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06 Jul 2014 - 18:11114516
London October MCM Expo... Help?!
Hi there~

So, me and my two friends are saving up and planning to go to this years October MCM Expo. The trouble is that this is our first time planning to go and we have no idea on how to go about it. Could you please help us?

We are trying to keep the price down at all costs! With all three of us unemployed and tight for money, we need to cut some corners but not dangerously so.

What would be the best course of action for us?

We all come from the Torbay area of the UK and where planning on taking the train, though this will most likely cost a hell of a lot, right?

Is there a coach service that goes from the Torbay area to London? Perhaps even from Exeter to London?
Also... where is the best place to get off in London? London City Airport? That is close to the Excel Centre I think.

Another thing we need to worry about is the accommodation. Do you have any recommendations or tips on how to do this? It would have to be somewhere nearby, I guess (though we don't mind having to take the tube if needed to keep prices down.)

Where do you normally go and is it possible to simple book a room just as itself and not book it for the amount of people staying? I don't mind booking a room and bringing sleeping bags.

Gah! This is so confusing :S

I understand that it is hard to get price checks on something three months away but general price ranges would be awesome, that way we have time to save up.

Any help will be very grateful.

Thank you xx


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07 Jul 2014 - 00:45114523
The best I can suggest for hotels is to see if there are any rooms left at the Ibis Budget at the London City Airport. It's about halfway between the London City Airport and Pontoon Dock stops on the DLR so you can get off at either really, but Pontoon Dock has a simpler route to navigate when walking to the hotel.

Their room's basic set-up is one double bed and a top bunk bed over the top of it. It is within walking distance of the ExCel Centre, though it takes you to the back of the building first ( which has no longer been in use at the last couple of events ) and it takes about another 5 or 10 mins to walk along the side of it to get to the front.

There are several much better located hotels by the front entrance of the ExCel Centre ( Custom House for ExCel stop on the DLR ) and the rear entrance ( Prince Regent stop on the DLR ), but I'm pretty sure that those would be fully booked by now as well as more expensive. Some people tend to start booking them for the next Expo right after the last one has just finished.

I don't know much about your area but if you book your train tickets online and in advance at TheTrainLine then you will normally be able to save some money and get them for cheaper than buying them on the day at the train station. For coaches I'd suggest looking at the National Express website and see if they have any coaches that run from your area. You'll also need to factor in the cost of tube travel.


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09 Jul 2014 - 11:51114562
I can't give you specific advice on journey/accommodation planning to ComicCon but as I tour with theatre (& they're tight on playing for that stuff!) around the UK I do know a lot on saving money on travel & transport.

Definitely book your train tickets in advance, you can actually often get 2x single 1st class tickets for less than a return standard class. If there's a group of you & one of you drives have a look at hiring a car. I'm sure there'll be a bus from Exeter to London if that's what you go for. Try Megabus, they seem to be cheaper than National Express.

As for accommodation… I've never stayed at the Ibis but I hear it's great for Expo. The other places worth trying are Easy Hotel & Tune Hotels. They're no frills hotel chains, very small rooms, small ensuite bathrooms but clean & cheap. I've managed to get a double room in London for as little as £35 a night. They differ from location to location in size & facilites & price. As cheap as they are you then have to factor in travel across London & whether you want to do that in costume or not NB: Londoners see all manor of weird & wonderful things on a daily basis & hate to make eye contact with strangers, you'll be fine doing it!

Good luck & have fun


10 Jul 2014 - 13:31114579
My 1st time too...
I found that you NEED to book your hotel NOW! I got into the hotel Ibis as it was the only hotel within 2 miles to have rooms... this was over a month ago.

I'm traveling from Jersey Channel Islands and found booking early is the way to go. (Even though tickets are not on sale yet for the Con)

I hope it all works out for you. I have my fingers crossed for myself as i'm bringing two 'Large' cosplays with me and one 'small'.

I look forward to meeting everyone and I hope to make some cool memories


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10 Jul 2014 - 17:13114587
I've been going since 2009, but this October will be my first time staying in the Ibis so I can't help you with that, but the way I used to do it was, I used to stay in the Docklands Travelodge which is a short walk from the East India DLR station which is three stops away from the actuall Excel Centre, it just depends whether you are willing to do that traveling, the Travelodge is pretty cheap though :3


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