London hotels – from the low-budget to the luxury – noted significant increase in bookings for the weekend of September 17-18. A day later, on Monday, September 19, will take place funeral of Elizabeth II.

One of the tourism experts told the Guardian that there is a demand for accommodation in the city highest since the 2012 Olympics. It is estimated from Wednesday to London several hundred thousand people will comewho want to pay tribute to the deceased monarch.

Lastminute.com reported that bookings made for this weekend increased by 85%. compared to the same period in 2021 and by 65%. compared to 2019

Faced with a real struggle for accommodation – from individuals but also from foreign delegations trying to secure a group booking – some operators they raised their prices significantly.

The Guardian checked the accommodation prices on Sunday and Monday. For a two-day stay of two people in a luxury hotel ME London Booking.com portal requests 5,028 pounds (27,400 PLN). The same service a week later would cost £ 1,148 (PLN 6.2 thousand).

However, such horrendous prices for accommodation apply only to bookings made in the territory of Great Britain. Booking.com makes the proposed price dependent on the location. When ordering accommodation in the luxurious ME London from Poland, we will pay 11 thousand. zloty.

There were also large price differences in the low-budget Travelodge website. Same two nights at the hotel London Central Elephant and Castle were valued at “from £ 439.98” (PLN 2.4 thousand), while prices a week later are “from £ 159.98” (PLN 870). When ordering accommodation from Poland on September 18-19, we will pay at this hotel from £ 339 (PLN 1.8 thousand).

An analysis of the PA press agency showed, in turn, that hotel prices on the Sunday before the funeral are up to four times higher than a week later. According to her, the cheapest room in Park Plaza County Hall London – one of the closest hotels to Westminster Abbey – would cost £ 1,299 (PLN 7,100) on a Sunday evening, compared with £ 269 (PLN 1,500) seven days later.

The case was commented on by the CEO of the industry organization UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls. Demand will surely remain high until the state funeral on Monday. It is important to remember that she contributed to this the need to hire additional police and other personnel before, during and immediately after the event through group reservations for accommodation she explained.

Travel experts told The Guardian that many luxury London hotels have closed their “inventory” – the number of rooms available for rent online – and are dealing with inquiries on request. thus enabling higher fees to be charged.

Gary Redmond, director of Adria, a small hotel in South Kensington, said he had received many inquiries, including from embassies and the media, but had failed to book overnight stays.

Several guests who were due to check out before the weekend extended their stay to witness the queen’s funeral. The overall increase in demand during this period is around 70%. – he handed over.