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2012 Olympics Rental Accommodation Search

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will take place in London, Capital of England and the United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Most of venues are located in Greater London (London Boroughs of Newham/ Greenwich/Merton/Westminster/Kensigton Chelsea/Camden/Brent/Hackney/Waltham Forest) as shown on the map.

Click on the borough of your choice to see the apartments available for rent during 2012 London Olympics

If you don’t find accommodation that meets your criteria now, please check back here regularly as the pool of available rental properties is changing on a daily basis.

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Above Map shows: London - City of London (also known as City or Square Mile) and 32 London boroughs known as Greater London

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Olympic Venues and Sports

Most of venues within Greater London were divided into 3 zones- Olympic Zone, River Zone and the Central Zone

Olympic Zone

The Olympic Zone – location - Olympic Park in Stratford, London (London Borough of Newham), accessible by Olympic Javelin train (travel to central London - 7 minutes)

Aquatics Centre –location - Olympic Park at Stratford, east London (London Borough of Newham)
Sports: Diving, Modern pentathlon(swimming), Swimming, Synchronized swimming, Water polo

Basketball Arena –location - Olympic Park at Stratford, east London (London Borough of Newham)

Sports: Basketball, Handball

BMX Circuit - location - The London Velopark in Leyton - east London (London Borough of Waltham Forest)
Sports: Cycling

The Handball Arena - location - Olympic Park in Stratford, east London (London Borough of Newham)
Sports: Fencing, Handball, Modern pentathlon

Olympic Hockey Centre- location - Olympic Park at Hackney - (London Borough of Hackney)
Sports: Field hockey

London Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Location: - Stratford, east London (London Borough of Newham)
Ceremonies: (opening/ closing) – capacity 80,000

The Olympic Village- location - Stratford, east London (London Borough of Newham)

River Zone

The River Zone venues - location - Thames Gateway

ExCeL London (Exhibition Centre London) – location (London Borough of Newham)
Sports - Boxing, Fencing, Judo,Table tennis, Taekwondo,Weightlifting, Wrestling

Greenwich Park – location -south east London (London Borough of Greenwich).
Sports Equestrian, Modern pentathlon

North Greenwich Arena – location -south east London (London Borough of Greenwich).
Sports Basketball (final),Gymnastics (artistic, trampolining)

The Royal Artillery Barracks – location - Woolwich in South East London (London Borough of Greenwich).
Sports Modern pentathlon (shooting), Shooting

Central Zone

The Central Zone - venues location - spread across central and west London:

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – location - Aorangi Park, Wimbledon, London (London Borough of Merton)
Sports: tennis

The Earls Court Exhibition Centre – location -  west London  (Borough of Kensington and Chelsea).
Sports: Volleyball (indoor)

Horse Guards Parade – location -  large parade ground off Whitehall in central London (Borough of City of Westminster)
Sports: Volleyball (beach)

Hyde Park  – location -  central London, (Borough  of City of Westminster)
Sports: Swimming (marathon),Triathlon

Lord's Cricket Ground (generally known as Lord's) – location -  St John's Wood, north-west London,(Borough of City of Westminster)
Sports : Archery

The 2012 Olympic Marathon Course – location -  central London, (Borough of City of Westminster)
Sports; Athletics (marathon)

Regent's Park (officially The Regent's Park) – location - central London, (Borough of City of Westminster) and partly in the (London Borough of Camden)
Sports: Cycling (road)

Wembley Arena  – location -  (London Borough of Brent).  
Sports: Badminton, Gymnastics (rhythmic)

Wembley Stadium  – location - Wembley Park, (London Borough of Brent).  
Sports: Football (final)

Venues Outside Greater London.

2012 Summer Olympic Venues outside Greater London

Dorney Lake -location - near the village of Dorney and near the towns of Windsor and Eton about 40 km/ 25mi west of Central London.
Sports: Canoeing, Rowing

Hadleigh Farm -location - Hadleigh, 55 km/35 mi east of central London
Sports: Cycling (mountain biking)

Lee Valley White Water Centre -location - between the towns of Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey. It is locates about 14 km / 9 mi north of Olympic Park
Sports:Canoeing (slalom)

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy -location - south coast of Great Britain about 200 km/120 mi south and west of London

Venues - Football stadium

Football will be played at football stadia around United Kingdom

Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland - location - 640 km/ 400 mi North of London

Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales - location - 240km/ 150 mi west of London

Old Trafford in Manchester, England - location - 320 km/ 200 mi north of London

St James' Park in Newcastle, England - location - 450 km/ 280 mi north of London

City of Coventry Stadium - Ricoh Arena - Coventry, England - location - 160 km /97 mi north west of London

Football finals will be played at Wembley Stadium  – location - Wembley Park, (London Borough of Brent).  

The 2012 Summer Olympic Travel Destinations

The London Olympic Park Complex -- the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stadium is a new sporting complex currently under construction in Stratford in East London. Together with the Olympic Village the complex will be the focal point of the London 2012 Olympics.  The complex will encompass he following subvenues:

  • Olympic Stadium --  With the capacity for about 80 thousand spectators, the London Olympic Stadium will be the main venue of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
  • Aquatics Centre  -- an indoor facility with two 50m swimming pools and a 25m diving pool.   This venue will be hosting such events as swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo. The capacity for 17,500 Olympic spectators will be reduced to 2,500 after the Games.
  • Hockey Centre -- it will have two venues for the 2012 Summer Olympics hockey competition with the capacities of 15,000 and 5,000 respectively.
  • Basketball Arena – with 12,000 seats  the arena will be used as a holding area for athletes during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the games.  During the games it will host the Olympic basketball as well as the semi-finals and finals of the Olympic handball.  It will also be hosting Paralympic wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. The arena will also be.
  • Handball Arena – wit up to 7,000 seats it will be used for handball preliminaries and quarter finals.  In addition it will host the modern pentathlon fencing and shooting during the Olympic Games, as well as the goalball (a team sport designed for blind athletes) during the Paralympic Games.
  • London Velopark – located at the northern end of London's Olympic Park, the Velopark is a cycling centre that will serve as one of the 'Big Five' permanent Olympic venues for the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Eton Manor – located the northernnmost area of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the manor will house temporary training pools for participants in aquatics events.  During  the 2012 Summer Paralympics it will home to  wheelchair tennis.
  • Olympic Village – with its 3,300 apartments, the village will have 17,320 beds and provide each athlete with internet access, a private courtyard and 16m² floor space. The village dining hall will have the capacity to cater for 5,500 athletes at a time.

The 2012 Summer Olympics Football will be held in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow, and Coventry from 25 July to 11 August.  The finals will take place at Wembley Stadium in London that has the capacity of 90 thousand seats.

Hadleigh Farm is the venue for mountain biking competition during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.  It is located at Hadleigh in southeast Essex, on the A13 between Benfleet and Leigh-on-Sea.

Near the village of Dorney, Buckinghamshire there is Dorney Lake which will be used as the 2012 Summer Olympic venue for rowing and canoe sprint.

The 2012 Summer Olympic whitewater events will be held in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

The 2012 Summer Olympics sailing competition will be held in Weymouth and Portland in Dorset, on the English Channel coast, from 28 July to 11 August.

2012 London Olympics Rental Properties

Alcester, Warwichshire 3 bedroom Olympic Rental

London Olympics Renal - four bedroom semi-detached house

2012 Olympics Rental -- Two Bedroom Furnished Apartment

Semi-detached house for rent for 2012 London Olympics

3 bedroom house with direct access to the 2012 Olympic Stadium

Olympics 2012 Letting - 2 Bedrooms in Brent

Stay for the Olympics at a newly renovated one bedroom

Let a house near Theydon Bois Underground Station - a direct link to Olympics location

House in Blackheath close to the Olympic Park

Townhouse for the Olympics near South Kensington station

Cottage near White Water Centre - direct train line to the Olympic Park Stratford

Rooms to rent during the Olympic games. 45 minutes to the stadium.

Victorian house at Blackheath Standard. Close to all Olympic venues.

One bedroom apartment with king size bed available during the Games.

Olympic Accommodation Fraud

The London Metropolitan Police advises everyone seeking accommodation for the 2012 London Olympics to be extremely careful in order to avoid falling victim to accommodation fraud.

  • Find out if you are dealing directly with the property owner or a letting agent.
  • Research the property that you are booking. Make sure that the address indeed exists. Check online maps. Do the images match those on the advert?
  • Ask the property owner/manager for details about the property and the area. Make sure that they are not vague and are able to provide detailed information about the property and the area. Does that information confirm what you found from your own research?
  • When paying for accommodation never use a money transfer agents such as Western Union or Moneygram. These agents are meant for personal payments and are not intended for commercial payments. If possible pay by credit card as this may protect your payment.
  • Demand to get a signed rental contract that specifies the terms and conditions of the rental to confirm exactly what you are being sold. Double check your booking before travel.
  • Be aware that fraudulent adverts do exist and it is your responsibility to exercise caution. If you have any doubts do not book it! For more information please visit the page Beware of Scams

A Major Terrorist Attack on the 2012 London Olympics?

According to newsoftheworld.co.uk AL-QAEDA is plotting a major terrorist attack on the 2012 London Olympics.

Some Islamic websites claim that a "dirty bomb" which combines radioactive material with conventional explosives is planned to be used to disrupt the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Some others suggest an attack similar to 2008 Mumbai atrocities. There are also growing concerns over an attack using chemical, biological, and other kinds of weapons...

On the other hand, according to www.wsws.org  "the threat of terrorism at the 2012 London Olympics is being hyped up in order to justify a vast increase in the surveillance powers of the British state"

Renting Home in London Costs £20,000 a Year

As reported by Ruth Bloomfield at www.thisislondon.co.uk rental prices in London continue to climb despite the recession. The annual price of renting an average home in the city has just broken the £20,000. The highest cost of rent has been noted in Kensington and Chelsea, where the cost of renting an average home is set as £3,482 a month — or almost £42,000 a year. London-wide, average rents have risen from £1,650 a month in March last year to £1,685 today. The statistics show that rents are rising fastest for larger units. For a five-bedroom house, the average monthly rent is £4,660 which is £400 higher then last year. The 2012 Summer Olympics has also driven price increases in east London.

Stay in Essex during the Olympics 2012

Essex county is a perfect area to look for accommodation during 2012 London Olympic an Paralympic Games. To start with, the price is going to be much lower then anywhere in London. Not to mention the scarcity of London accommodation. Secondly, a reasonable distance and excellent transport links, not to mention the wide selection of all types of accommodation that fits all tastes and budgets. The Essex accommodation options encompasses Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hotels and Inns, Camping, and more...

Essex offers a choice of two airports for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stansted Airport is the third busiest airport in England, with flights to over 160 destinations worldwide. Southend Airport is much smaller but it offers a whole range of charter services and air taxis. Helicopters are very likely to run from this airport directly to the services of Olympic Park during the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Wanted Volunteers for London Summer Olympics 2012

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is looking for about 70,000 volunteers to perform such duties as welcome desk staff, ticket checkers, drivers and event stewards, costume assistants, etc. Applications are accepted until midnight of October 27th this year. Aplicants need to be team players "who show the same qualities as the athletes including dedication, focus and grace under pressure" ( Sebastian Coe, chairman LOCOG)

Olympic Accommodation Pricing

There is a growing concern about the anticipated increase of accommodation pricing during the Olympics.  Hotel industry experts are warning accommodation providers to think carefully before raising accommodation prices in an attempt to make as much money as possible during the few days of Olympics events.  There is a growing tendency for accommodation providers to cash in on a perceived windfall but there side effect of that could be a long term damage done to inbound UK tourism.  If accommodation prices begin to soar, prospective visitors will perceive the UK as an expensive destination.  They will not return, neither will their friends or relatives. This is something to consider when deciding for the Olympic accommodation pricing.  The short term gain may seriously affect the long term business.

Shortage of Value for Money Accommodation during the Olympics

London's Olympic Games of 2012 is expected to be a premier sports game extravaganza.  This offers excellent marketing opportunities for all kind of businesses.  Hundreds of events will be held in London in the summer of 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.  However, According to TSNN News the organizers of Olympic events are being warned about the expected shortage of value for money accommodation in the London area.  Therefore the organizers should aim at securing accommodation early and arranging smooth transfers of people to and from the venue. A special attention is given for the needed transportation to move people all over the city. Rail systems and buses, not to mention cabs, are expected to operate at extreme capacity.

Almost two million people have already signed up for the tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games

 The 2012 Olympic Games organizers plan to raise over £500 million from the sale of the tickets to the public.  The tickets will go on sale on March 15, 2011 -- 500 days before the games begin.  As of end of December 2010 almost 2 million people are already lined up for the tickets.  Initially the sale will go on for 40 days.  But the demand for tickets is great and the  event organizers are optimistic to fill up all the venues with the next waves of sales, probably in the early 2012. By not releasing tickets too early, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) hopes to minimize the chances of tickets being sold on the black market.

What are the protected Games' Marks?

Below is an excerpt from the website http://www.london2012.com regarding their trade mark protection:

"All of the official names, phrases, trade marks, logos and designs related to the 2012 Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements (collectively referred to as the 'Games' Marks') are protected by law in a variety of ways.

The following are some of the current items that make up the Games' Marks:
- The Olympic symbol
- The Paralympic symbol
- The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic emblems
- The London 2012 mascots
- The word 'London 2012'
- The words 'Olympic', 'Olympiad', 'Olympian' (and their plurals and words very similar to them – eg 'Olympix'
- The words 'Paralympic', 'Paralympiad', 'Paralympian' and their plurals and words  very similar to them – eg 'Paralympix'
- The Olympic motto: 'Citius Altius Fortius' / 'Faster Higher Stronger'
- The Paralympic motto: 'Spirit in Motion'
- The Team GB logo
- The ParalympicsGB logo
- The British Olympic Association logo
- The British Paralympic Association logo
- london2012.com (and various derivatives)
- The London 2012 sports pictograms"

Olympic Game Lanes

During the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver  there were a number of streets in the city with dedicated lanes for Olympic vehicles only.  I remember that the traffic was terrible as a number of streets were also totally blocked for any traffic and all the cards had to use just the few remaining streets.  As I had to commute daily to and from Vancouver downtown I was often stuck in traffic.  It was frustrating to have one line next to you that was practically empty when you had to sit in a traffic jam.  That caused me often to jump over to the "forbidden" lane to quickly get out of the jammed area.  I was caught three times doing that but each time the police officer was only giving me a warning and letting me go without a fine.  I guess they had more important things to wary about.

It does not seem to be the case in London 2012.  The so called "Games Lanes" will run along over 60 miles of London's roads and only be accessible to vehicles of International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, athletes and other officials between accommodation and venues.  It is estimated that the special lanes  will be used by around 82 thousand people during the Games and cost £25 million to run.

Mr.Hugh Sumner, director of transport at the Olympic Delivery Authority recently said at his speech at London City Hall that drivers may face penalties of up to £5,000 for driving in the Olympic lanes. ( Is that really possible?!!)  He further mentioned that more likely the fines will be around £200 that can be reduced to £100 in case of a prompt payment. This is something to really think about....

Spend the Olympics with Sally Gunnell.

Is the Olympics accommodation offer to expensive for you?  Why don't you stay with Sally Gunnell?  

The 1992 Barcelona Olympic 400 metres hurdles gold medallist just announced that she will make the Gunnell family farm in Chigwell, Essex, available to 1,300 caravans for the duration of the London Olympics and Paralympics.  She will do that with the help of the Caravan Club. 

The idea came at the Boat and Caravan Show in Birmingham when someone from the Caravan Club mentioned that they were looking for temporary sites in the area. Sally's family happen to have a farm just six miles from the Olympic Park in Stratford and less than 15 minutes away by tube.

Sally -- a former world record holder and the only woman to hold Olympic, European, world,  and Commonwealth 400m hurdles titles at the same time --  attributes her achievements on the track to the outdoor life she led as a child running up and down her family farm's fields.

With the accommodation prices expected to soar during the Olympics, Gunnell says she is delighted to be doing her bit to make the Games more affordable.  A spot at Gunnell's farm will cost £25 to £30 a night and the site will be open from July 25 until Sept 11, 2012. Sally herself is also planning  to move with her husband and three sons into a caravan during the Games  to experience the Olympic atmosphere.

Accommodation for 2012 Olympic Sailors has been Completed

During the 2012 Olympic Games, sailing competition will take place in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.  The athletes will be accommodated by a development of 77 houses of  Athletes' Village.  The major structural work on the development that has been completed on September 13 and the Osprey Quay in Dorset held a special celebratory event to mark that completion.  The developer expects the completion of the internal fit out of the houses and the landscaping of the site by January 2012 -- about half a year ahead before the sailing competition begins. 

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets...

One million tickets to the most important Olympic events were supposed to go on sale, in December.  However the most recent news is that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games just announced a delay of four month.  The "lucky" ones who will get the tickets will be forced to book travel and accommodation just a few weeks ahead of the events.  That means paying higher prices as they are very likely  to climb as the Games draw closer.

On the bright side, Coca‑Cola, the proud partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is giving away in October fantastic VIP experiences which will also include tickets to the spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  In addition to the entry to the events the daily giveaways will also include accommodation in a five star London hotel, full hospitality, and a travel contribution for a group of four.

Planning to visit London in 2012?

Anyone planning to visit London for the 2012 Games are being urged to book their accommodation early. Prestige sporting events are one of the key drivers of hotel prices and usually lead to increases, as many rugby fans recently found out in New Zealand.

What happened in New Zealand this year and what happened in South Africa last year provides a foretaste for what will occur in London next year.  Although several thousand additional hotel rooms will be available in the city for the 2012 Olympics this is not going to satisfy the expected demand for accommodation.  Despite the extra capacity the accommodation prices will soar the closer we get to the event.  Therefore anyone planning to come to London next summer should take care of  their accommodation as soon as they can.

Haymarket Hotel Fully Booked

The Haymarket Hotel on Piccadilly Circus with nightly rates of £300 per a double room has just been taken over by Deloitte. The financial services firm is blowing a fortune on the extraordinary three-week booking of the hotel. The lavish building will be used for guests of the accountants and restructuring experts. The Tier 2 Olympics sponsor, Deloitte, is taking all 50 rooms, including 17 suites, for 21 nights.  Deloitte sees the booking as a "good business planning" considering the expected high demand for rooms during the Games. According to Wikipedia, Deloitte has approximately 182,000 staff at work in over 150 countries, offering audit, tas, enterprise risk, and other financial advice.

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