Will there be room in the inn?
This article looks at ideas for where to stay while in London or surrounding areas during the games and the special offers you may be able to find.
Besides selling Olympic merchandise, local businesses are getting ready for the amount of hotel accommodation that will be required as people from all over the world come to see the biggest event of the year.
Although some are unsure that we can afford to hold such an event, the Olympics is expected to boost the UK economy by millions of pounds and gives Britain an opportunity to benefit from the extensive levels of tourists that will visit for the games.
Part of the excitement started in June with the opening of The London 2012 Festival and the London 2012 Live Sites, big screens in 22 towns and cities across the UK showing festival films.
The screens showed films from events in the London 2012 Festival, including the Tracey Emin Review Show interview, excerpts from previous BBC Proms, films made by young people through the Cultural Olympiad’s Film Nation, excerpts from Royal Shakespeare Company shows and much more.
The London 2012 Festival, a 12 week UK-wide celebration for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
During the Games the sites will be the destination to experience all the biggest Olympic moments. Up to 500,000 people per day are expected to celebrate the Games at Live Sites throughout the country. The screens will show BBC One coverage, reflecting the best of the action every day of the Olympic Games.
As the torch bearers have already started marching with the flame and lots of promotional events are being organised, the event is getting closer every day. London and many areas across the UK will become cultural and sporting hubs, with lots going on. In order for ticket holders to get somewhere to stay, it is vital to book rooms with plenty of notice.
As London and Greater London is famous for its extortionate hotel prices, competitive rates are needed in order to get more people to stay in close to the Olympic arena. Although many hotels in London are offering great discounts, staying out of central London would be a more affordable and available option.
If you are staying in Britain for the Olympics this summer, look out for a special offer in Croydon, Camden and surrounding greater London may be a better bet than central London. If you are one of the lucky people to have an Olympic ticket, all of London’s public transport systems will be of free to access. This incentive makes it easier to travel around London and also gives you the ability to stay out of the central London route.
With this is mind it may be worthwhile looking for some deals as soon as possible to make sure you can get a room. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the biggest event of the century, would you?