London with learning disabilities: Five great sights to see

London is a fabulous city and one that is on the bucket list of millions of people around the world. However, for people with cognitive difficulties it can be overwhelming. After all, there are millions of people living in the city and a hustle and bustle like few cities on earth.

For people with learning difficulties or those who have gone through cognitive challenges such as having suffered a brain injury, the city can be especially challenging. A trip down Oxford Street would certainly be off the menu.

However, learning and mentally challenging those with cognitive impairments or injuries is important in recuperation and progression, and there are many attractions in London that can provide just that. In fact, many head injury care homes take their residents out to the capital for days out.

So, if you’re caring for a loved one and want to take them on a trip to the Big Smoke, here are five attractions that are well suited to people who have learning or cognitive difficulties…

The Science Museum

Located in South Kensington, the Science Museum is an incredibly place for people to really engage, immerse and activate all of the senses.

The museum provides an inclusive environment for people of all ages and all abilities, with plenty of support and guidance from fully trained staff.

The Wonderlab is a must and is incredibly immersive, while the Exploring Space gallery is really captivating for pretty much every visitor!

London Zoo

In the heart of Regent’s Park is London Zoo, one of the world’s most famous zoos. It has long been committed to providing accessible spaces, with sensory maps to assist visitors as well as dedicated quiet zones and various workshops that cater to a range of diverse needs.

The Land of Lions is certainly a standout, but right across the zoo there are great options for learning and playing that can provide a really enriching experience for people with learning disabilities and cognitive injuries.

The Natural History Museum

An absolute treasure trove of wonders, The National History Museum offers a hugely impressive collection of exhibitions, as well as tons of interactive elements and accessible facilities.

The museum offers sensory backpacks, audio guides and tactile displays that can really enhance the experience for those with cognitive function issues. There are so many opportunities for discovery, while the museum also has many workshops and learning activities across the year specifically designed for people with cognitive disabilities.

The Tate Modern

If you want to unlock a loved one’s creative streak, the Tate Modern is a brilliant option. The huge building has some fantastic tours designed for people with learning difficulties, as well as a host of exhibitions to suit all art lovers.

There are sensory tours available, as well as interactive workshops that can really foster creativity and exploration, while it can even help trigger emotions through the thought-provoking work on display.

The V&A Museum of Childhood

Finally, the V&A Museum of Childhood can be a really fun museum for people of all ages, providing a sense of nostalgia and helping trigger memories that can aid learning, specifically for people who have suffered head trauma later in life.

The museum has a dedicated sensory room for people with learning difficulties that provides a calming and inclusive space away from the main galleries. It’s interactive, and provides a welcoming environment for all, making for a fantastic space to learn, explore and engage at a person’s own pace.

Of course, there are many more things going on in London too, from inclusive West End shows to the many more museums and fabulous parks, perfect for a sunny day. While the hustle and bustle may be an obstacle, don’t let that put you off taking your loved one to London, no matter what their conditions or abilities.

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