The Olympic Games is going to be the biggest British - if not global - event the country has seen since the millennium.
Tourists from every corner of the earth are going to descend on the capital to be a part of the sporting spectacle.
And it is a spectacle not to be missed. But major sporting events like the Olympics can take their toll on your bank balance. However, the cost of attending the world's most famous sporting event isn't the only issue facing travellers. Tickets are going to be in high demand (particularly for the more prestigious events), transport across London is going to be a nightmare at the best of times and accommodation is going to be tricky to get hold of.
But with a bit of forethought, you can avoid the heartache of heading into one of the busiest cities on the planet as it swells to bursting point. For example, you could think about camping
during the Games, instead of paying over the odds for a poky B&B on the outskirts of Stratford.Camping
at the Games is already letting plots to sports fanatics who don't mind pitching a tent
in central London. The firm has teamed up with numerous sports clubs across the city - and further afield - to offer relatively cheap accommodation in London terms.
In fact, packing a tent
and heading to the Games is a viable option for the whole family as the firm is charging just £10 per night per adult and £5 for children.
Co-founder of Camping
at the Games Rhian Evans told the Guardian: "The price of staying in London over the summer is extortionate but on our campsites a family of four can stay for £30 a night. Even staying in a budget hotel will cost a lot of money this summer and our campsites will have an Olympic atmosphere."
There really is no better time to visit London than during the Olympics - especially if you have some cheap, outdoor accommodation lined up that doesn't break the bank. Just make sure you leave space in your backpack
for your Team GB shirt.