25 March 2009

The London Wetlands Centre in Barnes

The London Wetland Centre

is a great for accessablity because most of the paths are tarmat, the ones that are not are gravel but compact so scooters and wheelchairs may find it a little bit bumpy but not too bad.

This is a photo of the site where the wetland centre is now before the building began, big site isn't it.

It is The 42 hectares, it is split into two halfs that are set arond the Visitors centre and cafe and small film, that is very good but getting a bit dated now.

Here is the map of the whole site, sorry it is so small it is hard for me to read.

photo of visitor centre:

As you can see it is flat tarmat, here are the toilets including the accessible on, (that is now also baby changing), the Theatre is here where the film is showing every 20 minutes I think.

This is the Water Edge cafe that has the normal range of drinks: lattie, tea, hot chocolate, fliter coffee, soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, orange juice, bottled water, wine, beer.
There is a inside seating area, when it rains and the seats are not fixed nor are the tables, it's a self service arrangement, but asked if you need help.
Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except 25 December
Summer opening times (from 29 March 2009 until 24 October 2009)9.30am to 6pm (last admission 5pm).
Late night opening every Thursday evening in July and August, 5pm - 9pm (last admission 8pm).
Winter opening times (from 1 January - 28 March and from 25 October 2009)9.30am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Early closing on 24 December (last admission 2pm, centre closes at 3pm)
Gift Aid admission prices
Free to WWT membersAdult: £9.50Concession: £7.10 (over 65 years, full-time students, unemployed) Child: £5.25 (4-16 years) Family: £26.55 (2 adults & 2 children, 4-16 years)Children (under 4 years): Free Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors: Free
2The Gift Aid admission price includes a voluntary donation, which enables us to claim the tax back as part of the Government's Gift Aid scheme. Further information on Gift Aid click here3.If you choose not to pay the Gift Aid price, these are the prices excluding the voluntary donation.Adult: £8.64Concession: £6.45 (over 65 years, full-time students, unemployed) Child: £4.77(4 -16 years) Family: £24.14 (2 adults & 2 children, 4 - 16 years)
Daily events
You can find out more about this amazing wetland centre and its wildlife with our daily events that all start from the courtyard:
11am & 2pm Free guided tours
Learn how the centre was created and discover some of the beautiful wildlife that lives here
3.00pm Feed the birds

When you have had your time looking round the London Wetlands Centre, you can pop into the shop where you can find bird related souvenirs, such are pens, pencils, rubbersm, you can also get soap, hats, jackets and not to forget the wooden birds (as shown in photo), they also sell tubs of ice cream.

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Please Check the London Wetlands Centre website out at:

18 March 2009

The Pig and Whistle, East Sheen

The Pig and Whistle, East Sheen

This pub is in Sheen lane near the Sheen Lane Centre, it is a very warm and friendly admerphere in the pub.

The tables and chairs are not fixed sp a wheelchair can easly be wheeled under one of the tables.

The menu has the normal pub food such as fish and chips, curry, cottage pie etc.

The drinks include the normal such as beer, wine, cider,sprits and then the soft drinks are a pot of tea, lattie coffee, hot chocolate, cold drinks include, coke bottled or tab water, lemonade etc.

The front entrance has a small step, but they have flat access round the back via the car park, and in via the Fire Exit at the back of the pub.

They have not left moblity impaired people out they have a disabled toilet that is rader key operated, it was very clean and tidy.

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11 March 2009

Is a cafe on Twickenham Green, so the cafe is called "Arthur's on the green, this cafe is really nice and has good drinks, and food that includes chocolate browies and cakes as well as hot food, the list of drinks is good you can get a pot of tea Earl Grey, Green Tea, Tea, Coffee from Lattie to Mocha.

Inside is accessable there is a small step onto the pattio area with the pink table and chairs, but once your inside you can get round fine, the tables are not fixed so you can move them to suit you same goes for the seat.

As you can see by the photo's the cafe is very light with large windows that give lots of daylight into the cafe as well as the sun.

The menu looks like:


Homemade Soup of the Day
Grilled Goat's Cheese Crostini with Black Olive Tapenade & Pesto
Poached Duck Egg with Brioche & Crispy Bacon
Grilled Tiger Prawns with Garlic Butter
Chicken Liver Pate with Onion Marmalade
Tagliatelle with Mushroom, Cream & Chive Sauce
Main Courses

Fillet of Angus Beef with Pepper Sauce, Mash & Vegetables
CharGrilled Onglet Steak with Garlic Mayonnaise, Chips & Coleslaw
ArthurBurger - served plain grilled or with Melted Cheese, Coleslaw & Chips
Braised Lamb Shank with Root Vegetables
Honey roast Breast of Duck with Red Cabbage & Apple Sauce
Arthur's Fishcake with Creme Fraiche & Chives, Chips & Salad
Fish of the Day
Onion & Parmesan Tart with Chips & Salad
Vegetable Curry with home roasted Spices, Basmati Rice & Vegetables
Salad Tiede with Mixed Leaves, Avocado, Chicken, Chorizo & a poached Egg on top

Homemade Chips
Selection of Seasonal Vegetables
Tomato and Onion Salad
Mixed or Green Salad
House SaladMixed Leaves, Artichoke, Olives, Piquillo Pepper, Parmesan
Bread and Olives with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Arthur's Luxury Sandwiches

Chargrilled Chicken, Avocado and Pesto Baguette
Crayfish, Rocket, Mayonnaise & Lemon Baguette
Homemade Hummus with Chargrilled Vegetables Ciabatta
Tune, Sweetcorn & Mayo Baguette
Chorizo, Rocket & Piquilo Pepper in a Bap
Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Cucumber on Granary Bread

Crème Brûlée
Banana Ice Cream with Toffee Sauce
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream Pavlova Meringue with Berries and Ice Cream
Pear & Almond Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream Apple and Plum Crumble with CustardSelection of Homemade Ice Cream with Chocolate Cookie
All £5.95
Vanilla Ice Cream with a shot of Mozart Chocolate Liqueur £7.95
Selection of Cheeses & Biscuits with Homemade Chutney £7.50

Children's Menu - 2 courses £7.50
Penne, Chicken, ArthurBurger or Fishcake & Chips plus Vanilla Ice Cream

Set Lunch 2 courses £12.95 3 courses £15.95
Homemade Soup of the Day
Avocado, Spinach & Bacon Salad
Tomato, Anchovy & Caper
Chicken & Mushroom Pie
Sausages, Mash & Onion Gravy
Arthur's Fishcake with Creme Fraiche & Chives
Banana Ice Cream with Toffee Sauce
Pear & Almond Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream

And don't forget. We do amazing Sunday Roasts on the blackboard.
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This cafe is very accessable and yes don't worry there is a accessable toilet in the cafe, it is a very smart toilet but it is very low down!

They have a hand dryer and Molton Brown hand soap.

They have tables an chairs on Twickenham Green, so you can sit out if you wish (when the suns out).

To find out more please visit there website at:

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04 March 2009

Syron Park

I went to Syon park last Sunday, and I enjoyed my time there, Syon has it's own car park but the disabled bays are not easy to find and also not really disabled bays they are normal bays with the wheelchair symbol on.

Also the car park needs a bit of a update because the bays are so faded you can hardly see them, and the sign saying "disable bays only" is a bit out of date because they are talking about 'Orange Badges' when they are Blue now.

At Syon you have:

This is the main shop at Syon and it sells everything you need for the garden, from pots to Teak tables, as well as flowers, candles etc.

As well as Wyevale they have:

that sells shirts, jackets etc , please note that this shop is not very accessible they have a automatic door that leeds you into thewomans wear but the mens wear is down a flight on stairs.

As well as The Edinburgh Woolen Mill, there is another shop called ECO ST that sells everything eco friendly from light bulbs - kettles - baby food - DAB radios, this shop is accessable via the side door.

Right you are in need of a drink by now and yes there is a cafe called "The Refectory" and it sells the normal range of food and drinks from tea, coffee, lattie so on. No photo.

They have accessable toilets at the back of the cafe (outside), the suface is cobby stones for a short bit but the toilet are good, they have two accessable toilets with rader key locks, they are very clean

Please visit the website to find out more:

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