Queen Elizabeth II’s death set to spark massive demand for hotels in London


With the death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this week, London could see an increase in demand for accommodation as visitors flock to the UK capital to pay their respects to the country’s longest-serving monarch.

“The eyes of the world are going to be on London for the next 10 days,” Thomas Emanuel, senior director of STR, which provides data analytics for the hospitality industry, told MarketWatch. “There will be an influx of media, an influx of dignitaries and an influx of people who just want to be there.”

STR does not provide forward-looking data on hotel rates, but Emanuel expects to see strong demand for accommodation in London during the UK’s 10-day national mourning period.

After decades in the making, a plan known as ‘Operation London Bridge’ lays out the events of the period of mourning, which include the monarch’s beheading at Parliament’s Westminster Hall and a state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

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The UK’s last state funeral was held for Winston Churchill in 1965. Over 300,000 mourners marched past Churchill’s coffin at Westminster Hall and a million people gathered along the route of his funeral procession , according to History.com.

With throngs of people expected to visit the capital to pay their respects to the late Queen, the UK government’s Cabinet Office issued advice for visitors to London on Friday. “We recognize that many people will visit Buckingham Palace and other royal residences as a sign of respect,” he said. “We expect large crowds, which may pose public safety risks.”

“As you would expect, a number of organizations will now be making practical preparations, including contingency planning for state funerals and related events,” the Cabinet Office added. “Further details will be available shortly.”

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Social media users have already seen a rise in prices for some London hotels.

“I was looking to book a Marriott hotel in London yesterday before our Queen died for this coming Sunday £116 now £260”, tweeted a user as @Martinp12411552.

“Hotels in Belgravia and Mayfair, #London take the cookie,” tweeted another by the name Henrietta under the handle @XH487. “They have blocked locked bookings for HM The Queen’s funeral to sell at triple plus rates!

“This should be marked as a betrayal!” they added.

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