stratford (DLR)

London Eye

Photo shows a pod on the London Eye

If you have a head for heights, a trip on the London Eye is a fantastic way to see London’s landmarks.

There’s step free access into the capsules, which can accommodate mobility scooters and will slow down to let you on.

The London Eye is on the South Bank of the Thames, which was made more wheelchair friendly in the run up to London 2012. So you can stroll or roll along and see other accessible sights, including Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Nearest station: Waterloo (Jubilee)

Cutty Sark

Photo of the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich

A must-see for history buffs, Cutty Sark is the world’s only surviving tea clipper.

The handsome ship is housed in a dry dock, allowing you to walk or roll underneath the copper hull and see the famous sea witch figurehead up close.

There’s lift access to all three decks (although, due to the size of the lift, mobility scooters aren’t allowed) and accessible toilets. On the top deck, there are steps up to the cabins, but there’s a virtual tour for visitors who can’t go up.

Nearest station: Cutty Sark (DLR)

Evening entertainment

Photo of the O2 arena

The South Bank has two fantastic theatres, the 1960s National Theatre and the (rebuilt) 1590s Globe. Both venues are wheelchair friendly, with step free access, wheelchair spaces and accessible toilets.

At the O2 (once known as the Millennium Dome), all the public spaces have been designed with wheelchairs in mind. There are accessible lifts, seating and toilets too.

Nearest station: Waterloo (Jubilee) for the National Theatre, London Bridge (Jubilee) for the Globe, North Greenwich (DLR) for the O2

For foodies

Photo shows the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf

During the week, Canary Wharf bustles with bankers, but at the weekend, it becomes a calm oasis. Perhaps surprisingly, you can find some great value, delicious eats amid the shining skyscrapers.

Leon prides itself on serving wholesome fast food, such as Vietnamese chicken rice noodle salads and kofte kebab wraps. Wahaca offers small plates of Mexican food bursting with flavour, while Canteen serves British classics created from quality ingredients.

Nearest station: Canary Wharf (DLR)

For a special meal, the Oxo Tower on the South Bank is home to two great places to eat, both with impressive views – the relaxed Brasserie and more formal Restaurant. The focus is on modern British dishes, and carnivores, vegetarians and vegans are all catered for. With step free access, lifts and accessible toilets, there should be no barriers to dining at 250 feet.

Nearest station: Southwark (Jubilee)