Waterloo Station is the nearest step-free tube station. From there, it is approximately 400 metres to the venue. From the tube to the venue, the route leads over a main road (York Road) which has traffic lights for crossing.
The venue is located at Leake Street., through the Leake Street Arches. There you will find the entrance to the venue, which will be clearly signposted.
Nearest accessible parking is at Spokesafe Lower Marsh or Waterloo car park.
Drop-off is allowed to the venue door If required, we offer a pick-up service from nearby tube and bus stations for Blind, Low-vision, and Neurodiverse guests, as well as anyone who might require extra assistance. Please contact [email protected] to arrange this service before the event.
There is step-free access to the venue. We are also offering early entry for all people (particularly with apparent or non-apparent disabilities) who want a more relaxed admission. Early entry will start 10-20 minutes before doors open.
Gender-neutral and accessible toilets can be found on the ground floor via the main space. The accessible toilet (entrance door 89cm in width) can be accessed via a ramp. The bathroom is designed to meet accessible standards, and it will also have a full-length mirror, footstool, menstruation products, low coat hooks and will be fragrance-free.
The space has different areas which are divided by a tactile floor marking tape and visually signposted.
- The main foyer/ bar space
- A performance space
- A resting area/quiet room
On the night, we will also have an in-app, on-demand visual interpreting provided by Aira available to aid in wayfinding.
Throughout the venue, there will be darker areas with brighter lights from accent and feature lighting, but no direct white light (other than in the WCs). The lighting will have red and pink hues.
In general, the only dark space will be the quiet room.
No strobe lighting will be used.
There will be speakers used in both the main space and the performance area. Speakers will be clearly signed-posted.
We will also provide a limited number of noise-reduction earphones for the event, which you can request in advance via [email protected]. You are welcome to bring your own on the night.
The quieter room is found near the accessible WC. This area is dark, creating a low sensory/stimulation space. It will be a calm, dark, low-scent space enclosed by curtains that you can open and close. Please note, that due to venue size, the room will not be completely sound-free.
The bar will have a lowered counter at the height of 70 cm, with the option of glasses with or without handles, as well as straws if requested. Alternative menu options including large print and Braille will be available.
Please make bar staff aware of any allergies you may have. There will also be a BSL interpreter available at the bar.
In both the main foyer and performance area, there will be both low tables and chairs, and high tables and chairs – all will have chair backs but no armrests. All tables and chairs can be moved to make space if necessary.
The main space features a photo wall with an installation of bright, multi-coloured spheres of different textures with bright multi-coloured lights.
In the main performance area, there will be a raised platform, as well as a dance floor. Both of which will be facing the main stage. The stage will be lit with brightly coloured lights and a screen behind the stage may display some animated/moving visuals.
Any additional access needs for attending the event can be shared with us by November 26th at [email protected].