October 29, 2012, 12:44 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The world's top 8 tennis players will fill Greenwich's 02 Arena for a very loud and very lucrative end-of-year tournament. The ATP World Tour Finals, which has been hosted in London for the last three years.
The ATP World Tour Finals moved from Shanghai to London in 2009, and it has retained – and built on – a reputation for big bucks, large spectacle and a lot of (often quite awkward) song, dance, lights and glitter.
Welcoming the world's top-8 players at the end of the year, the tournament has 8 days of tennis, leading to a knock-out round in the latter part of the week, with the two victorious semi-finalists (who also have to qualify from their group stage) battling it out for a huge kitty of $4.45 million.
The event has a huge celebrity draw, as the matches are played fast and frequent, usually with 2 per afternoon and evening session, mixing doubles and singles. Stars like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already qualified, so big names are guaranteed.
For those travelling up especially, and there are still some great value tickets to be had, LondonTown.com has made the most of its 15 years experience sourcing discounts and deals on London hotels. There are plenty of early offers to be got on hotels near or in close travelling distance to the 02.
There are some brilliant cheap offers on Holiday Inn Express locations – the Holiday Inn London Limehouse, which is 2 miles from the venue, has double rooms on 12 th November (the final day) from £74 per night, which includes breakfast and saves 75% off the full price.
A few miles north east of Greenwich is the Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford, with double rooms for £79 per night, including breakfast and offering a discount of 84%.