Would You Pay $75 to Sleep Inside a London Cab?

Nate C. Hindman, The Huffington Post
A queue of London taxis have their lights on showing they are available for a fare in London, U.K.
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Expecting the price of London hotels to skyrocket during the Olympics, one local cab driver is offering guests a clean bed inside his taxi for just $75 a night.

By day, cabbie David Weekes battles the city’s brutal street traffic, now exacerbated by the much-maligned Olympic VIP lanes, which are off-limits to taxis. By night, Weekes plays B&B owner.

He outfits his vehicle with a mattress, bedding, an alarm clock and even a Paddington Bear stuffed animal, and offers the space to visitors in need of lodging. He parks the hotel on wheels in his driveway and allows guests to use the bathroom inside his home.

Other London drivers have cause to follow in Weekes’ footsteps. The city’s taxi operators have said they’re losing out on fares because the Olympic VIP lanes create so much congestion.

And taxi drivers are not the only locals claiming the uptick in sales expected from the London Olympics hasn’t materialized. Hoteliers are slashing prices 30 to 60 percent amid a surprising number of vacancies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Other tourists attractions such as museums and theaters are also struggling to compete with the Olympics, with attendance reportedly falling by a third.

“We’re bleeding, darling,” one theater owner recently told the Financial Times. No word yet on whether the theater has plans to double as a makeshift B&B.