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London Olympics accommodations designed for coziness

07-18-2012 10:00 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Stuck for accommodations during the highly anticipated Olympics? If you are looking for something affordable that’s just on the doorstep of the Olympic Park and a bit different, East London has some hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Russell’s of Clapton Bread and Breakfast is located at a typical East London terrace in the borough of Hackney, just a short walk away from the Olympics site. Achingly cool and brimming with retro chic, it is popular with people in the music industry, as the owner used to be in the business. In addition to the hip vibe, he says the place is also designed for coziness.

Annette Russell, proprietor of Russell’s of Clapton, said, "It’s a small 6 bedroom deliberately created to feel as homely as possible, so that guests are really relaxed and they feel like they are staying at a friend’s house almost, and it’s just more personal, more like visiting a city as if you were living here rather than a tourist."

And if retro isn’t to your taste how about a bit of modern art? 40 Winks is an antique themed micro hotel in East London. There are only two rooms available here, but each of them is a treasure trove of art and curiosities. The owner comes from a family of antique dealers, and he now shares his treasures with visitors around the world.

David Carter, owner of 40 Winks, said, "There’s a sort of magic about 40 winks, people have sort of like a love affair and, I don’t know, people are just emotionally engaged with it and that kind of makes it very special and very different from most normal, conventional hotels"

These aren’t the types of places where guests just dump their bags, a stay here is an experience in itself, to which visiting London might even come second.

Russell’s of Clapton Bread and Breakfast is located at a typical East London terrace in
the borough of Hackney, just a short walk away from the Olympics site.

Russell’s of Clapton Bread and Breakfast is located at a typical East London terrace in
the borough of Hackney, just a short walk away from the Olympics site.

40 Winks is an antique themed micro hotel in East London.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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