For the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away after a historic seven decades on the throne, royal admirers have flocked to the center of London to see the flag-lined roadways, pomp-filled processions, and, above all, brave a miles-long wait. Additionally, they are filling up the local hotels, eateries, and businesses.
At a time when the British economy is experiencing a cost-of-living crisis brought on by the greatest inflation in four decades and forecasts of an impending recession, visitors thronging into central London from as far afield as the U.S. and India for the historic occasion are helping businesses.
This week, Kanakkantt Benedict, who was coming from India with his wife and was walking past the queen’s flag-draped casket, observed, “This is the history, you know, this happens once in a lifetime.” “Therefore, we joined it.”
The pomp and pageantry leading up to the funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch highlighted the power of the royal family as a global draw, from the elaborate military procession for her crown-topped coffin that drew live viewers from around the world to the mounds of flowers that filled Green Park near Buckingham Palace and the hasty production of mementos in souvenir shops in response to the public’s demand.
In the four days before the queen’s official funeral on Monday, hundreds of thousands are anticipated to pay their respects. As a result, demand for hotel rooms in central London has increased, sometimes driving up prices by a factor of two.
When they arrive for the queen’s funeral, hundreds of foreign leaders, including the emperor and empress of Japan and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, require places to stay. Likewise, police were sent from all throughout Britain to aid in security.
According to London-based group booking website Hotelplanner.com, occupancy levels may hit a record-high of 95%.
According to duty manager Riaz Badar, all 35 rooms at the two-star Corbigoe Hotel in London’s Victoria district, close to Buckingham Palace, were reserved.
There are now no available rooms in the vicinity, including at our hotel and the other hotels, according to Badar.