Where to Stay for the London 2012 Olympics. Picture: Olympic Stadium

    Where to Stay for the London 2012 Olympics

    London 2012 Summer Olympics Games see over 205 nations competing in 26 Olympic sports. The games venues will be scattered around London but are mostly centred in a newly constructed, £537-million Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. The Olympic Stadium is also home to the majority of the 2012 Paralympic Games, which can seat up to 80,000 visitors for the duration of the Games and 25,000 thereafter.

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    The Olympic Games will host everything from archery to badminton and fencing to gymnastics. Games begin in the midst of British summer; 29th July and last up till the 12th August followed shortly by the commencement of the Paralympic Games on the 29th August to the 9th September, which include powerlifting, 5-a-side and 7-a-side football and wheelchair basketball.

    Olympic Games tickets went on sale on 15th March 2011, so the Games are quickly approaching, and the freshly built Olympic Stadium has brought with it a myriad of new jobs; great for students aiming to find temporary work. The stadium will be used for field events subsequent to the 2012 Olympics games, whereby a bid for the ground was won by West Ham. Headed by Olympic, gold medallist, ex-Tory MP and awarded KBE; Lord Sebastian Coe, was crowned chairman of the Olympic bid with promising results.

    The London 2012 Olympics has sparked a huge public transport overhaul, aiming for 100% of spectators to travel to the Games by public transport, cycling or even walking. They have increased accessibility for the elderly, for those with small children or carrying luggage or those who do not speak English or are travelling to the UK for the first time.

    If you are travelling from quite a distance to the Olympics Games but want to revel in this sporting phenomenon it is advised you book accommodation near the Olympic Stadium. A select few games (triathlon) will occur on the streets of London but the majority will be held at the Stratford Olympic Stadium, including all highly-acclaimed aquatic, track and gymnastic events.

    Hotels near the Olympic Park in Stratford

    The Holiday Inn, Stratford
    This hotel is an official sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games and the world’s largest chain hotel. The Inn is less than 15-minutes walk from the Olympic Stadium and 7 minutes from Stratford Underground station; perfect for commuting into central London. The infamous O2 Arena is less than ten minutes away along with pubs, bars and restaurants for the evening time. Rooms cost around cost £98.00 per night, for a double room, and children under the age of 18 can stay for free.

    Lodge 51 London
    Lodge 51 London is an ideal choice for those of you who want value-for-money accommodation in an up-and-coming area. Located in the centre of Stratford, which will host the 2012 Olympics, Lodge 51 London is conveniently close to excellent transport links and the lively cultural quarter, home to Stratford Circus and the Theatre Royal Stratford East.