ABOVE: The Lanesborough overlooks Hyde Park and Wellington Arch.
We're staying away from London during the Olympics, and after our last trip through the chaos of Heathrow, we'd suggest that you join us in steering clear of the city during busy periods. Still, if you can't resist cheering your country's athletes on from the stadium sidelines, you'll be wanting a place to stay. We suggest starting your room search at The Lanesborough, a hotel in Knighsbridge that faces Hyde Park.
During the Olympics, you can rent The Lanesborough Suite for a mere £14,000, or approximately US $21,700, per night. (VAT is extra.) If that sounds steep, consider what you'll be getting: More than 4,000 square feet of space with four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, two living rooms, a dining room, and a kitchen. With all that space, you could bring Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and a cousin or two to keep you company during the Olympic Games.
Other guest perks include 24-hour butler service, a complimentary chauffer-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom, and pressing of a change of clothes upon your arrival. (Why spend money at the dry cleaner's when you can have your suit pressed for free?)
Less expensive rooms also may be available, whether for you or for your servants. To check availablility and rates, or to book The Lanesborough Suite, visit www.lanesborough.com.
BELOW: A bedroom in The Lanesborough Suite.
Photos: The Lanesborough.