Surge in the hotel, request for transport before the funeral of the Queen

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London, UK, September 13 – London is expecting large crowds for Queen Elizabeth II’s state and funeral, which means few hotel rooms are available, while transport bosses warn of high demand.

The coffin of the late monarch can be viewed by the public from Wednesday at Westminster Hall, while his funeral will be held at nearby Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Large gatherings are also expected around Windsor Castle, west of the capital, where the Queen will be buried.

Monday will be a public holiday across the UK, a government decision approved by King Charles III following the death of his 96-year-old mother last week.

– ‘Visitors from all over the world’ –

“Our hotels in central London and Windsor are literally full, and demand is…high for our hotels near a train or tube station throughout Greater London,” according to the chain. Travelodge budget hotels.

Visitors come “from all over the UK and around the world” to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, it added in a statement.

Available rooms are expected to remain scarce ahead of the funeral, industry body UK Hospitality said.

“We are hearing from hoteliers in London that they have experienced an increase in bookings since the announcement last Thursday of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said.

“Demand will certainly remain high until the state funeral next Monday.”

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Accommodation is also under strain due to block bookings for additional police and other key personnel before, during and after the large-scale event.

– Prices are skyrocketing –

Hotel prices have exploded in line with strong demand.

A basic windowless basement room in Piccadilly Circus, central London, was available for £300 ($350) a night.

A basic windowless basement room in Piccadilly Circus, central London, was available for £300 ($350) a night.

And another similar room was £315 per night near Paddington station.

The Snoozebox Hotel in Stratford, east London, which offers no-frills, windowless rooms made from shipping containers, is only available after the funeral.

Rooms were also scarce this week in Edinburgh, where mourners thronged to view the Queen’s coffin ahead of her trip to London.

– ‘Very busy’ –

“We expect it to be extremely busy” in the coming days, a spokesman for new British Prime Minister Liz Truss said.

About 200,000 visitors filed past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth, the widow of King George VI, at Westminster Hall in 2002.

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“We expect to be much more than that,” the spokesperson added.

Some Londoners “may want to change their working habits accordingly” and work from home, he added.

The city’s transport authority says services will face very high demand in the Westminster area.

Network Rail, which runs Britain’s railways, warns that trains will be “unusually busy”, particularly from Wednesday.

Passengers “may wish to consider walking to their final destination in the capital”, he added, noting that road closures will be in place.

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