Doubtless, London will be a little busier on 29 April, as the crowds gather for the royal wedding. Those frustrated in seeking an affordable hotel room may have another option: a camping pitch on Clapham Common.
The south London open space could accommodate up to 10,000 people, reckon would-be tent-masters Camp Royale. The company hopes to offer something a little more classy than your typical canvas collective. We're promised a giant television screen, a 'luxury zone' with sheepskin rugs and giant teepees, hot showers, toilets, full security and...get this...free tea.
But is the three-day extravaganza a done deal? According to the BBC, Lambeth Council won't say if a licence has been granted, whereas the Mail (last updated before the BBC post) has a council spokesperson bigging up the event. Confusing. And despite positive reporting it's impossible to believe there won't be a few voices of local opposition a la the On Blackheath festival.
Image by peterhayward28 in the Londonist Flickr pool.