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Here are a few genres which can be enjoyed and a selection of my personal favourite venues, all of which are recommended if you are travelling with somebody who is visually disabled. Holidays to London will always be worthwhile as there are so many great experiences available for all.
The Royal Opera House – One of
St Martin-in-the-Fields – A magnificent church in
West End Theatres – London’s West End is somewhat of a pilgrimage for entertainment lovers and an important part of British culture. With over 40 major theatres showing musicals, plays, drama, comedy and other entertainment you will be spoilt for choice. The West End is also home to an amazing range of bars, restaurants, museums and other attractions, which can truly make disabled holidays to London experiences that will leave you buzzing for weeks and months after. The musicals are particularly enjoyable and each theatre will have services to assist visually impaired visitors.
Ronnie Scott’s – A legendary and accessible jazz club situated in London’s electric Soho region, this iconic venue attracts the world’s top jazz musicians and has a cool ambience. Seats are available at the front of the stage and to the side, or there are standing tickets available. You can also enjoy food and drink during a show and crowd noise is kept to a minimum.
606 Club – Another intimate jazz club, 606 Club is found in
Pizza Express Jazz Club – This Soho jazz club is an award-winning basement venue with an intimate atmosphere and high quality live music every night of the week. You’ll need to descend some stairs to access it, and there are a small number of steps in the building. As you may have guessed, you can also sit down and order a pizza for the show.
The Elgar Room – Found in the historic Royal Albert Hall, this impressive space hosts late-night jazz shows in a sultry setting. Shows are often seated so expect an intimate performance with minimal distractions. During the day and evening, it is a stylish restaurant serving delicious cuisine – why not have dinner beforehand, then stick around to hear the sounds of luscious jazz whilst sipping from a good glass of wine?
The Camden Roundhouse – If rock is more your thing, then the Roundhouse in North London is a great choice. It attracts major bands from around the world, but also puts on shows for smaller acts; this makes it great for both niche and mainstream. For visually impaired visitors, I would recommend booking a seated ticket where you can avoid the crowds and focus on the music.
Brixton Academy – A premiere London rock venue which is known all around the world, the Brixton Academy is a right of passage for many bands – you might well catch the next big thing here! The award-winning venue has a large sloped standing section or seating available upstairs (this is recommended in case you’d like to stay away from the crowds, which can get a little rowdy).
These are just a few of my favourite music venues around the capital. If you are travelling with somebody who is disabled, holidays can be difficult to arrange, and if your travel companion is visually impaired you’ll want to make sure to appeal to all their other senses. My expert team is here to help, so contact us today for further information.
Philip Scott is the owner and founder of Can be Done, a fully licensed UK tour operator specialising in disabled holidays across the world for individuals and groups who are travelling with a handicap. With over 31 years’ experience organising long and short breaks for disabled travellers, Philip has built a reputation for helping his clients select hotels and accommodation that offer high standards of accessibility to ensure that those with special needs can experience truly relaxing and carefree holidays.