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London Hotel Prices Surge More Than 30% Ahead of the Queen’s Funeral

Staying within walking distance of Buckingham Palace will cost you.

The Claridges Hotel in London.

The Claridges Hotel in London.

Photographer: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

If you’re looking to book a hotel room in London ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, get ready to pay up.

The average price for a London hotel room this weekend is 30% higher than it was for the same weekend in 2019, and 39.5% higher than it was last year while travel was still depressed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data from travel website Trivago shared with Bloomberg. Searches have doubled since compared to the same period in 2019, according to Trivago.