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Coming attractions: These London hotels should be open just in time for the Games

An aerial view of Olympic Stadium and the warm up track for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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The Bulgari Hotel

Opening June 1

Head to Knightsbridge to find this 85-room boutique luxury layover. Expect a contemporary design in shades of silver, a nod to the jewellery company's silversmith beginnings. The hotel will feature a two-floor spa, 25-metre swimming pool and private cinema with more than 500 films to choose from. Notably, the Bulgari will use sustainable geothermal energy throughout the hotel. 171 Knightsbridge;

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ME by Melia London

Opening July 15

Bespoke service at this new hotel will include "aura managers" who will gauge guests' moods and provide the appropriate assistance or advice. Located on the corner of the Strand and Aldwych, this 157-room property is being designed by Foster + Partners, a firm founded by legendary British architect Norman Foster. Head to the rooftop bar for 180-degree views of the city, and try to book the two-floor suite built into a turret for great city vistas. 336-337 the Strand;


Opening mid-July

Not far from the South Kensington tube station, a Victorian building gets a luxury renovation that mixes modern and quirky design. The 110-room hotel will feature a bakery, restaurant, gym and underground cocktail bar.

10 Harrington Rd.;

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Hilton London Wembley

Opens Aug. 13

Open in time for the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, this new hotel is located 20 minutes from downtown and right across the way from the iconic stadium. It's taking late-summer bookings now for the 361-room hotel that will feature all the amenities you expect from a Hilton – fitness and business centres, pool, sauna and fine dining.

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