The city will be pretty busy and people from different parts of the world will be rushing to London to watch the Olympic Games. If you feel like being different, then look at a different direction to some of the oddest athletic events in London:
Austerity Games in Hackney Marshes
Just before the Olympic Games kick off, Youth Fight For Jobs will be holding anti-capitalist games on July 22 in East London. The group wants to emphasize the expenses of the city to host the games. They have cum-athletic events such as Race to the Bottom and Property High Jump. The group calls for the properties built for the Olympics to serve as affordable housing for locals instead of being managed by the private sector or just being demolished.
World Alternative Games
A London holiday surely is far from being described as cheap by any measure. The daily rates of hotels especially with the approaching London Olympics are skyrocketing. You will also be lucky if you can get a booking for the dates of the games. The travel money too is hard to stretch if you have to eat out every time. There are alternative London accommodations though if you really want to witness the 2012 Olympics:
Bed & Breakfast Club
You will find The Bed & Breakfast Club houses in the more pleasant neighborhoods of London offering rooms of private residences offered for rent. Since you will be occupying a private room, do not expect luxury hotel like conveniences and pampering. It will have the basics though like entertainment system, phone, and twenty four hour check-in. Add to the simple elements the personal touch of the service.
The street-food scene has been surging in the major cities around the globe and London does not want to be left behind. All eyes are on this city as the Queen Celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and as the rest of the world awaits the clash of the best of athletes during the Olympics.
There are more sots in London now that are open to food trucks and food vans which serve different specialties from different corners of the globe. The standard of food is very high and so gourmet that people from different corners of Britain and travelers look for them just like any other excellent restaurant in London.
Here are some of the best food stalls you can find in London now:
It is the year of London when it comes to traveling this year. The city will be hosting the Olympics and the rest of the UK will be busy with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a big celebration and non-Britons might be wondering why it sounds so fancy. The Diamond Jubilee actually is the celebration of the 60th year of the queen on her throne. And this celebration is a perfect tie to be really British.
We featured some travel tips before if you want to go royalty spotting during the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Another website, Anglotopia, devoted to everything British produced a video of FAQs about the Diamond Jubilee. It will also be very helpful for those flocking to London this June and has no idea at all while the city will look like in celebration of a war ending with all the Union Jacks covering outfits more than the usual.
The much awaited Bulgari Hotel in London will not open until June 1 but there are other hotel openings in London that we have our spotlight on this summer, The Cafe Royal.
The plans to build The Royal Cafe first surfaced in 2008 when the landmark on Regent Street was eyed to be converted to a hotel. And from then on the construction has been going well and the website of the hotel shares that the new property will be part of the Set Hotels Collection that also includes the Amsterdam new hotel the Conservatorium and the Lutetia in Paris.
Set Hotels will be offering a 159 guestrooms for this luxury London hotel out of the old Cafe Royal and will also have the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center which will have its own yoga studios, meditation centers, spa, gym, and pool. The hotel will also have its restaurants, Domino Room, Grill Room, and bars.
Come June 2, the eyes of the world will be focused on London as it celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Well, you might not be on the official guest list of the royal family but you can still witness the royal spectacle during the 4-day celebration. The hotels and flights on these days are going fast as a lot of travelers are making their travel plans this early to see the celebration of the sixty years in throne of her Majesty.
We list down some London travel tips which may help you make your travel plans if you are going to London this June:
If you are a fan of the royal family and want to celebrate in true royal fashion, book a room at the Horseguards Hotel. You will have a good view of the river and see the Boat Pageant on Thames from your very own suite. In case, a luxury accommodation is beyond your budget, there are other great options that will be near the center of the festivities. Another good choice is the Strand Palace at the West End.
If you are following the London hotel scene, a lot of people have doubted that the Bulgari London Hotel can be on schedule to open this April. Sources say though that everything is going well and the Bulgari Resorts and Hotel in London will be cutting the ribbons as scheduled. The opening rate will be $697 per night.
The hotel has a Bulgari Spa with eleven private rooms for treatment, a suite for double treatment with its private steam room, jacuzzi and pool crafted from Vicenza stone with a mosaic in gold and green following the colors of Bulgari.
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners designed the guestrooms. The concept of refined deco and sleek architecture dominates the rooms with the curtains reflecting the patterns of Bulgary jewelry pieces and lamps which is similar to the signature candlesticks of the brand.
London travel on a budget is possible, believe it or not. You get to book a room in these cool hotels without sacrificing your taste and style. Here are some of the best budget London hotels where you can book a double room for around £50:
London House Hotel in Bayswater
The London House is just a few minutes by foot from the Notting Hill and Hyde Park and is conveniently located a few hops from the tube station in Bayswater.. With its dining area taking inspiration from minimalist design lines, it gives it a modern hostel vibe. The other features though tell us that it is still pretty much a hotel. The more than 100 rooms have a mini fridge and an ens suite bath. You can book a room for two starting at £67.
Barclay House Hotel in Fulham