A detailed description
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Wheelchair, Powerchair
The facilities have been extensively modernised, and wheelchair access improved. There's a permanent ramp on the north side (off St Martin’s Place) leading to doors controlled by a large ‘push’ button. Just inside there’s a platform lift (D80 L160), which bypasses the ±28 steps, to get to the crypt. Alternatively there’s a circular lift (D100 diameter200) outside under a glass cupola. This leads to the crypt which contains a very friendly licenced café, a shop, a brass rubbing centre and two wheelchair toilets (D80 ST80). The surfaces are slightly bumpy here as the flagstones in the floor are very old. Brass rubbing is done on low tables which are suitable for most chair users. A second lower crypt area, is accessed by another platform lift. St Martin’s hosts numerous concerts and events. Church services held there regularly. There are usually at least four wheelchair spaces at the front of the nave. For more details see www.accessinlondon.org Measurements are in cm.
Transport & Parking
Parking is problematic, although more relaxed on a Sunday. There are a number of bus stops nearby. Charing Cross mainline station is about 500m away, and the nearest accessible tube station is Westminster. See the overall commentary in the chapter on Getting around at www.accessinlondon.org
The access has already been described. There's a ramp on the north side up to the main church level which bypasses the steps under the imposing portico. The main nave has box pews, occupying much of the area, but there are spaces for chair users. The crypt and crypt cafe are reached by lift. The gallery can only be accessed via +30 steps.
Two accessible loos are located off the crypt cafe area. The door width is 80cm and the side transfer space also 80cm. Baby change facilities are included. There is plenty of room for a carer if needed. The toilets are signed inside the cafe area.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
The cafe was based on a self-service, tray carrying system, which would be a problem for some. For a historic building, the access can be regarded as being pretty good.