London is a bustling blend of many different cultures, and with that comes an incredible food scene; one of the best in the world, in fact. We’ve got everything from Michelin-starred hot spots to unassuming local restaurants. You don’t need to miss out if you’re in a wheelchair, as many places offer step-free or accessible access and dedicated accessible toilets to ensure your visit is as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Here’s our article to some of our favourite London restaurants that are wheelchair accessible.
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(WA = Wheelchair Accessible)
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Seven Dials Market
First on our list of London restaurants that are wheelchair accessible is Seven Dials Market, which is not just home to some of the city’s best street food but also hosts a bustling bar, events space and even a bookshop. Live DJs spin the freshest beats from Thursday to Saturday while various events unfold throughout the week. The food vendors change from time to time, but you can expect fare from renowned street food businesses like Kolkata, serving hot kati rolls and Bad Boy Pizza Society, which serves, you guessed it, banging pizzas. The whole place has full step-free access, including a lift and wheelchair-accessible toilets.
Seven Dials Market | Covent Garden | WA
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Sea Containers Restaurant
It’s all about delicious seasonal dishes at Sea Containers Restaurant, where food is served in a pared-back dining area with lovely river views. The ingredient-led menu offers a range of small and large plates that are best enjoyed shared. Expect wood oven flatbreads and whole sea bass served with brown butter and capers. The restaurant is suitable for those using a wheelchair as it’s based on the ground floor and has step-free access as well as an accessible toilet. When you’ve finished your meal, head to the hotel’s swish Lyaness Bar by multi-award-winning Ryan Chetiyawardana, AKA Mr Lyan; it boasts incredible views of the Thames and some of the best cocktails in the city.
Sea Containers | Waterloo | WA
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This trendy Shoreditch restaurant got everyone talking when it first opened, and that chatter never really stopped. At Lyle’s, there’s an extensive list of tasty dishes that change frequently based on the seasons, including things like rock oysters and Neal’s Yard cheeses. There’s even a dedicated vegetarian menu and a separate wine list. As for accessibility for those in a wheelchair, the entrance to the restaurant is step-free on the ground floor, with smooth concrete floors and a dedicated accessible toilet.
Lyle’s | Shoreditch | WA
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Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s renowned restaurant Berners Tavern is one to bookmark for a celebration. This modern British restaurant is located in The London Edition Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The menus here embrace seasonal ingredients and dishes ranging from seafood and grass-fed meats to plenty of veggie options. You can gain access from the street if you’re in a wheelchair straight into the glam, chandelier-adorned dining room, and there’s also an accessible toilet that’s not too far from the restaurant itself.
Berners Tavern | Marylebone | WA
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Mare Street Market
There’s around 10,000 sq ft to wheel around at London Fields’ trendy Mare Street Market, a hip Hackney hang-out home to more than just a restaurant and bar. Although you can enjoy a meal here – the menu includes British and modern European dishes – you can also get your hair cut, drink at the bar, get a tattoo or find an edible souvenir to take back home with you. It’s a multi-functioning space decked out in an Art Deco fashion with vintage chandeliers and rustic furniture. There’s a ramp that leads to the inside, which can be reached from around the back of the venue, plus a roomy accessible toilet and an outside area, which can also be accessed from the back.
Mare Street Market | Hackney | WA
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Social Eating House
Social Eating House is another venture by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, and it’s also great for those using a wheelchair. This coveted restaurant nabbed its first Michelin star just six months after opening, boasting a contemporary bistro menu of delicious dishes made with the best seasonal and locally sourced produce. There are no steps on the ground floor, and lovely smooth flooring makes it easier to wheel about. Plus, there’s a well-kept accessible toilet located at the back of the restaurant.
Social Eating House | Soho | WA
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If Japanese is your choice of cuisine, Tanakatsu, sandwiched between Clerkenwell and Angel, is a must-visit. This restaurant is based on the Katsu houses you find throughout Japan, embracing the minimalist style and sleek, laid-back vibe. As for food, expect things like sushi, sashimi, katsu and teriyaki dishes, as well as sake, wine, beer and soft drinks. The uncluttered space makes manoeuvring around easier, and a ramp is available upon request (as there is one small step to enter). There’s also an accessible toilet.
Tanakatsu | Clerkenwell | WA
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Last on our list of London restaurants that are wheelchair accessible is this laid-back spot in Peckham, Artusi. It may be unassuming from the outside, but inside, the food is the centre of attention. Expect a chalkboard scribbled with seasonal Mediterranean dishes, like pasta and zhuzhed-up vegetables, with a wine list to boot. The entrance to the restaurant is entirely step-free.
Artusi | Peckham | WA
Need some help with your London itinerary? We’ve got ya covered, because we clearly indicate which of the TONS of recommendations we give you along each day’s route are wheelchair accessible. Have a look at our London itineraries.