A London black cab driver has turned his taxi into a portable ‘hotel’ room for one in an attempt to cash in on demand for accommodation during the 2012 Olympics.
David Weekes has pimped the back of his cab with a memory foam mattress, pillow and duvet — fitted with official Olympic pillow case and bed spread — as well as a bedside lamp, curtains and a Paddington Bear cuddly toy.
No hotel room would be complete with a minibar, and luckily Mr. Weekes has installed a small solar-powered fridge. He’s also installed an entertainment setup in the form of an iPad and can provide a portable table and a set of camping chairs — should you want to step out onto the balcony pavement.
The taxi, which can be booked via home rental site Wimdu.co.uk, can be hired from £50 per night. However you’d have to evacuate the mobile abode in the morning in order for Mr Weekes to start work.
Guests can specify where the cab is parked overnight so long as it’s legally permissible. If you park outside Mr. Weekes home in North London, he’ll allow you inside to use his bathroom. Room service is also possible provided you’re willing to phone a local take-away.
“I’m really excited that the Olympics are coming to the city but it’s going to be a nightmare for cab drivers,””he said. “When I heard that I could rent out my taxi, I thought it was a no-brainer.”
Here’s hoping Mr. Weekes has a fresh supply of air freshener for his customers the following morning. To book the cab for yourself, head over to Wimdu’s Web site.