New app highlights accessible venues in London

A free iPhone app is to change the way those with accessibility needs negotiate the London’s numerous event spaces and attractions.

Specialised for those with mobility needs, such as disabled persons, or parents with young children, the smartphone application provides detailed accessibility information for over 30,000 venues in the capital.

Among the listings are art galleries, pubs, hotels, museums, shops, restaurants and London 2012 Olympic venues, reports Breaking Travel News. After downloading the app, or visiting the developer’s website, city visitors can write reviews on the usefulness and accuracy of the information.

Commenting in press release, the deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes said the the project will prove to be “a valuable resource for people visiting the capital.”

He encouraged more businesses to supply their own information to the database in order to improve access for visitors to the city. It would be particularly prudent and perhaps even financially beneficial to do so before the Olympic Games, added a colleague.

Grant Kennedy, managing director of the national access register, Direct Enquiries added: “All organisations are looking to maximise footfall and revenue opportunities and opening their doors to people with specific access requirements will go a long way to achieving maximum growth.”