As visitors from around the world continue to pour into London for this summer’s Olympics, one local cab driver is offering an alternative to skyrocketing accommodation prices: a clean bed inside his taxi for $75 a night, reported the Huffington Post on Wednesday.
David Weekes currently leads a double life. He takes on ruthless London street traffic by day, which has be worsened by Olympic VIP lanes that prohibit taxis from travelling on. By night, Weekes appears to be a Bed & Breakfast owner.
His mobile hotel contains a mattress, bedding, alarm clock, and the iconic stuffed Paddington Bear. He parks his cab on his driveway, allowing guests to make use of his home’s bathroom.
Weekes’ has set off a trend for other London drivers, as the city’s cabbies said they are suffering fare loss due to the congestion the Olympic VIP lanes generate.
Cab drivers aren’t the only locals complaining of the over-anticipation of increasing sales from the Olympics.
Hoteliers are reducing their rates by 30 to 60 percent due to an unexpected amount of vacancies, according to the Wall Street Journal. Moreover, museums, theaters and other tourist attractions are facing difficulty in rivaling the Olympics, reporting a drop in attendance by a third.