With the Olympics coming, England is gearing up for a big 2012, and that means an influx of tourists. Those visiting the UK should consider options from Living Architecture, which are a far cry from the traditional city hotels.

Accommodation choices include a converted boat perched atop the roof of a building at the Southbank Centre arts complex or a long house in Suffolk, half rooted to the crest of a hill. Creatively led by pop philosopher and author Alain de Botton, the UK-based organization enlists international architects for their functional and aesthetically exceptional designs.

Prices start from $1264 for a four-night break (most of the houses sleep 8-10 people). Though the boat-el is all booked up till December 2012, check the Living Architecture website, for more information and special offers.