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St John's Church Crypt

Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY

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Introduction - St John's Church

  • St John's Church is open to the public for church services, orchestra recitals and for meeting and events.

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  • St John's Church Crypt is located within St John's Church.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • The venue opens for church services and events at the weekend.

Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; large print.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

South Bank Public Car Parks

  • This section provides information about a number of public cars parks around South Bank.
    For more information about access and parking charges please visit the individual car parks.
    South Bank is located in the congestion charging zone.

Outside Access (Crypt Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Waterloo Road.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 68cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 1 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 7cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Crypt Waiting Area

  • A carpeted area used as a waiting area for the Crypt Exhibition, Crypt meeting room, Mendelssohn room and Octavia room.
  • This are can be used for meetings.
  • There is no fixed furniture, this can be chosen and arranged to suit needs.

Other Floors (Crypt)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located inside the crypt entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 2m from the crypt entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and Crypt.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Crypt

  • This is an empty space used for exhibitions.
  • Access is via a single door that opens towards you, is heavy and has an opening width of 64cm.
  • There are 2 clearly marked medium steps at the entrance.

Event Room(s) / Space(s) (Crypt Meeting Room)

  • Access to the Room View
    • Crypt Meeting Room is located approximately 10m from the stairs.
    • There is not wayfinding signage for the room.
    • There is clear signage for the room(s) (on or near the door).
    • There is written signage for the room(s), in block capital lettering, that is clearly visible.
    • The corridor/walkway leading to the room(s)/space(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
    • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • Room Details View
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available for the room.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
    • There are no potential trip hazards within the room.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level. The lectern is height adjustable. There is not fixed furniture within the room(s).

Event Room(s) / Space(s) (Octavia Room)

  • Access to the Room View
    • Octavia Room is located approximately 15m from the stairs.
    • There is not wayfinding signage for the room.
    • There is clear signage for the room(s) (on or near the door).
    • There is written signage for the room(s), in block capital lettering, that is clearly visible.
    • The corridor/walkway leading to the room(s)/space(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
    • There is step free access.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
    • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • Room Details View
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available for the room.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
    • There are no potential trip hazards within the room.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level. There is not fixed furniture within the room(s). The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 66cm.

Event Room(s) / Space(s) (Mendelssohn Room)

  • Access to the Room View
    • Mendelssohn Room is located approximately 30m from the stairs.
    • There is not wayfinding signage for the.
    • There is clear signage for the room(s) (on or near the door).
    • There is written signage for the room(s), in upper and lower case lettering, that is clearly visible.
    • The corridor/walkway leading to the room(s)/space(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
    • There is step free access.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The width of the door opening is 70cm.
    • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • Room Details View
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available for the room.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
    • There are no potential trip hazards within the room.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level. There is not fixed furniture within the room(s). There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the room(s). The type of flooring in the room(s) is carpet.

Conference / Meeting Facilities 1111 (Crypt Meeting Room)

  • The room/area surveyed is approximately 10m from the stairs.
  • There is not wayfinding signage on route to the room(s).
  • Signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • There is written signage for the room, in block capital lettering, that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor/walkway outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • There is step-free access into the room(s).
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door may be difficult for some to open.
  • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
  • The lectern is height adjustable.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
  • The type of flooring in the room(s) is carpet.
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Conference / Meeting Facilities 1111 (Octavia Room)

  • The room/area surveyed is approximately 15m from the stairs.
  • There is not wayfinding signage on route to the room(s).
  • Signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • There is written signage for the room, in upper and lower case lettering, that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor/walkway outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • There is step-free access into the room(s).
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door may be difficult for some to open.
  • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 66cm.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are some chairs with armrests on both side within the room(s).
  • The type of flooring in the room(s) is tiles.
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Conference / Meeting Facilities 1111 (Mendelssohn Room)

  • The room/area surveyed is approximately 30m from the stairs.
  • There is not wayfinding signage on route to the room(s).
  • Signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • There is written signage for the room, in upper and lower case lettering, that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor/walkway outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • There is step-free access into the room(s).
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is/are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are under 75cm for the room(s).
  • The door may be difficult for some to open.
  • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • The type of flooring in the room(s) is carpet.
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in St John's Church.

Standard Toilet(s) (Crypt)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the bottom of the stairs.
  • The female and male toilets are approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the stairs.
  • There is stepped access to the female and male toilet(s).
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • There is not a lowered urinal available in the male toilet(s).
  • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
  • There is not a lowered wash basin available.
  • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
  • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a stepped shower in both the female and male standard toilets.
    • The female shower is accessed by a 3cm step.
    • The male shower is accessed by a 23cm step.
    • There are further female and male toilets at the rear of the crypt, which were out of use at the time of survey.

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