With the London Open just 5 weeks away, I guess many of you are still pondering whether or not to attend the tournament, and doubtless are weighing up the cost of a few days in the capital. While the venue is not so central as to approach Park Lane prices, hotel costs can still be daunting. Consequently, I have made it my task to find some cheaper options for you.
Last year, as some of you may remember, I began a “stay with me” initiative. I offered to put up a backgammon player attending the London Open and asked others to do the same. In the end, it was all a bit late in the day, and only one person was able to take advantage of this scheme. This year, I have set the ball rolling a little earlier, and can offer several places with players living in the London area. Some of these are free, some will make an Airbnb type charge (see below) of up to £30 per night.
If you are interested in taking up this offer, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following details:
- Number of nights required (presumably 2, 3 or 4)
- Whether a single, double or twin room required
- How much you are prepared to pay for each person (£0, £10, £20, £30)
- Any special requirements (e.g. smoking)
Please do respond quickly as spaces are very limited, and it will of course take a little time to match offers of rooms with people.
We’d also like to hear from you if you would like to accommodate someone!
If these spaces are all taken, not all is lost! If it is still a hotel you are looking for, you can hardly do better than the Hackney Travelodge, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the venue, and has rooms around the £50/night mark.
A still cheaper option is Airbnb. For those of you not familiar with this organisation, it allows ordinary folk to offer rooms in their homes for a price which usually undercuts hotels and bed and breakfasts. A quick search on their website reveals around 20 possible homes within a mile of the venue, ranging from £30-45 per night. Airbnb is often a particularly good option for a couple, as frequently the charge is the same for a couple as for a singleton.
Finally, and moving even further down the cost scale, given that the tournament is taking place during the summer months, camping is another great option. It might not have occurred to many people that this is even possible in the capital, but the Lee Valley camping and caravan site for example is just £11.50 per person per night. This facility is within a mile of Ponders End station which has a direct service to Hackney Downs, right next to Dalston Heights, our venue for the tournament. The journey takes just 12 minutes.
Once you are here, I am sure many of you will also take advantage of my “Local’s Guide to Hackney“, which highlights nearby pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as other amenities.
I do hope that some of you will be encouraged to come to London, take in the sights, mix with the locals, and enjoy what promises to be a great tournament!
Seats in the London Open are disappearing – there’s a strict limit of 128 in each of the Pro and Open divisions and when they are gone, that’s it! Make sure you get yours by registering now. Do also get in touch if you’re interested in joining an exclusive evening dinner with Mochy at Sardo on the 26th August…