Access

Accessible toilets and Nearest Station to the XR Peace space, October Rebellion 2019

(Access info was collected mostly via a phone call rather than visiting each place listed.)

XR Disability Hub:-
There will be a disability hub at Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster. This will have an accessible toilet which includes a changing places facility and hoist.

Stations:-
(These toilets can charge from 10p – 50p)

Charing Cross station – accessible loos outside of ticket gateline

Victoria station – accessible loos inside ticket gateline

Waterloo station – accessible loos outside ticket gateline

Westminster – no accessible loos, only able bodied loos outside ticket gateline

City loos:-
Westminster Pier – not accessible but they are probably the nearest public toilets for people who do not use a wheelchair – there is a charge

Changing places:-
Victoria Embankment Gardens, Near Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL – changing places toilet, open 7.30am – 8.30pm, requires a RADAR key as accessible toilet is locked. These toilets are managed. Has a hoist and adjustable height of washbasin. The toilets are near the tube, accessed from outside of Victoria embankment gardens via the main road running parallel to the Thames – the toilets are on the west side. Also, has adjoining public toilets for people who do not use wheelchairs, which are unlocked and cost 50p. Good access, although there is apparently a short but slightly steep incline from the pavement to the toilet courtyard.

Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA – not a quick option to go in and find. You need to pass through airport style security searches, but it has hoists an height adjustable bench. Open 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri – and later when Parliament is in session. The facility is situated in the Lower Waiting Hall at the bottom of the stairs leading to the committee rooms near to the Central Lobby. Advises that you ask for directions. Tel: 020 7219 4226 (Monday to Friday), 020 7219 4114 (Saturday)

Cafes:-
Central Hall Westminster, Wesley’s Cafe, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH – accessible loo and lift to the cafe. Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm, Sat and Sun 9 – 4pm

Pubs:-
St Stephen’s Tavern, 10 Bridge Street, SW1A 2JR – Downstairs is wheelchair accessible and has the bar and accessible toilets. Advised to use the side door to get in.

The Clarence, 53 Whitehall, London. SW1A 2HP – wheelchair access Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm

The Lord Moon of the Mall, 16 – 18 Whitehall, Westend, SW1A 2DY – 8am – 11.30pm Sunday – Thursday, Fri and Sat 8am – 12am – not wheelchair accessible, as there are two regular steps into the building, but with assistance a manual wheelchair should be able to negotiate these, and once inside I was told there is an accessible toilet, but this is only big enough for a manual wheelchair rather than a larger power chair

Silver Cross, 33 Whitehall, SW1A 2BX – 11am – 11pm wheelchair access. There are two floors and a lift to one of the floors. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet.

The Open London Scheme
Established in 2009 to increase access to toilets across London by asking businesses to open up their toilets for public use. As part of the scheme, supermarkets such as Asda, Borders, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco agreed to let people use their customer toilets without having to buy anything. Tourist Information Centres, fast food restaurants, some pubs and restaurants and many of London’s major tourist attractions also provide accessible toilets.

Lacking access :-
Westminster Arms, 9 and 10 Storey Gate, SW1P 3AT – access to the main bar only, but not to downstairs where the loos are

Red Lion, 8 Parliament Street, Westminster, SW1A 2NH – manual wheelchair access into the main bar of the pub, but no access to the toilets and no access for larger power chairs. The table heights are also too high and there isn’t room

McDonald’s 45/47 Whitehall SW1A 2BX – Tripadvisor say they are wheelchair accessible, but when phoned they said they do not currently have a wheelchair accessible toilet

Starbucks, Villiers St, – no accessible loos

Travel

Nearest station to XR Peace site – Westminster Underground – Has step-free access with level access to the Jubilee line, and manual ramps for the Circle and District Lines. If you are transferring from a national rail station onto the Underground please refer to Transport for London’s “Avoiding Stairs Tube Guide” for step free stations and interchanges and details of the gaps between the train and the platform https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/wheelchair-access-and-avoiding-stairs . TfL staff are happy to help and no need to book in advance. If visually impaired, talk to staff, and they will assist you onto the train and arrange for someone to meet you to help you off the train at your destination.

Funding for travel for those with accessibility issues – If you have accessibility issues that prevent you travelling by coach, then XR UK coaches team may be able to book you a train ticket. Funds are limited and on a first come first served basis, so apply as soon as possible and before 30th September via this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/16VyyYThPnBt3DhYW0_X-uK6EEyPXy6ycrrnJ4VYV4fg/mobilebasic

A&E closest to all XR sites:
St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH. 02071887188

St Thomas’ has a dedicated Mental Health team within A&E. This service is for anyone. A&E Mental Health Liaison Service (24hr Walk-In service 02071886007)