You can join the Queen in London this June, at the height of her Golden
Jubilee celebrations, and stay for as little as $45 per person per night
(sharing a double room). To quote directly from an old British sitcom
("Are You Being Served?"), "How do they do it, you may ask?"
You do it by staying with Coach House London Vacation Rentals, which
specializes in short term renting out of apartments, coach houses and the
like. They say they have prices as low as the above-mentioned $45 in The
Coach House, an old Victorian garage for horses and carriages, and that
this price includes a big English breakfast (kippers, anyone?)
Some of their other rentals include a three-bedroom apartment in the
heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, sleeping 6 or 7 persons, from $330 per
night ($47 per person if there are 7). Your own cottage in London can be
rented for a family of 5 for $215 a night ($43 per person). Going upscale
a bit, stay in a late Georgian, typically English Cottage sleeping 5 for
$250 a night ($50 per person). The owner is a titled Lady, who is said to
come from one of the oldest families in England and who traces her
ancestry back to a wife (one of many) of Henry VIII.
June has always been the height of the London season, and this year is
particularly so, with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Queen
Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, from June 1 to 4th. The
celebrations go on all year, actually, but reach their peak in June, with
the Queen's Birthday parade (Trooping the Colour) on June 1, 8 and 15,
with rehearsals on the first two dates, the real thing on the 15th.
Tickets are sold out, but you can watch with the crowd. Details
Also in June is Royal Ascot (June 18-22, http://www.ascot-authority.co.uk/)
and Derby Day (June 10, http://www.epsomderby.com/) for
horse (and fashion) lovers, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships (June
24 to July 7, http://www.wimbledon.org/), and the
opening of The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition (June 11 to August 19, http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/).
Coach House London Vacation Rentals can be reached at www.rentals.chslondon.com,
and for The Coach House itself www.coachhouse.chslondon.com.