May 4, 2012— -- intro: With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London less than three months away, ticket holders -- and those who just want to be in London, tickets or not -- need a place to crash. While there are hotel rooms still available, most are pricey and not necessarily the best choice for groups.
With that in mind, vacation rental-home site FlipKey.com has combed through its London listings for homes available to rent during the Olympics.
We've listed the prices per week during the Olympics, but many of the properties can be rented for less than a week on a per-night bais.
Click through the next few pages to see seven properties you can rent today, starting with the least expensive.
quicklist: 1category: title: Boutique Studio Chelsea Flaturl: text: This studio flat in a "buzzy" part of Chelsea has one double bed and one single bed. The description reads "small," and says it is perfect for a single traveler, a couple, or a couple with one child. It has a washer and dryer. Nearest tubes are South Kensington, Earls Court and Fulham Broadway.
Going rate during the Olympics: $1,620 per week.
quicklist: 2category: title:Central London Apartmenturl: text:Located in central London, this one-bed, one-bath apartment sleeps three. Imperial Wharf, with connections to the underground, is a two-minute walk away, and London's famous King's Road is a 10-minute walk away. It has a security system and wireless Internet.
Going rate during the Olympics is $1,780 per week.
quicklist: 3category: title:Bloomsbury Two Bedroomurl: text: This two-bed, one-bath apartment is located in a refurbished 200-year-old Georgian town house in the historic Bloomsbury district. It sleeps four and has high-speed Internet access. There are laundry facilities in the building.
Going rate during the Olympics is $2,680 per week.
quicklist: 4category: title: River Thames Rentalurl: text: This two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows has views of the river Thames. It is directly next to the Vauxhall Bridge and just over the bridge are some of London's most famous attractions, including the Tate Britain, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. The apartment has 11 customer reviews and an average rating of 4.5-out-of-5 stars and sleeps five people.
Going rate during the Olympics is $2,760 per week.
quicklist: 5category: title: Walking Distance to Olympic Siteurl: text:Within walking distance of the London Olympic site, this one-bed, one-bath apartment sleeps four people. It's in a gated complex with a 24-hour concierge and wireless Internet. It also has a balcony. The nearest underground station is Bow Road, a seven-minute walk away.
Going rate during the Olympics is $3,200 per week
quicklist: 6category: title: Thames View Apartmenturl: text: This three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,000-square-foot apartment sleeps eight people and is located in Vauxhall, with River Thames views. All three bedrooms have queen beds. The apartment has a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and high-speed Internet access. The apartment has 16 customer reviews and a 5-out-of-5 stars rating.
Going rate during the Olympics is $3,385
quicklist: 7category: title: London Water Towerurl: text: With views of the Olympic venues from the observatory of this converted water tower, this five-bedroom, five-bath unit is 3,000 square feet total. It sleeps 10 people. As an added bonus for architecture buffs, this home has been featured in magazines and the show "House Hunters on Vacation." It even has the option to book a "first-class package" which includes airport transfers, a luxury welcome pack and a catered evening meal.
Going rate during the Olympics: $12,000 per week