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20 Aug 2009 - 11:4018527
Londom MCM costs
Ok so next year I want to go to the London MCM expo, but I have no idea about the costs, this is like, trains from and back to Hull, somewhere to sleep, and just general money to last the day.
Anyone got any idea how much I'd be forking out?
Thanks
- KrEid


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20 Aug 2009 - 13:2918528
Train tickets - book them as far in advance as you can to get the best deal. I think you can buy tickets up to two months before travel, and if you specify travel times for each train you can get them much cheaper than a normal open return. Buying two single tickets can also end up being significantly cheaper than buying a return. Best thing to do is to go to nationalrail.co.uk, put in your travel dates and ideal times, then when they come up with the travel times click the "check fares" button and it'll display all the fares available. Then you can either book them online or make a note of the dates, times and prices you've seen and go to your nearest rail station.

Unless you share with people or have a friend you can stay with in London, the cheapest you'll get a hotel for in the immediate area is about £50-60 per night. You can usually get good deals by booking through hotels.com but Docklands is a pricey bit of London.

And speaking of Docklands, Custom House isn't really close to anywhere of interest and the restaurants in the immediate area are a bit on the pricey side, so you may be as well to get travelcards for each day you're there so you can nip into Central in the evening and get something to eat, go to the Trocadero, etc. I think travelcards are only slightly more expensive than single tickets from zones 1-4 now as it is, so they work out being better value for money with only two tube trips (case in point: I went to London last weekend en route to Aya, a single from zones 1-6 was £7 but a travelcard for the same zones was £7.50).

How much spending money you bring with you depends on how much stuff you think you're likely to buy. Make sure you have plenty for things like food and (especially!) drinks though, as Expo is quite a tiring experience and you'll need to keep your energy and hydration levels up. Be aware that there will be massive queues for the cash machines during the day too, so either be prepared to wait in line or get your cash out beforehand and keep it somewhere really safe while you're at the Expo.


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20 Aug 2009 - 15:3818536
Wise she is this Sillabub ladeh!

A tip for booking train times - The earlier you go (I.E Outside of peak travel time which is from 7.00 am onward) the cheaper your fare MAY become. You can also book cheaper tickets by sometimes choosing a specific train time to leave on. An open ticket (Meaning you can go on any train, any time) usually costs more than say, a ticket that has an exact time on it.

In May I decided to go from Doncaster, as while i'm in Hull myself, I wanted to see family, but anyway. XD
I went onto natonal rail and went to book a train for about 7:30, and the price for a return at 7:30 was £88.00 single. However, when I went at 6.00 am it went down to £44 return.

Infact, I just did a check now and for me, from Doncaster at about 6.00 am returning on Monday at 13:33 its costing £49.50 return. Heck of alot cheaper the more off peak you go. Plus it gives you lots of time to look around London and such. But do expect to pay anything up to £60 from Hull I'd say, maybe more if you go at peak travel time.

I'd advise seeing if you can get some mates to go as well so you're not arriving in London on your own because the tubes are pretty confusing if you don't know how to use them so a few friends always makes it easier (And funnier if you get lost. XD)

Lots of people know what tubes to take from what station in London to get to Custom house though, so when you're nearer the time you can always ask on the board about what tubes to get from what station. Or you can give me a Pm on here or get me on deviant art (Member-xi) and I can figure your tube stuff out for you, as if you're coming from Hull, you'll probably be going the same way I go and getting off at Kings Cross or near it. I frequently sort my friends tubes out for them to get to where they need to be. XD

The only Hotel I can really think of that is cosplayer friendly is the Premier Inn at docklands, though it can be pricey. I pay £100 a room for three nights and so does my friend. Which isn't bad for three nights but it can be steep if you're not working or using a university loan. (I so don't use some of my uni loan to go to expo. >_> <_<

The only bad thing I will say about Premier Inn or PTI as people call it, is that some of the cosplayers can get very loud, hyper active and cause trouble(Case in point - About six Bleach cosplayers having a sword fight in the lobby and not stopping when asked and upsetting a bunch of non cosplayers one year I was there, which meant a lot of cosplayers were tied in with them and got a bad name.). Last year the police were called due to the people outside being so loud and upsetting other hotel users. So just be warned that its usually very noisey at night and the staff have a tendancy to group all cosplayers in with the loud ones. Thats the only downside to the PTI in my books and you can avoid the gobby ones by staying away from the premier inn entrance at night.


I normally have around £200 in spare cash for London. Purely for things like food, water, emergency fees (Like people I go with not paying for things like rooms) and a few souviners. I normally like to have the whole Friday spent in London so I like to buy a few bits and bobs when i'm there, though alot of people purely go just for the con.
A good thing that alot of people do for the con is to take things like pot noodles, biscuits, fruit, juice and the like so that they can eat in their hotel room or take something with them to the con, as the shops in the Excel center are expensive. And agreeing with Sillabub, do do do keep your money safe and never advertise that you are carrying a large sum of money with you, should you do that. People at expo are generally very friendly, and some people will even ask you to look after their stuff. Before I had properly met one of my friends from expo, she ran up to me and handed over a psp, video camera and ipod and asked if I could hold them while she got a picture of someone, and ran off! Now if i'd of been the type I could have ran off with it. But i'm not sooo. XD

If you do have things you want to get rid of at expo and pick up later, their is a cloak room that charges about £2 to put an item in storage, so if you bring a bag with you, put everything in the bag and then ask them to look after it in the cloak room.

But yeah, taking friends will make it easier and can sometimes make it cheaper by splitting costs. If you do want some more info from getting from Hull and stuff like I said, feel free to give me a buzz.


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Last edited by Member-XI (20 Aug 2009 - 15:47)
20 Aug 2009 - 15:5418538
Thanks so much :'
Does anyone know when exactly in May it is?
I'm still in college so that could be a pain with the dates


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20 Aug 2009 - 16:0018539
The May dates are 29 th and 30th 2010. If the dates clash with my University time table I tend to get an authorized absence. Though thankfully I don't normally have lessons on the Friday I travel down to London. But i'd reccommend an autorized absence if you are wanting to go. That way its legit with your college.

If you look on http://www.londonexpo.com/, you can find the dates and buy your tickets when the time is closer


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20 Aug 2009 - 16:0118540
"KrEid is not present today as he is in London dressed up"
XD


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20 Aug 2009 - 16:0118541
Speaking of train fares and Underground, if you have a YP railcard or a Network Gold card, buy your London Travelcard at the train station, from the machines - you can still get 1/3 off!


20 Aug 2009 - 16:0318542
"He is currently in London dressed up as *insert character* and shall not be present until he is done so there!" XD

You could just say you have some personal buissiness to attend to. A bit of a white lie but sort of not as well.


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20 Aug 2009 - 16:0318543
Well actually, I can get trains for free, (my stepdad works for network rail so we all have free passes) But I think it runs out when I'm 18 and I think its limited to where we can go


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20 Aug 2009 - 16:1318545
Quote Member-XI:
"He is currently in London dressed up as *insert character* and shall not be present until he is done so there!" XD

You could just say you have some personal buissiness to attend to. A bit of a white lie but sort of not as well.




Personal business....
"all my life, I have lived to be *character name* and this is my big chance! :'


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