It is amazing to watch the main Olympic park in East London take shape over the last few months. With most of the main buildings already finished, and the area around being transformed into a new, large park, it's really beginning to feel that the Games are not far off now.
Home Base Holidays members have been quick off the mark to offer homes within easy reach of the various venues for home exchange during all or part of the periods of the Olympics and Paralympics.
Now is definitely a great time to start planning a home swap to London or any of the other venue locations. As Home Base Holidays is based in London and has been running a home exchange service since 1985, membership gives you access to the largest choice of up-to-date home exchange offers in London and throughout Britain during the Olympics. Note: a keyword search for 'Olympics' and 'Olympic Games' is a handy way to start searching for possible exchange partners during London 2012 but do also search generally on London or other venue locations for increased choice.
Samples of some of the homes available for exchange during the Olympics:
A house (pictured) in Camden, very central, yet with pare terre garden, balcony and roof terrace! Ship's stair to roof, but not a ladder. Easy access. walking distance to The Roundhouse and key music venues. Direct bus/tube routes to theatres of West End, the City etc. transport connections. Roof access means this is not suitable for very young children. Full home exchange offer, 23046
An apartment in the heart of London's fashionable East End, less than a minute from Tube lines which will take you all across the city. Close to the markets, bars and restaurants of Brick Lane and Shoreditch, London's most arty area, also a short hop from the Olympic Park and 15 mins walk to a beautiful park or lovely canal walks. Full home exchange offer, 25954
It's hard to believe our extended semi-detached house is in London: it's on an unmade road opposite a beautiful stretch of Epping Forest, with a lake. We are in Highams Park, 25 minutes (10 miles) from Central London on the commuter train (four an hour - station eight minutes walk) and there are tube links too. Woodford golf course is 15 minutes walk. Full home exchange offer, 25566
Lovely semi detached 3 bedroom house with off-street parking on the quietest of roads and, unusual for London, the house has a 30 metre long rear garden. Less than 50 metres from a wonderful park with tennis courts and good play facilities for young children. Plus 10 minutes walk away Crystal Palace Park with a 50 metre swimming pool amongst numerous other sport and recreational facilities. The area is an attractive and very safe residential suburb of London. Easy 10 minute walk to rail station and then regular trains into London (18 minutes to London Bridge and the Underground). Direct rail link to Olympic Park. Full home exchange offer, 23955
Quintessential English village set in the heart of the Surrey Hills. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty. A Converted Victorian Mansion (pictures above) into private individual residencies. Our home has a Superb quiet corner position, situated on first floor (top floor) with stairs & lift/elevator. A gated community set in natural grounds of nine acres. Nestled at the foot of the North Downs the area is very popular with walkers, cyclists & horse riders. Our village will form part of the London 2012 Olympic cycle race for both the men and ladies competition. Full home exchange offer, 22544
Victorian Cottage in the Historic town of Dorchester. Quiet setting, and perfect to explore the Jurassic Coast and rural Dorset. Good transport links to Bath, Bristol, Exeter,and South Coast. London 2.5 hours Seaside is 6 miles, with exceptional coastal walks, lovely beaches and sailing. Easy walk to local pubs, restaurants. We have enjoyed successful exchanges. Happy to consider swops if anyone is wanting to visit this area for the 2012 Sailing Olympics. Full home exchange offer, 24197