Alternative Accommodation for the London 2012 Olympics

If you haven’t already booked your hotel accommodation for the London 2012 Olympics and were hoping to nab some last-minute cheap deals, then be prepared to be let down. For even the budget hotels have seriously raised the cost of room rates for the eight weeks during the Olympics. Typically during a non Olympic week you could have got a nights stay in one of the chain hotels for around £50 to £80 but prices have rocketed to Olympic Gold standards of anything between £250 a night and £360. The London Olympic Games run from July 27th to August 12th and are mainly situated in the Olympic Park, which is located in Stratford, East London. As hotel bookings are mostly full and any that have vacancies are likely to be overcharging, it is time to think about alternative accommodation. There are many websites that have sprung up over the last few years that offer private rooms in people’s houses on a short term basis for renting and luckily a great many feature accommodation in London. You can rent a room for a day or a week, choose your location and price and lots of rooms start from around £50 a night. To get the best from these websites you need to be searching for rooms in London that are in the East of London, around the West Ham or Hackney districts to ensure you are close enough to the Olympic Park. Here are a few of the best sites offering alternative accommodation:


This is the site that helps travellers rent spare rooms, apartments or properties on a short-term basis and features more than 100,000 rooms in 16,000 cities worldwide. It currently lists 3,312 properties in the capital – and counting – and has accommodation for all budgets available over the Olympic period. For example, a luxurious double room in Hammersmith, London, currently costs £124 a night.

Vive Unique

This site specialises in private home rentals in London, with over 200 pads in the capital. Examples with availability include a two-bedroom apartment in Capel Road, Forest Gate, a short walk to the Olympics, from £141.08pp per night, based on five people sharing. Wilmer Apartment, Stoke Newington is a loft-style apartment, from £43pp per night based on four people. Or get a taste of London highlife with a Notting Hill apartment with a garden, from £67 based on six people. All prices are based on a month’s stay during August.


Is a site that has more than 100 fabulous properties still available during the Games for the more discerning traveller and as such, they don’t come cheap. An apartment with a main bedroom and kids’ room on the seventh floor (there’s a lift) of an art deco mansion block in Bloomsbury costs £199 per bedroom per night, while over in the east end another contemporary property for four in Shoreditch costs £218 per bedroom per night. OnefineStay says homes are still being added, so there is likely to be last-minute availability.


This site was founded in 2009 by Arnaud Bertrand and Junjun Chen. The concept was born as a result of a mutual love of staying in short-term rentals while travelling. Thousands of owners added their rentals during that year and close to 20,000 guests stayed in these properties, writing post-stay reviews that were positive in more than 90% of cases. you can rent a penthouse studio in central London from £71 a night.

London Holiday Apartments

A little bit different to renting a private room, all London Holiday Apartments have separate living and dining spaces, large, comfortable bedrooms, well-fitted kitchens and modern bathrooms. And almost all the London holiday apartments are well-connected by road and rail links, making it easy for you to get to the Olympic Park.

London Holiday Lets Letting Agency

This site offers London holiday flats sleeping as little as 2 through to London self catering holiday apartments sleeping up to 8. They offer online bookings 24 hours a day 365 days a year via a sophisticated online booking system, this means that you can be sure to reserve your London holiday let as soon as you see it. They also offer a grading and review point system for their London properties graded directly by past guests and viewable online 24/7.

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