armadillo, on 31 December 2011 - 08:38 AM, said:
Given that nobody will be able to come to London and spend 14 days doing the Olympics, I'm not sure why everyone is so convinced that people aren't going to combine an afternoon in East London with a show in the evening.
I'd be chary of doing that because of transport, which is as yet unclear. I've got Olympic tickets for a 9am session in the main stadium, and I'm anticipating needing to be there well before nine in order to get into the venue (security, scrummages on platforms, etc). I suspect that getting out and away will not be quick either. So if I had an afternoon ticket, I'd be nervous about getting from there to the West End in time for curtain up. I think only the very, very keen with a detailed knowledge of London transport and a high threshold for risk (ie, not the typical Olympics-and-an-ALW-show crowd) would attempt to combine the two.
I think people who have Olympic tickets and are steeling themselves for paying for a night's accommodation might do show/night/Olympics, but the whole issue of what hotel bookings look like rears its head. You can have the Ibis Earls Court for £199 a night during the Olympics (!) and the Novotels in Kensington and Paddington are about £350. So rooms are available, but whether people will be willing to pay that sort of overage (about 100% premium on normal rates) is a very open question. Those with family and friends in London are laughing, those without rather less so.