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    tourists hotspots in central London and the west end are empty! regular tourists are staying away this year because of the anticipated travel chaos

    The Olympics is costing this country even more than the £9billion we have already forked out, god you could not make this stuff up!
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    Oxford Street (and the rest of central London) was stupidly busy when I went this weekend.
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    I'm going to London tonight.

    I'll report back to you all :sexface:
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    (Original post by extom)
    tourists hotspots in central London and the west end are empty! regular tourists are staying away this year because of the anticipated travel chaos

    The Olympics is costing this country even more than the £9billion we have already forked out, god you could not make this stuff up!
    So what? Should we cancel the Olympics now? "Sorry guys, the normally packed areas aren't so busy, and you've upset OP. Time to go home!"

    The areas that benefit every day from being in London and have made fantastic amounts of money for years aren't getting complete dominance of tourists for 2 weeks (someone else is having the fun) so that makes the Olympics a shocking thing? It's not like tourists are going to stay away forever, is it?

    Seems like you can make this stuff up...


    Edit: seems like not jumping on the Olympics-bashing train gets you negs these days!
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    Oxford Street is absolutely crazy. It's waaaay too crowded.

    How packed/empty is Westfield? I was planning to go tomorrow.
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    Yeah, I'm going up tomorrow aswell to see Badminton, will it be impossible to move around in Wembley?
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    blame the ridiculous over price strategy these shops have employed.....so what Central London is finally taking a hit because of the shop owners own stupidity...maybe they should take an example from the shops in Stratford Westfield and other shops close to Olympic venues and offer discounts to people holding Official tickets.....

    the Tesco near to where I work in Central London all of a sudden their prices went up by at least 50% on basic stuff..... and the stuff they usually had offers on for over year eg 4 bagels for £1 or 4 rolls for £1 have all of a sudden disappeared and they are now 45p each.....the cinnamon rolls that were 60p are now 80p..... a can of energy drink Kix which was 47p is now 60p......

    so they have only themselves to blame...most tourists already know that London has the worldwide reputation of being the most expensive tourist city and plan accordingly....and to add insult to injury the shop owners increase prices....

    it's expensive enough on a regular for us who live here far more for people who probably been saving up for 4 years or more for the chance to be at an olympics......so they will make themselves more price aware and look for where they can make the most out of their dollar/yen/euro etc
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    the Olympics are like the royals

    freebies galore and we end up paying for it!
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    (Original post by HighwayUnicorn)
    Oxford Street is absolutely crazy. It's waaaay too crowded.

    How packed/empty is Westfield? I was planning to go tomorrow.
    Westfield STRATFORD is packed everyday....and if you happen to go there just at the end of any competition its manic....and the full on track competitions haven't started at the stadium yet...
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    I was at westfield on Tuesday. It was packed. Absolutely crazy
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    I'm going to London tonight.

    I'll report back to you all :sexface:
    Shall I be seeing you in London? I'm heading out into central London too.
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    (Original post by ddthm)
    blame the ridiculous over price strategy these shops have employed.....so what Central London is finally taking a hit because of the shop owners own stupidity...maybe they should take an example from the shops in Stratford Westfield and other shops close to Olympic venues and offer discounts to people holding Official tickets.....

    the Tesco near to where I work in Central London all of a sudden their prices went up by at least 50% on basic stuff..... and the stuff they usually had offers on for over year eg 4 bagels for £1 or 4 rolls for £1 have all of a sudden disappeared and they are now 45p each.....the cinnamon rolls that were 60p are now 80p..... a can of energy drink Kix which was 47p is now 60p......

    so they have only themselves to blame...most tourists already know that London has the worldwide reputation of being the most expensive tourist city and plan accordingly....and to add insult to injury the shop owners increase prices....

    it's expensive enough on a regular for us who live here far more for people who probably been saving up for 4 years or more for the chance to be at an olympics......so they will make themselves more price aware and look for where they can make the most out of their dollar/yen/euro etc
    How much did you pay for your fullstop button? Do you feel you're getting value for money?
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    I'm going to London tonight.

    I'll report back to you all :sexface:
    Yeah please do

    OP: My parents plan to go to the west end when they saw theatre tickets were discounted as much as 50%. I expect the news may have stirred more people to actually visit London and spend money now.
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    (Original post by jumpingjesusholycow)
    Shall I be seeing you in London? I'm heading out into central London too.
    I'll be in Hackney for a couple of days until the Table Tennis on Thursday then shopping Friday/Saturday which should be good.
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    Most people who would normally go to Central/West london are refraining from doing so because of all the hype of it being 'jam packed' it's even stopped quite a few of my mates who keep saying it'll be way too packed. Well I went on Monday and the tube was running normal in terms of how packed it was and places such as Piccadilly Circus was less packed than usual.
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    Woops wrong thread
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    I think we all knew they were going to be a huge economic drain with so many people ditching work to watch them. Olympics, World Cup, Euros - it happens like clockwork.
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    Enjoy the Olympics- I'm off to the boxing this evening.
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    (Original post by extom)
    tourists hotspots in central London and the west end are empty! regular tourists are staying away this year because of the anticipated travel chaos

    The Olympics is costing this country even more than the £9billion we have already forked out, god you could not make this stuff up!
    What do you mean by this statement? Is such a scenario so hard to conjure up?
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    (Original post by Fynch101)
    What do you mean by this statement? Is such a scenario so hard to conjure up?
    It did seem a bit over dramatic!

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