The guidebook

THE 5TH EDITION OF THE ACCESS IN LONDON GUIDEBOOK HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED WITH 372pp.    If you’d like to have a copy, go to Contact us.

Don’t get confused with the POD (print on demand) version which only contains two chapters, comprising less than 40% of the text in the new edition.

Access in London is a well established and well researched guide, published in 1984, 1989, 1996, 2003 AND NOW 2014. Nearly all of the information is collected by visit, and reflects the experiences of disabled people who want to get around. It is part of a series published by Pauline Hephaistos Survey Projects since the 1970s to places as diverse as Paris, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Jersey, Norway, Brittany and the Loire Valley.

The guide is still the only integrated source of access information about London which links everything together, covering accommodation, the transport system and descriptions of the major sights and places of interest.

THE WEBSITE IS CURRENTLY BEING WORKED ON AND ADDED TO (April/May 2015) based on the the new edition of the book. About 80% of this information is on the website, in the form of readable and downloadable pdfs, and the rest will be added shortly.

If you want to link to our other two sites, click on other guides.

The new edition contains detailed information for those who have problems getting around, including::

• wheelchair users
• those with limited walking ability and for whom stairs may be a challenge
• families with small children in buggies.

 Our approach is descriptive, and based on years of travelling internationally. Uniquely, our guides combine the information about where to stay, how to get around and the easiest ways of accessing the main places of interest.

In its 372 pages, it covers:
Accommodation, with more than 80 accessible hotels, hostels and camp sites, from those with 5 stars to others with ‘no-frills’. A map shows where they are
Getting around, with a commentary on using taxis, minicabs, buses, and the tube
• all the main sights and places of interest, including the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, and Buckingham Palace, together with churches, museums and galleries
• there’s a Good loo guide and map for central London
• the big Shops (with a map)
Sports Grounds (with information for spectators on the provisions made, and how to find out more details), and
• an extensive Index.

WE HAVE PUT THE FINAL TEXT FOR VARIOUS CHAPTERS ON THE WEBSITE for:  the Accommodation, Getting around, Shops and Sports grounds chapters also for Places of interestMuseums and galleries and for Places of worship (all three are to be found under Major sights)

There are descriptions of several sites/sights outside the N/S circular roads on another page, but still under Major sights

Other sections and chapters will follow.  On the Methodology page you will find a list of abbreviations, and of the definitions we use for describing toilets and lifts. We also compare our information with that from other sources.

NOTE THAT the web files include easy links to websites and e-mail addresses. 

THE ACCOMMODATION SECTION WAS ADDED DURING AUGUST 2012 (initially as a pdf file), as this is probably the most important chapter for anyone planning a visit, particularly in terms of its location.

The new guide contents consist of:

  • Introduction
    • How the guide is arranged
    • Units and definitions
  • General Information
    • Climate
    • Emergencies
    • Maps and guides
    • Telephones
  • Specialised information
    • Contact points
    • Equipment repair and hire
    • Facilities for those with hearing impairment
    • Textphones
    • Facilities for those with visual impairment
    • Price concessions
    • Toilets
    • Useful websites
  • Accommodation
    • Hotels (60+ accessible hotels)
    • Camping
    • Hostels
  • Getting around
    • By car or minibus
    • Parking
    • By taxi and minicab
    • Transport for London, buses, underground, DLR
    • Services for London residents
    • Arriving by:
    • Rail
    • Coach
    • Air
  • Places of interest
    • Inner London (60 places)
    • Outer London (20 places)
  • Places of worship
    • Abbeys and cathedrals
    • Churches
    • Mosques, synagogues and temples
  • Museums & galleries
  • Entertainment
  • Sports grounds
  • Shops
  • Recommended itineraries
  • Good loo guide
    • (listing and mapping of ~90 accessible toilets)

Maps and artwork include:

  • links to and from accessible rail stations (out as far as Guildford, Reading, Watford, Romford, Sevenoaks, Gatwick and Epsom)
  • accessible travel links on London’s underground system
  • hotels location
  • a diagram of accessible routes around the Tower of London
  • a diagram of accessible routes around the Palace of Westminster
  • the location of the principal shops
  • maps of good accessible toilets in central London

The whole website will gradually be updated through 2015.