24 September 2008

The St Margaret Pub

Photo's of the outside of The St Margaret Pub

The St Margarets Pub in Twickenham is great for anyone who likes pubs, the pub is fully accessible with a ramp into the back of the pub, the pub has it's own carpark with a nuber of disabled parking bays.

The Front of the pub is lighter than the back due the front having a lod of windows and the back not having so many.

The bar is is at the front and there is a small step up to the bar from the back of the pub, but I am sure that the staff will come and ask you what you want if your unable to reach the bar because they bring the food to the table if you order food, they also brought my drinks.

The Bar in St Margarets Pub, the table I sat at is just out of view in the photo on the left

The Drinks you can get from the bar are:

  • Wine

  • Sherry

  • Beer

  • Scotch

  • Brandy

  • Amaretto

  • Gin

Other Drinks from the bar are:

  • Tea

  • Coffee (also D-caf)

  • Cafe Lattie

  • Cappuccino

  • Hot Chocolate

  • Tea

  • Orange Juice

and more

Photo of inside the pub and also to show you how good the table's are (non fixed)

The Pub is warm and friendy and the staff are very nice.

As I said at the start of this page the back of the pub is much darker as you can see by the photos.

The pub is very smart and relxed in it's feeling towards it's customers.

As I said this pub is wheelchair accessible with access via the back of the pub and I am pleased to inform you that the pub has got a accessible toilet and to make sure that it does not get abused it has a rader key

see photo of key.

This pub is great and I can recommend the lattie and the hot food is good as well.

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17 September 2008

St Paul’s Cathedral

When I went to St Paul’s Cathedral they did not use to have access down to the Cypt where the shop cafe and toilets are but now they have:

The lift that is great for visitors with mobility problems and it is very smart and is different from normal lifts because you need a FOB (key) to make the lift work and also to call the lift. This is a wonderful to see that St Paul’s Cathedral is waking up to the future. But it is not ideal for people who have a shake for any reason because you need to get the FOB lined up just right or it won’t work. A member of staff will show you how to use it.

Now most of the Cathedral is wheelchair accessable, but the Whispering Gallery is not accessable due to a short staircase.

There are two disabled parking bays in the Church Yard, very near to the cathedral - please note the maximum time in the bays is 3 hours (no return in less than an hour)
You enter the cathedral by the newly opened accessible entrance through a set of automatic doors that the member of staff opens from inside. We then used the new lift which has just been put in.

Nigel took us to the Whispering Gallery entrance but I did not go up due to it being a short staircase (unsuitable for wheelchairs and walking frames) but there is going to be a Virtual Tour for visitors who can’t get up to see what it looks like. We also went to see a space that is not wheelchair accessible yet but Nigel said that they are planning to put a platform lift in so all visitors can access the gallery that will have some objects from the past collection, It also leads to the library that is not open all the time.
In this gallery Nigel took me to was a old piece of carving that was very tactile and very nice to look at . When the gallery opens it may be a good idea to take visitors with visual impairments to feel this piece of work because I think they will get a lot out of their visit if they can feel a piece of history

You can now access all the crypt area as they have made

a really ramp.

that is wide enough for wheelchairs/ scooters/frames and not forgetting pushchairs. The ramp is on the left side and on the right is four steps in the same stone work and the ramp has a wonderful iron handrail that goes all the way down and also doubles up as the handrail for the stairs.
rampWe went to every floor and I saw the main cathedral from the top looking down. Then I went to the cathedral floor itself and saw and heard the organ being played.
Nigel then showed us an iron gate at the back of the cathedral that has four steps and he told us that they are going to have a platform lift up those stairs. This will make the whole ground floor accessible all the way round.
After all that walking I needed a bite to eat so we went into ‘The Refectory’. The tables and chairs can be moved to accompany a wheelchair. They have very nice shortbread and coffee. It is not cheap but the food is good and there is also a café where you can get cakes etc if you don’t want a meal.

Right - everyone needs to go to the toilet at some stage in their visit to St Paul’s Cathedral and they have two accessible toilets that are great and clean but when I went to use the accessible toilet both times they were occupied by non disabled visitors, who could of used the normal men’s or ladies toilets.
I think it would be a good idea to add a Radar Key Lock to the door of the accessible toilet to avoid this happening again and again.
What better way to end the visit to St Paul’s Cathedral but to visit their shop where you can find a large range of items including books, cds and much more. There is a very nice book on the history of St Paul’s Cathedral and I think it is a very nice book to have as a memory of your visit.

I really enjoyed my visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a wonderful building and part of London’s history and we should be proud of it.

I also found out that it is completely flat all the way from the cathedral to Tate Modern and I went over the Millennium Bridge in my mobility scooter for the first time

When I visited St Paul['s Cathedral I had permission to take photo's inside.

Please note photography is not allowed!

For more information please visit the St Pauls Cathedral Website at:

They are getting a new Virtual Tour being made, by the same person who made the Virtual Tour for Hampton Court Palace.

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10 September 2008

The Old Sorting Office in Barnes

Photo of The Old Sorting Office

It is now a hall where they hold sales and has a very nice feel to the place.

There are three studios next to the main hall where the sale I went to was. The hall is not that big and it can get very busy!

It also is very hot in the hall so if you want to go back when it has calmed down a bit you can.

The old Sorting Office has it's own small cafe

see photo below,

The Cafe serves food such as:

  1. Cakes

  2. Light Lunches


English Breakfast


Include:Tea, Coffee , Cafe Lattie , Hot Chocolate etc.

Don't worry They have an accessible toilet just by the cafe.

The Address of The Old Sorting Office is:

49 Station Road




SW13 0LF

To find out more about dates of fairs etc please visit the website at:


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08 September 2008

Queen Mary's Hospital

Photos of Queen Mary's Hospital

This is a very new hospital that has been open now for a while, it has no A&E department it does have a Minor Injury's Department. It is very accessible for wheelchairs , Scooters etc because it has automatic doors into the building from the upper and lower levels.

They have a large carpark that has 12 disabled bays, also there is a drop of point down a slope to the lower level (see first photo) and there are 4 disabled spaces there but they are full most of the time.

Queen Mary's Hospital is where Duglas Badar came to to have his Artificial lims put on and he then used the walking school, at Queen Mary's Hospital they still carry on with that work by having a charity called "The Limbless Association"

(Limbless Association logo) visit their website soon


As well as the Walking School they have The Duglas Badar Gym that had it's own building on the old site (now show flats) and it had a warm and welcoming feel to it.

It still has the welcoming feel to it but now it is in Queen Mary's Hospital the cost of going when you have joined is £2 a session and the Equitment includes:

  • Three Cybex Tredmills (Set to Miles Per Hour)

  • Weights

  • Medicine Balls (from 4kg - 10kg)

  • Cybex Crosstrainer

  • Cybex Bikes

  • Bikes

  • Air Stepper

  • Rowing Macines

  • Arm Bike (2)

and more.

there are a lot of accessible toilets in Queen Mary's Hospital and they have to cafes a coffee shop and the Courtyard cafe.

That has a small courtyard at the back

To find out more visit the website at:


They have won an award for best Access!

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Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

This exhibition is really well done and has a good audio tour by Sir David Attenborough; the exhibition is of ‘Amazing Rare Things’ this covers animals such as African Civet to plants like Servile Orange trees to Sunflowers.

The exhibtion is on one level in two large rooms there is a bench seat in each room. If you use the audio guide that is ver simple to use, when you see a picture of headphones all you do is key the number in to the handhald keypad and lisen.

Buying a ticket on the dayTickets may be purchased from The Queen's Gallery, subject to availability.
Here are the prices Admission prices
The Queen's Gallery
Adult £8.50Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £7.50Under 17 £4.25Under 5 FreeFamily (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £21.50

The Queens gallery is very good on disabled access it has a very nice accessible toilet and for disabled people who wish to use the normal toilets there is a really nicely made ramp.

There is also a very smart lift with oak wood doors and 3 mirrors.
Visitors with disabilities
The Queen's Gallery is fully accessible for wheelchair-users. More detailed information about access is available by telephoning (+44) (0)20 7766 7324
Here is a map of how to reach the gallery.

The shop sells lots of things including china, books, DVD’s etc.

There is no café at the gallery but there is a coffee shop near by.

This is the book from the exhibtion and it is a must buy the picture are great...

The name says it all ‘ Amazing Rare Things’

The Exhibition has now ended and there is now new exhibition.. I will update this page when I see it.

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05 September 2008

The National Archives

If you like History This is the place for you... Or if you look for your family tree all the infomation to help you is here.

The National Archives is very accessible and is suitable for wheelchairs and scooters, because it has a lift that takes you to each floor.

The National Archives have just revamped the whole building adding a new cafe and coffee shop that is on the level as you enter the centre.

The National Archives has disabled parking bays right outside the entrance of the building, there is a ramp up to the entrance of the National Archives and also if you don't like the rotating doors you can use a single door that has a push pad that opens the door.

They have just reopened the Museum and now has new interactive touch screen computers to use (please note it is cold due to air temp)

view of The National Archives from outside.

They have Accessible Toilets by the cafe and shop and on each floor (you need to have a Rader Key that you can buy from http://www.radar.org.uk/radarwebsite/tabid/41/default.aspx)

The shop sells everything from

  • Pens

  • Paper

  • Books

  • CD's

  • Magazines about history

  • Postcard


photo of cup of coffee in cafe.

To find out more about Whats on visit the website at:


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04 September 2008

The Tea Box

They have won the battle over the logo

The Tea Box
"Potty About Tea"

If you like a nice pot and a piece of cake the Tea Box is the place for you....

The Tea Box is a cafe but it is also a shop where you can buy tea's loose tea only!

They included:

  • Morning Glory

  • Assam

  • Jasmine

and many more.

The Tea Box is ok for disabled people they do have a ramp into the cafe (very Steep) and you can move the chairs they are not fixed, but to get up to the till and toilet there are three steps

The Staff will help you by bringing your food or drink to the table for you.

The toilet is accessible for someone with moblity problems or who can transfer from a wheelchair and walk in it's not a accessibe toilet, it is a normal size one that they have tried their best to make accessible with grab rails.

Staff are very friendly.

Visit their website at http://theteabox.co.uk/

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Denbies Vineyard

I recently went to Denbies Vineyard and really enjoyed my day, it is a really nice day out and it is great for wine lovers, because you have a choice of two tours that are:

The Moving Experience that starts with your tour visit starts in the unique circular cinema. The 20 minute surround vision film, full of amazing special effects instantly transports you into the magical world of wine. Fly over the beautiful North Downs of Surrey and witness the breathtaking landscape from a bird's eye view. Experience the wonder of the vineyard at its most spectacular moments throughout the year and learn about the process from vine to bottle. It will leave you gasping for more!

After the film has finished your guide will take you to the train that will take you to the cellar where you alight from the train and you are then told about the history of the wine etc... Not forgetting you get a free sample of three wines

Dry white wine

Surrey Gold white wine

A Rosa

The wine cellar and the free tasting, (children get white grape juice).

After the first tour you may want to have a snack to eat and drink, and no better place is the Conservatory Restaurant, that serves tea, coffee, juices etc and cakes for you to relax and have a break.

Then you can go on the second tour that takes you outside so you can see the vines growing each tour have an audio recording and then a talk by the guide. The land train has quite a high step.

General Opening Times

January - March
Wine & Gift Shop
Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday 11.30am - 5.30pm
Refreshment areas generally close half an hour before the above closing times.

April - December
Wine & Gift Shop
Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday - 11.30am - 5.30pm
Refreshment areas generally close half an hour before the above closing times.
Servery times may vary at the discretion of the Management.
Denbies Wine Estate is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

You can end your visit to Denbies by spending money in their shop that has Jams, chocolates, plates and not to forget their wines.
There are accessible toilet for you to use and it is very clean everywhere.

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03 September 2008

Dovecote Accessable Self Catering Cottages

Dovecote Accessable Self Catering Cottages is great for disabled people who want to have a break and wish to hire a self catering cottage, there are three cottages on the site and two of them have wheelchair users in mind.

The Cote is the cottage unsuitable for wheelchair users due to the staircase up to the bedroom and bathroom

(bedroom on right and staircase on left)

The Stables Cottage

This cottage has been converted for wheelchair users in mind and has no stair in the cottage at all.

There is a walk in shower for ease with a non slip floor.

They have provided a ramp to the door (fixed)

The Coach House Cottage

This cottage is suitable for wheelchairs but unlike the Stable cottage has no walk in shower and it has it's own bath and garden (not wheelchair accessible.)

For more information please visit the website at http://www.dovecoteselfcatering.co.uk/cote.php

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To find out prices etc...