Can I enjoy the London Olympics without breaking the bank?

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                                                                                                              March 2012

The question: Can you give some tips on enjoying the spirit of the London Olympics without breaking the bank?

It is possible to soak up the London Olympics on a budget – especially if you like sleeping in a tent.

The country’s Camping and Caravanning Club has organized numerous sites, some for as low as $12 (£7.50) a night. Its Waterworks site (called Lee Valley at is located 10 minutes from the Olympic Park, with site fees of about $70 (£45) a night. And Camp in London ( is transforming a field in East London into a tent city, with options ranging from pitch-your-own sites for $23 to luxury tents with rugs, tea-light chandeliers and continental breakfast for $150 a night.

Other budget options include B&Bs and glam hostels such as Clink78 (, a former courthouse with designer dorms, and Palmers Lodge (, with its salvaged furniture and curtained-off beds. (For more sleeping options, search Visit London under “London 2012” and “Essential Information.”)

As for ambience, there are plenty of ways to catch the mood on the cheap.

you are thinking of heading over to London this summer, make sure you have booked your accommodation well in advance.  With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics taking place this June – August,  it is going to be very busy.  A lot of the hotels have booked their rooms out at least a couple of weeks before and after the Olympics. 

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