Things to Do
Autism-friendly things to do in London
London has a host of theatres, museums and event spaces offering relaxed, fun experiences for children and their families to enjoy together. From theatre trips to museums and cinemas, these are some of the most autism-friendly things to do in the city.
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THE LION KING is committed to creating a friendly and inclusive audience experience at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Having hosted its fifth Autism-Friendly Performance in London in June 2018, the landmark musical is delighted to be presenting a Relaxed Performance at 1.30pm on Sunday 2nd June, 2019. Relaxed performances are specially adapted to be accessible to wide range of audiences such as those with autism, those with a learning disability or anyone with a sensory predisposition, with extra trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet areas inside the theatre should anyone need to leave their seat.
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Ticket prices from £20.00Further details see The Lyceum website:: https://thelionking.co.uk/relaxedperformances
Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for somebody with autism to enjoy a live theatre show. These shows will have had adjustments made in the form of reduction to sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects and strobe lighting taken out. There will be a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and there will be some designated chill-out areas available. The theatre staff and cast will also have received some training so they have some understanding of autism.
An increasing number of London museums are making experiences more comfortable for people with autism. The Science Museum put on fantastic events aimed at bringing experiences to life for children. The free Early Bird and Night Owls events at the Science Museum allow families to enjoy workshops at off-peak times. Please see their website for more details: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/night-owls
The Tower of London
Families with autistic members can request fast-track access to beat the queues at the Tower Of London. The Hands of History exhibition on the top floor of the historic setting also offers an opportunity for families to learn through play. https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/visit/accessibility
If you're in the centre of town the National Autistic Society recommends the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden as a great interactive experience, while the Royal Air Force Museum also offers an Autism-friendly trail.
The London Eye
Families looking to plan a sightseeing trip in the city can rest assured the London Eye will do all they can to accommodate them.
Further details https://www.londoneye.com/tickets-and-prices/
Trips to London cinemas are easier than ever too thanks to the likes of Odeon (Phone: 0800 138 3315), Vue (Phone: 0345 308 4620) and Cineworld (https://www.cineworld.co.uk/blog/autism_friendly_screenings) who put on special screenings one Sunday morning every month. Much like relaxed theatre performances the house lights are kept on during screenings to create a less intense atmosphere. The film’s sound effects are also toned down and the audience is told to expect higher background noise as families enjoy the movie.