The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. With a population of around 61.9 million, the UK uses pound sterling, and its head of state is Queen Elizabeth 11. The UK has a long history of arts and culture, ranging from William Shakespeare to the Beatles to Harry Potter and the Royal Ballet.
Romford is in the London Borough of Havering but was historically a market town in the county of Essex. It has two shopping centres, a high street and regular market with 270 stalls.
I stayed at the Premier Inn, Romford Central. It has a car park with disabled parking directly outside and a ramp leading to the door. The reception is very welcoming and the staff are extremely helpful.
I stayed on the first floor, which is reached by a lift, and a key is used to open the wide room door (rather then a key-card). I stayed in a large double room, but found the bed slightly too low (480mm), when getting up from it in the morning but you can contact the hotel beforehand to find out if they can raise the bed. The bathroom has a sliding door and the toilet is surrounded by rails to make it very accessible. The bath has been adapted with rails around it but it may be difficult to use if you are confined to a wheelchair. An overhead shower is attached to the taps but to access the bath depends on your mobility.
The hotel is a very basic, comfortable stay and you can choose to purchase toiletries or supply your own. There is also a choice of continental or full-English breakfast for an extra cost. The restaurant is large and very accessible with a disabled toilet.
I stayed at the Premier Inn, East Grinstead. It has a step- free entrance with disabled parking spaces right outside but it’s disabled room depends on your access needs. The room is large with a low spy hole in the door, double bed, dressing table you can put your legs under and a wardrobe with a low rail to hang your clothes. The bathroom has a sliding door but although there are rails around the toilet and sink, it only has a bath with a shower head attached.
The staff are extremely helpful and there is a choice of pillows to help you with their Good Night Guarantee.
If you are looking for a traditional, English countryside break, head to Somerset. On my visit I stayed at the Half Moon Inn in Templecombe. It is an 18th century village inn and one mile from the mainline railway station.
The accommodation is in two separate buildings with three rooms rated for the National Accessibility Scheme. There is a large car park and a ramp leading to the rooms. The ensuite twin room I stayed in had a full wet room and rails around the toilet and sink. .The shower had a fold-down seat and rails.
Breakfast is included in the price and is freshly prepared from local produce with home-made jams and marmalade. The inn is completely accessible and large enough for a standard size wheelchair.