The 2019 Blue Badge Access Awards was held on Monday 7th October 2019 at The Langham Hotel, London. There were 13 categories of awards, ranging from Best Upmarket Hotel, to Employee of the Year.

The Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel, won the Highly Commended category of the Historic England Listed Building Award 2019. The Kimpton Fitzroy has an award winning Sesame wheelchair access lift at the front entrance, enabling guests to glide effortlessly into and out of the hotel in style.

Adam Hylands (www.diversityandability.com) uses the Sesame Lift at Kimpson Fitzroy Hotel, London

The Historic England Listed Building Highly Commended accolade was due to the high quality accessibility features at the Hotel including :

  • Marble clad Sesame Access wheelchair lift at the front entrance
  • Valet parking
  • Accessible entrance way and public spaces
  • Accessible rooms and restrooms
  • Roll-in showers
  • Communication features available
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible meeting space
  • Accessible exercise facility
  • Closed captioning or decoders


Alison Lyons, Director of Commercial Development at Sesame Access said 'The Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel is a beautiful, iconic and historic hotel in the heart of London. Sesame is incredibly proud to have made this Grade II* Listed Building wheelchair accessible through its front entrance, so everyone can enjoy this amazing hotel equally. We are thrilled that Blue Badge Access Awards 2019 has awarded the Historic England Listed Building Highly Commended accolade'.

Sponsors of The Blue Badge Access Awards 2019 include RIBA, Conran & Partners, Taittinger Champagne, Dyson, Design Council, HEWI, The Telegraph and Euan's Guide.

Alison Lyons