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If you like accommodation that's a bit quirky, a bit off-beat, a bit - if you will - up in the air, then put this date in your diary: 19th January, 2012. This is when online booking opens for one of the more extraordinary accommodation options London has to offer. The dates on offer for your special stay run from July to December 2012.

The organizers recently ran online booking for dates in the first half of next year, but it sold out quick. So now you have a second chance.

The accommodation is inside what looks like a boat perched high above the ground, on top of the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

It's a one-bedroom affair, created by architects as part of the upcoming London 2012 Festival. The room/boat comprises an en-suite double bedroom, kitchenette, library and viewing deck.

The wonderful design is the result of a competition called A Room for London, which attracted more than 500 entries from artists and architects based all around the world.

Behind the idea is a new social enterprise by the name of Living Architecture, set up to revolutionise both architecture and UK holiday rentals. It calls A Room for London "a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic at this iconic location in the capital."

The views from the accommodation are, by all accounts, magnificent, with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament off to the west and St. Paul's Cathedral along the Thames to the east. Guests who stay at the unique Room for London will have "all the creature comforts that one would expect in a good hotel."

Upon arrival, you'll be given a nautical flag which should be hoisted to signify that the 'boat' is occupied. And when you leave, you'll be asked to fill in a log book outlining your experiences and feeling during your stay.

This is contemporary architecture at its most playful, beguiling and thought-provoking," Living Architecture's website says.

The unusual accommodation is already so popular that its operators are considering plonking it on top of other London landmarks in the future.

I'm not quite sure how it would look on top of Big Ben, but I'd love to see it balanced on top of Buckingham Palace. You could even invite the Queen for tea.
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Why? London accommodation can sometimes be dull and predictable. Not this place.
When: Booking opens 19th January 2012 for a stay between July and December 2012.
Where: On top of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
Cost: From 120 a night (for up to two people).
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