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London visitors could face £1-a-night bed tax

Camden's iconic market.
Camden’s iconic market. Image by An Mai / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tourists visiting London could soon face a £1-a-night ‘bed tax’. Camden, which contains popular areas of central London like Bloomsbury and King’s Cross as well as the iconic Camden Market, is seeking to introduce a charge on visitors similar to levies already adopted in Berlin, Paris and Barcelona. The charge would require a change in the law, and Camden will seek to join with other London councils to lobby for the shift. Camden says the measure will help fund street cleaning and other services in tourist areas in the face of government spending cuts. Hotel owners have said any charge might discourage the tourists that have made London the most visited city in the world. Read more: theguardian.com