If you’re planning a trip to London, there’s loads to think about to ensure your trip is as stress-free as possible. But if you’re a wheelchair user or travelling with someone who is, finding the perfect base can feel a little overwhelming. However, there are some great hotels in the city that are kitted out with wheelchair users very much in mind. Here’s our list of hotels in London that are wheelchair accessible to help make your trip that little bit easier.
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(WA = Wheelchair Accessible)
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The Londoner is easily one of the best hotels in London that is wheelchair accessible, located around the corner from the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, the bloodline of London’s West End. This luxurious five-star hotel excels in design-led accessible features, complete with 18 en-suite bedrooms, communal accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility. The thoughtfully designed accessible bedrooms come with carefully positioned switches and hooks reachable by wheelchair users. There are also ceiling-track-hoists in two rooms to help with wheelchair transfers. The en-suites have supportive grab rails that are removable, emergency push buttons, and adjustable wall-mounted shower seats. There’s also an award-winning Japanese izakaya-style bar, 8 at The Londoner, with an accessible toilet.
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Ibis London City
A stay in the buzzy East End is never a bad idea, especially in Shoreditch, where some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and independent shops are. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that’s wheelchair-friendly, Ibis London City has you covered. It’s located just moments from the bustling Brick Lane Market. This East End hotel has 19 accessible rooms suitable for those bringing registered assistance dogs. Every room is kitted out for a comfortable stay, including emergency alarms, grab rails and a roll-in shower with a shower chair. If you’re travelling with an electric scooter, the hotel also provides charging for these and access to the hotel’s bar, aptly called BAR, where you can enjoy local beers and Italian roast coffee.
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This luxurious five-star hotel is located only moments from Buckingham Palace and close to many of London’s most famous landmarks – it’s a top choice for classic sightseeing. There are various rooms to choose from at The Guardsman, including six adapted rooms equipped with lower switches, bathrooms with roll-in showers and grab bars, hard flooring and plenty of space to move around. There are also two lifts throughout the hotel for getting around. If you base yourself here, make sure you book a visit to Buckingham Palace – step-free access is possible but must be pre-booked via the contact details on their website. Plus, there are free access companion tickets for all visits. However, it’s worth noting that it’s not open all year, so double-check your dates if this is at the top of your itinerary.
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Pan Pacific is a modern, luxurious hotel located moments from Liverpool Street Station with convenient access to the centre of the city. There are over 200 bedrooms and suites, some of which have been adapted so wheelchair users can have a stress-free, more comfortable stay. Twenty-four rooms have been adapted with space for wheelchairs, and 12 of them are equipped with alarm pull-cords, lowered toilets, roll-in showers and handrails. As for facilities, an 18.5m on-site infinity pool boasts epic views over Bishopsgate Plaza and beyond; it has a pool hoist for assistance with getting in and out of the water. There are also lifts that can take you to the hotel’s spa, Sensory Wellbeing, where you can indulge in various relaxing treatments.
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Aloft London ExCel
Aloft London ExCel is another top choice for wheelchair users, especially if you want to be based in East London. Although this hotel isn’t located right in the hustle and bustle of London, it’s right near Prince Regent DLR station, which is highly accessible for wheelchair users and offers easy access into many other parts of the city. Their accessible hotel rooms feature high ceilings and large windows so you can enjoy views of the neighbouring Victoria Royal Docks and Canary Wharf skyline. The rooms are spacious and clutter-free, with wheelchair-accessible doors, lowered heating controls, lower coat hangers, and lower closet hanging bars. The bathrooms have large showers with adjustable shower heads and non-slip grab rails; some rooms also have a roll-in shower stall. There’s a toilet that’s been raised to fit the height of a wheelchair, which also comes with non-slip grab bars. The hotel has plenty of on-site amenities if you want to make the most of the facilities, such as Docksider, a restaurant serving seasonal dishes, and an indoor accessible pool.
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At One Aldwych, several steps have been taken to ensure the hotel is accessible to all. Three superior rooms are kitted out to be wheelchair-friendly, all with wider doorways for easier accessibility. The bathrooms in these rooms have luxurious roll-in rain showers with grab rails, a raised toilet, and a low sink. It’s not just the rooms that are accessible, though; the restaurant, Indigo, has wheelchair access so you can enjoy their range of delicious British dishes crafted by Head chef Dominic Teague. A stay here will base you right by the banks of the Thames, with sweeping riverside views.
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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel is a great choice of accommodation for those who want to stay right by one of London’s most iconic historical buildings – The Tower of London, whilst keeping accessibility in mind. They have a range of accessible double rooms adapted for wheelchair users, each with automated doors. The rooms are on one level and have specially designed wet room showers fitted with pull cord alarms, shower seats, handrails and hard flooring. The hotel itself is decked out with lifts and ramps throughout, as well as having easy access to disabled parking and the option to have a taxi drop you right outside the front of the hotel.
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Last on our list of hotels in London that are wheelchair accessible is Novotel London Greenwich Hotel, located in the leafy borough of Greenwich. It’s a great choice if you’re a wheelchair user or travelling with someone who is, as there are lifts throughout and eight comfortable, specially designed wheelchair-friendly rooms with accessible facilities. The en-suite bathroom includes an adjustable shower, a low-level bath and mounted grab rails. You can bring along your registered assistance dogs along with you, and there’s also an adjoining room for carers to stay in. Check out all the awesome museums in Greenwich if you do stay here – The National Maritime Museum is wheelchair accessible, including the cafés, gift shops and some of the toilets. There’s also The Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time, which is when is the yearly average of the time each day when the Sun crosses the Prime Meridian at the observatory. This is a must-visit for those interested in astronomy and time; the museum houses an incredible collection of old clocks.