It is estimated that London’s roughly 120,000 hotel rooms are nowhere near enough. This problem exists for the 2012 Olympic Games. A lack of rooms means many visitors will be forced to stay in the English countryside.
WHERE TO STAY?
Savvy travelers, however, can choose an option that will put them within walking distance of the main stadium. For instance, they select a private yacht.
The Marina at the London Docklands plays host to dozens of the newest and largest motoryachts in the world during the Olympics. The facility is two miles from Olympic Park and other venues for the games.
The Docklands accommodates boats from small bareboats to British navy ships and international cruise ships. Megayachts visit the marina, thus, dockmaster and his team are prepared to handle large vessels.
Gareth Stephens is the dock manager for British Waterways. The agency oversees England’s waterways. He reports multiple berths are ready for the weeks immediately preceding the summer 2012 Olympics. According to Stephens,
“The Docklands can house yachts up to 170 meters (558 feet) with a 23-meter beam and eight-meter draft (75 feet and 26 feet, respectively).”
The number of available slips will ultimately depend on the sizes of vessels that make reservations for the games. Says Stephens,
“We are looking to accommodate a mix of cruise vessels and superyachts.”
Minimum dockage reservation period is 21 days. London Olympics run from July 27 to August 12. The required minimum booking period is July 24 to August 14. Stays starting before and/or ending after the minimum period are available.