London Apartment Rentals Olympic Games 2012
A lot of London residents are planning to open up their flats and houses for short-let rentals during the Summer Games in 2012. Some of these will be lovely, and some of them will be like your Great Aunt Helen’s house where 12 cats have lived for 20 years and the once-white curtains are the colour of English Breakfast tea. Unfortunately, some of them will be much much worse than that, and as a renter, you’ll have no real way of knowing what’s in store for you unless someone local can inspect it for you ahead of time. With Elegant Retreats, we’ve gone ahead and visited each of the properties we recommend, so you can be assured that your booked accommodation will be lovely, well-maintained, and that what you see is what you’ll get upon arrival. With prices at twice the normal booking rate, why take a chance for your Olympic visit to London?
Where to stay during the Olympics – London Apartment Rentals – London Self Catering – Olympic Accommodations – 2012 Short Let Housing
Below are some of the unique and personally selected properties we offer in very popular areas of London that are available to be booked now for the 2012 London Olympic Games. More are opening up for Olympic dates reservation all the time.
Large London 2012 Vacation Homes to Rent in CHELSEA:
|Ropers Orchard River View Flat,||
Sleeps 6 / 3 Bed / 2 Bath
|Winning 3-bedroom, 2nd story self-catering flat with large windows and small balcony. Lots of light, hardwood floors. Nearest tube: Sloane Square, 15 minutes.|
2012 Olympic Game Accommodations in KENSINGTON:
|Abingdon Road Large House, W8||
Sleeps 7 / 4 Bed / 2+ Bath
|Traditional 4-bedroom London vacation home with roof terrace, garden, patio, baby grand piano and city views in a superb and quiet location. Nearest tube: High Street Kensington, 5 minutes…|
|Campden Hill Square Flat, W8||Sleeps 6 / 3+ Bed / 3 Bath|
|Large 3+ bedroom luxury raised ground floor & garden flat rental in Kensington, close to tube stop, offering flexible sleeping accommodations for 6 people. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate, 5 minutes…|
2012 Olympic Game Luxury Rentals in KNIGHTSBRIDGE:
|Pont Street Flat, SW1||
Sleeps 2 / 1 Bed / 1 Bath
|Beautiful 1-bedroom, 3rd story self-catering flat with lift, caretaker, hardwood floors and lots of light. Nearest tube: Knightsbridge, 5 minutes.|
|Ovington Court Flat, SW3||Sleeps 5 / 2+ Bed / 2 Bath|
|Large, well-located, practically perfect luxury flat rental in Knightsbridge, close to museums, shopping, tube stop, with air conditioning & ground floor cafe. Knightsbridge, 8 minutes.|
2012 Olympic Game Accommodations in HOLLAND PARK:
|Abbotsbury Road, W14||
Sleeps 6 / 3 Bed / 3+ Bath
|Tastefully decorated 3-bedroom terrace house with patio, with large sitting areas, open plan living & dining space and steps from the park. Nearest tube: Holland Park & Notting Hill Gate, 5 minutes…|
2012 Games London Self-Catering Homes in NOTTING HILL:
|Chepstow Road House, W2||
Sleeps 5 – 6 / 3 Bed / 2+ Bath
|Art & light-filled 4-story, 3-bedroom walk up home, family friendly, perfect location, private garden, large master suite and kitchen and dining areas perfect for entertaining. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate, 10 mins. BOOKED from 27 JULY 2012.|
|Chapelside Mews House, W2||
Sleeps 4 / 2 Bed / 2 Bath
|Quiet, comfortable mews home with large living room, kitchen and dining area, and flexible bed configurations, perfect for all kinds of groups traveling together. Available now for Olympic Games 2012. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate, 5 minutes.|
Where to stay for the Olympics, London Holiday Rentals in SOUTH KENSINGTON:
|Rosary Gardens flat, SW7||
Sleeps 4 / 2 Bed / 2 Bath
|Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2nd story self-catering flat with large windows and small balcony. Lots of light, hardwood floors. Nearest tube: Gloucester, 5 minutes.|
Large Group Accommodation in London for the 2012 Games
We have two larger self-catering houses that will fit groups of 7 – 8, and several high-end luxury apartments in Knightsbridge that will accommodate large groups together. In addition, we have several apartments that are located in the same building or on adjacent blocks in the same garden square for travellers wishing to be close to one another on holiday.
More Rental Accommodations and Properties for the London Games:
We have more properties available than are currently up on the site. Please inquire with us, including your Olympics accommodation requirements and we’ll send you a list of options to fit your needs. Note that the larger properties sleeping 6 are going fast, those accommodating 8 are basically all booked already. For larger groups of 8, 10, 12, we can offer two property rentals in close proximity to each other.
Rental Rates for the Olympics in London:
As of now, prices for rentals during period of July 23 – August 13 will be up to double their usual rates, and have booked quickly. We are encouraging our owners to keep their prices steady, but there is a chance that some may decide to increase the rates even more as the summer approaches and availability decreases. At one point most were requiring booking in week long chunks (not just 7 night minimum with pro-rated days beyond seven), where properties could be booked one week, two weeks or three weeks over the Olympics period between 23 July and 13 August. However, as time passes, owners of the smaller flats especially are beginning to lighten up on this requirement, returning to the original 7 night minimum standards.
Be prepared to pay the full rental price up front, rather than the customary 50% deposit. Our recommendations: Book early if at all possible because our London properties do fill up, pretty much across the board each year in the summer months around Wimbledon and equestrian events, so we are anticipating an even bigger shortage for the Olympic festivities this summer, even with the large increases in rental prices for the period.
Getting Around During the Games:
The London 2012 Games are planned to be accessed primarily by public transport and there will be no parking at the events (except pre-purchased accessible blue pass spots). Transport options for the games and events are listed on the official London 2012 site. There is a great interactive site set up for planning trips to the various Olympic event sites. Included in the options are Games Travel Cards that cover the full zones 1 – 9 of the London tube, buses, trams and the National rail service.
Accessibility and the Olympics:
Elegant Retreats offers a few flats and homes that are fully accessible, and several that are not fully accessible but perhaps have ground floor bedroom and bathroom options, or as short flight of exterior steps, etc. The reality, however, is that accessible self-catering properties are quite hard to come by due to multi-level walk-up flats and houses, and lack of elevator retrofits in the older architecture of historic London. We do have several serviced apartment-hotel properties that are accessible, in addition to the few accessible houses and flats. We do our best to offer options to accommodate clients with mobility limitations throughout the city.
The official Olympics site offers very detailed information about accessible travel options for visitors getting to and around the various Olympic events. This resource lists accessible tube stations, options for disabled parking permits, and some general information about what to expect at the games if in a wheelchair or if travelling without assistance.
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