Brighton & Hove, a city in Sussex, England, may be the next best place for travellers to stay for the 2012 Olympic Games, after London.
While the accommodation in London is already peaking in terms of prices, or is fast becoming fully booked, Brighton remains a cheaper place to stay during the games and can offer attractions of its own.
The seaside city is an hour’s travel from London Bridge and London Victoria train stations. This is in direct contrast to stays in London, where travel experts are asking visitors travelling to Games venues to add around 90 minutes of extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion.
Hotels in Brighton are offering bed and breakfast for the duration of the Games at rates commencing from £50 per night, with luxury accommodation available at Drake’s Hotel Brighton for £89 per night, and at Umi Hotel Brighton for £120 per night.
The city has around 400 restaurants, and its local attractions include visits to Brighton Pier or the Royal Pavilion, or a walk through the North Laine, a vibrant artists quarter with small galleries and studio spaces. The beach is also a popular destination on warm summer days.
In addition to the previously mentioned rail connections, the city is connected to London with regular bus services, and many of the city’s residents regularly commute to London for work.
More tourist information will be available at VisitBrighton.com, the official Brighton tourism guide, which also has a list of hotels and accommodation for the 2012 Olympic Games.