London Olympics swimming tickets oversold by 10,000

London Olympics swimming tickets oversold by 10,000Team GB in practice. Photo: PA


The London Olympics 2012 is one of the hottest tourist tickets in the world right now.

But thousands of people who bought tickets to see synchronised swimming at London 2012 have been asked to return them - after organisers sold 10,000 too many.

When the first round of sales went live last March - when 1.9 million people entered a ballot for 700,000 tickets - synchronised swimming was an event that was not oversubscribed.

So, it was put back on sale, but a 'human data error' meant that thousands of tickets that didn't actually exist were made available.

About 3,000 customers who snapped up these 10,000 'phantom' tickets have been contacted by Games organisers Locog, and offered the chance to swap their tickets for other events for which they also applied, but were unsuccessful.

So, many of them will now get to see higher profile and more expensive events, like athletics or diving.

According to the Daily Mail, these spare tickets will be taken from the 1.3 million 'contingency' tickets that are due to go on sale this spring, which, it could be argued, will further reduce other people's chances of getting them.

The mistake happened during the second round of sales when 2.3 million tickets were sold online in June 2011.

A London 2012 spokeswoman told the BBC: "As a result of finalising the seating configurations in our venues and reconciling the millions of Olympic and Paralympic ticket orders against the seating plans for around 1,000 sporting sessions, we have discovered an error in seats available in four synchronised swimming sessions.

"In December we contacted around 3,000 customers who had applied for tickets in the four sessions during the second round sales process. We are exchanging their synchronised swimming tickets for tickets in other sports that they originally applied for."

Meanwhile, tomorrow is the launch of the first day when unwanted Olympic tickets can be resold at cost price.

The sale will start at 9am on the London 2012 website and run until 3 February.

It is said to be the only legal way to re-sell tickets, and has been arranged to combat the effect of ticket touts.

Will you be going to the Olympics? Check out some of the best places to stay in London...

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If you're looking for romance in the city, check into the Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, which is a sanctuary from the bustling London life. The rooms boast authentic Georgian features, beautiful vintage sofas and Egyptian cotton linens, plus some have antique-style bathtubs - perfect for a romantic night in! For an intimate dinner, the English Dining Room has private corners and serves traditional British food. Book: A Medium room and request one with a bath from £255 per night. Visit deanstreettownhouse.com

Enjoy the ultimate spa experience at the contemporary K West Hotel in West Kensington. The spa has a stylish hydrotherapy pool, an icy Snow Paradise, Kuddles wall loungers (pictured) for relaxing after your treatments and an aromatic herbal steam room among other cool spa features. Around the hotel there are sleek rooms, the laidback K Lounge, the Quiet Zone and creative dishes in the Kanteen Restaurant. Book: The Suite Dreams package in the K Suite for the huge Philippe Starck tub, oversized showers and high pressure body jets as well as a 1-hour Aromatherapy Massage or Facial and a champagne breakfast for £529 per night. Visit k-west.co.uk

Stylish urbanites will feel right at home at Hotel Verta, which is located on the south of the River Thames in Battersea. With its cutting edge setting among chic restaurants and office buildings in Battersea, the place to be seen, Hotel Verta's luxurious rooms and sleek, modern feel has just the right amount of cosy, old-fashioned features attracting trendy city slickers. It's adjacent to the London Heliport too so you can really arrive in style! The most exclusive spot is in the Patrisey restaurant where you can see who's coming into London by helicopter and the Vertilan Bar offers panoramic views of the Thames and classy cocktails. Book: A Metropolitan room with its rich furniture, books and maps from £128 per night. Visit hotelverta.com

Discover the city's urban countryside at London Syon Park where you'll stay in one of 137 elegant bedrooms and enjoy a true foodie experience with fresh, seasonal and home-grown food served in the restaurants. The Capability restaurant has rustic and seasonal British cuisine and Brownies is for the child in you, offering sundaes, fun non-alcoholic cocktails, brownies and lots more sweet treats. The biggest attraction for food lovers is the Edible Garden which allows you to sample dishes with vegetables and herbs that have grown onsite while sat at the chef's table in the greenhouse (pictured). The bedrooms are luxurious and cosy - think vintage-style velour chairs and cutting edge technology. Be sure to check out the spa where you can relax in the pool and choose from an array of treatments. Book: A Syon Suite for spectacular views of Syon Park from £309 per night. Visit londonsyonpark.com

A five-star hotel may not be the first place you think of bringing the kids but you won't be disappointed if you check the whole family into The Athenaeum. Before you even arrive at the hotel the staff will get to know your children's hobbies so they're full of ideas during your stay. There are science experiments with bubbling potions, a treasure hunt around London, art and crafts sessions at the Serpentine Gallery and the chance for your child to make their own London documentary about Harry Potter, the Houses of Parliament or London Zoo. Other kid-friendly services at the hotel include a dedicated kids' concierge, milk and cookies before bed and in-house nannies. For the parents there's a luxury restaurant and bar, an indulgent spa and heavenly rooms that include pillow menus, your favourite magazines and glorious views of London. Book: A luxury apartment adjoining the hotel so the whole family can experience living like locals in Mayfair. It includes a fully stocked kitchen, CDs, DVDs and iPod docks, bunk beds and stylish sofas for everyone to enjoy from £516 per night for two adults and two children. Visit athenaeumhotel.com

Budget-conscious visitors to London will love the new Aloft London Excel located in the Docklands. Urban design, loft-style rooms and a buzzing bar scene make this hotel somewhere affordable where you'll want to be seen. It's perfectly located near the Olympic Park, the O2 and Westfield Stratford and there's fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel plus free access to the re:charge gym and the splash swimming pool. The rooms have high ceilings, oversized windows and comfortable beds as well as walk-in showers with Bliss Spa products. Check out the wxyz bar for its cool cocktails and regular DJ nights. Book: A large from £139 per night. Visit aloftlondonexcel.com

This iconic London hotel is the epitome of luxury, located in fashionable Mayfair and with a history of hosting royal guests. The Art Deco and Victorian-style decor of the rooms, plush dining spaces like Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, The Reading Room and The Foyer, plus award-winning afternoon tea make Claridge's perfect for those in search of a decadent stay in the city. Top designers like Diane von Furstenberg have left their mark on the hotel and you can choose from lavish rooms, suites and penthouses with terraces and views across London. Book: A suite from £720 per night. claridges.co.uk

Tucked away in a quiet side street in London's King's Cross is the quirky Rough Luxe Hotel where historic Georgian Terrace house meets unconventional and arty interiors. There's a mixture of the old and new with original distressed walls combined with beautiful fabrics. It may look like the builders haven't finished their job but look a little closer and you'll find opulent wallpaper, modern pieces of art and top quality furniture. There are eight cosy rooms with fine linen and characterful furniture. Cutlery, crockery and furniture were bought at auction at the Savoy Hotel and the dining table where you eat breakfast is made from wood salvaged from Brighton Pier. Book: The small en-suite with double bed that has art by Aki Koruda and Rabih Hage for £149 per night. Visit roughluxe.co.uk

Enjoy stunning views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at the Marriott Hotel County Hall set on London's South Bank. It was originally built as a seat of government and retains its historic architecture while boasting a prominent position along the River Thames. The Rotunda Lounge and The Library Lounge offer magnificent views, so whether you're having breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner you won't have to miss out on the stunning surroundings. The hotel is steps away from the London Eye too so when you've taken in the views from the hotel you can hop onto a capsule and see even more of London and the Thames. Book: The Big Ben Executive room that looks straight out onto the landmark from £229 per night. Visit marriott.com

If you fancy rubbing shoulders with fashionistas, jetsetters and musicians in a stylish and vibrant setting, check into W London located in the entertainment centre of Leicester Square. The cool W Lounge serves cocktails and bites, the Sweat fitness centre offers rooftop views of Soho while you workout and the bedrooms have true wow factor with names like Wonderful, Fabulous and Marvellous. The Whatever/Whenever service allows you to have any wish granted, whether it's a pair of limited edition Prada shoes or dinner under the stars at The Serpentine! Book: The EWOW Suite that comes complete with a rotating Chesterfield sofa, a walk-in dressing area, a double jacuzzi and four-person shower from £3,500 per night - it doesn't get more glamorous than this! A Wonderful room costs from £339 per night. Visit http://www.wlondon.co.uk/

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