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    Hotel accommodations
    in London is becoming harder to find.

    Twenty-five per cent of the estimated?

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    Hotel accommodations
    in London is becoming harder to find.

    Twenty-five per cent of the estimated eight million tourists who will visit the
    United Kingdom this year are under 24-years-old. And it is this age group which
    is hardest hit.

    This year many European travel organisations have block-booked the inexpensive
    youth hostel facilities. This has left the non-group youngster, who in the pat
    could arrive in England and be virtually assured of a roof, to fend for

    Christian Action, a London-based charity organisation, has come to the aid of
    the wandering, un-placed youngsters. In the London suburb of Wormwood Scrubs the
    group has established a tent city which presently sleeps 150 persons per night.

    Christian Action officials expect that by the end of the summer rush the "city"
    will be temporary home to 500 per night.

    The prices, well within the mans of the young tourist, average around 30p (75
    cents) for a bunk-bed and blanket. With toilet and washroom facilities
    available, many of the occupants say the area compares favourably with hostel

    SYNOPSIS: These are the luxury accommodations in London's tent city which houses
    the growing number of young travellers who cannot find or cannot afford hotel or
    youth hostel lodgings.

    There are no wakeup calls and the neighbours rarely complain in this site set up
    by Christian Action...a London charity organisation.

    A bed with blanket costs the unplaced tourist 30 new pence (approximately
    75-cents). And guests such as Alan Williamson of Zambia are happy to pay.

    Mary Lou Collins of Brisbane, Australia plans her day's activities while the
    late risers make their way to the washroom facilities on the converted football

    Running water and soap are precious commodities. The tourists take advantage of
    the sanitary condition but learn quickly the hours allocated for washing.

    The day really starts for the 150-tourists the camp has been taking in each
    night, when the refreshment wagon arrives around 9 o'clock each morning.

    Breakfast is cheap and taken informally on the lawns which Christian Action
    expect will house five hundred wanderers a night before the summer rush is

    Hans Otto and his friend from Mahl, Germany summed up the feeling of most
    campers by calling this experience an exciting adventure.

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