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Accessibility at the Parade and Trafalgar Square

We have dedicated volunteer access stewards (Photograph: Lauren Anderson)

You can call, text or WhatsApp our Access Team on 07413 288 466, send a BBM message using PIN 7AA126B2, or email access@prideinlondon.org. This number is not to be used for general enquiries. Details of our enquiries number can be found in the footer of every page on this website.

Getting to the Parade

The nearest stations to the Parade route are Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross.

We have a small number of free accessible parking places at the Q-Park in Chinatown. Please email us to ask about these places. The maximum height for vehicles is 1.98m (6ft 5in), although we will try to find another parking area if your vehicle is too tall. There will be access stewards on duty in the Q-Park.

Access stewards

We have dedicated volunteer access stewards, who will be on duty from 9am to 9pm. Look out for them in orange access steward t-shirts.

Joining the Parade

If you want to join the access safe space for the Parade, please arrive by 12:15pm. The access assembly point is on Duchess Mews, off Duchess Street west of Portland Place. Our volunteers will be there from 10:30am to meet you, and take you to the area where the access safe space will set off from. They will answer any questions you may have about the rest of your day. There will be an accessible toilet in the area.

Shuttle bus helping you get to the Parade

Pride offers an accessible shuttle bus running between Trafalgar Square and the access assembly point in Duchess Mews roughly every half hour on the day of the Parade. The bus leaves from St Martin in the Fields church, which is in the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square. Please note the last shuttle bus will leave St Martin in the Fields church at midday. After that time you will need to make your own way to the access assembly point.

This year we are adding an additional pick up point at Kings Cross Station. The location for the stop is outside the Premier Inn on York Way (the road adjacent to Kings Cross Station). This will be a text-to-request stop. To arrange a pick up at a specific time, please text or call at least an hour prior to your estimated arrival time and then again when you have arrived. This will also be on a poster at the location. Please note – the last pick up time that can be arranged is midday. After that time you will need to make your own way to the access assembly point.

The bus can accommodate wheelchairs and eight other passengers. It will have Pride in London signs in the windows. There will be signage at the bus stop, and our Access Stewards in bright orange will be on board to help or answer any questions you may have.

Parade Access safe space

The Parade access safe space is part of the Parade. It is a marshalled area near the very front. It's for anyone who would like to be in a wheelchair friendly and well-spaced area. Friends and family can join you. You can bring flags and banners, but they can't be carried by our stewards. Whistles and klaxons aren't allowed in the safe space, but we can't completely guarantee the space will be free of loud noises. There will be a BSL Interpreter in the access safe space.

Parade shuttle bus

The Parade access safe space will have its own fully air conditioned and wheelchair accessible shuttle bus. This hop-on hop-off shuttle will travel with the parade from Portland Place to Trafalgar Square and can be used by anyone in the access safe space.

End of the Parade

When the Parade leaves at 1pm, we will follow the route down to Trafalgar Square. When the Parade reaches Cockspur Street, the Access Safe Space will leave the Parade and move down Pall Mall East. Access stewards will then lead the group to the Trafalgar Square viewing platform.

Trafalgar Square

There will be a viewing platform on the north terrace above Trafalgar Square, which will be staffed by specially trained access stewards. Please bring an umbrella (and a wheelchair fixing clamp, if needed) as there isn't a cover from any rain – although we hope it will be sunny.

Speech to text

There will be captioning and live subtitling for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

Hearing loop

For the first time, we will be providing a hearing loop facility at the Trafalgar Square Viewing Platform.

Wheelchair charging points

There will be wheelchair charging points in Trafalgar Square, which will be normal domestic power sockets. Our access stewards will be able to show you where the charging points are on the day.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas. We will provide dog bowls and water, but please plan to look after all your dog's needs during the day. There will be a dog rest area in Trafalgar Square.

Toilets

There are fully accessible toilets in Trafalgar Square, Golden Square, Soho Square (at the corner of Brewer Street and Lexington Street), at the junction of Wardour Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, and next to the Dean Street Stage. We also have a Changing Places toilet for which users will need to bring their own sling. The Changing Places toilet will be part of the London Ambulance compound at the top of Pall Mall East.


Any questions?

Please get in touch if you have any questions about accessibility at Pride.