Canary Wharf is not an obvious place to go to for a Sunday brunch. After all it’s the business heartland of East London. However, if it is accessible restaurants with good transport links that you are aiming for – where you do not have to worry about getting in or asking about accessible loos, then it is a good place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Firstly Canary Wharf is on the Jubilee Line, an accessible tube station. You can also go there by boat/ferry Thames Clippers. It might be a change using water transport instead of bus or the tube. The only annoying thing about using this service is that the staff always ask if I have a mobility scooter recognition card, they cannot seem to be able to differentiate between a scooter and a wheelchair. But you get 50% off the fare with a Freedom Pass as does your companion. (remember to ask for it, they won’t tell you.) My bugbear with Canary Wharf is that the signage is not brilliant. I always get lost.
There are many types of restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, American (Big Easy) to Chinese Dim Sum (Royal China), Indian (Chai Ki), Japanese (Roka), Italian (Carluccios), Carribean ( Boisdale) breakfast (Breakfast Club). These are just a few that have been personally tried. I have not found any independent restaurants yet, these are all chains.
After brunch or lunch, you can always visit the Crossway Place Roof Garden or visit the Museum of London Docklands. (warning that there is cobbled streets outside the museum) If you have a need for retail therapy, there are many many shops that you can find on the high street and some more exclusive shops. There is also the urban landscape that is quite spectacular in its own right, worth having a stroll.
On the May day bank holiday, I went to something I saw curiously advertised as the Nomadic Garden 2nd Birthday Party.
I asked if it was accessible as I am interested in communal gardens, they said it was but it would’t be smooth as the flooring was woodchips
” The ground is covered in wood chips so not easy for a self-propelled but an Indoor/Outdoor wheelchair would be fine. No stepped access or hazards from main gate “
It took us (I went with my intrepid support worker, James) some time to find the space. I was slightly side tracked by the stalls on Brick lane.
We found it in the end and we met James/Jimmy who gave us a potted history of the place – as is narrated in the video.
James told me of the Raggae BBQ party and campfire they have every weekend. The floor might be woodchip strewn but they did think of rudimentary access ramps for wheelchair users.
Many of the plants were in raised beds so they can easily be accessed by some wheelchair users, the people were genearally friendly. It is an accessible place to bring some friends and hang out! Especially when the weather is good!
James said they would definitely like to open it up to more disabled people. Party anyone?
Next event party Meeting of Styles – 27th/28th May
Accessible musical instruments remove barriers to music making for disabled musicians, allowing creative expression and choice in music making.
There is a real need for a broader variety of accessible instruments, at Drake Music we bridge the gap between musicians and makers, technologists, coders and developers to pioneer new accessible music technology.
Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Drake Music’s vision is a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities and a culture of integrated music-making, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.
At another session, I was fascinated by a program, Stage Genie, which uses some kind of tracking movement to create music. It was demonstrated by Dan Mailman.
With all the videos which were shown, I was also happy to go to a session on fast editing of transcripts with fast text based auto editing. I was wondering how accessible would videos be for people with hearing impairments.
There was much more to learn and try out at the fest and good to see the diversity and accessibility tackled using media and technology. However, no subtitles or transcript in the video below.
The Meantime Plant Nursery is an innovative volunteer powered project, aiming to put vacant development land to good use growing plants. The Conservation Volunteers are now offering a new volunteering opportunity at the Meantime Plant Nursery:
-learn and develop horticultural skills such as plant propagation and maintenance.
-enhance your DIY and carpentry skills, building new raised beds, irrigating polytunnels and constructing staging.
-discover dendrology with the ‘Remarkable Tree Project’, our new initiative to find and multiply London’s most unusual and unique trees.
Volunteer days are held every Tuesday from 10-3, tea, coffee, biscuits, and all tools, training and equipment will be provided.
I went along to volunteer one Tuesday and found a cheery welcome. We are sorting out how to be most useful to the project. Plans include a suitably high worktable and possibly raised bed.
The venue has level access and cleared paths with good surfaces for wheelchair users.The site is at the Greenwich Peninsula West Parkside, easily accessed by buses to the Meridian village near the 02 on Jubilee Line (accessible station North Greenwich). It is a good place to relax in a green environment set up in an urban space.
There is a ramp into the office. Unfortunately there is not an usable accessible toilet on the site yet. (But there is an Odeon Imax cinema within a few minutes walk and several restaurants and a B&Q)
We are developing a project on accessible conservation and planting project together – watch this space!
Today I was at the Parallel London event with Iyiola Olafimihan. We were both supporting ALLFIE in one of the race and he was interested in Culture Access. He would like to add information on access to clubs..which is very good news! Welcome on board, Iyiola! it made me think of a whole new category of interest!
Culture Access was created in our enthusiasm for an access to activities which we roughly categorise under culture – with a small ‘c’ – that which is not sports, campaigning or cuts. We are focusing on disabled access but not exclusively so. We would include financial access -so we would not be featuring the top of the art equipment which many of us cannot afford anyway. We would focus on access to culture not just as consumers but also as practitioners.
So we are excited to tell you that we are considering cuisine/cooking, conservation/gardening, photography, video making, travelling, cultural visits etc