Hotels & Restaurants



Roll call member ideas

London Hotels


Don’t forget these invaluable websites: / /

All can yield hotel opportunities at far less than normal pricing

Try these for prices.  We stayed at the Park Plaza County Hall just before Christmas and were very impressed.  We had previously booked the Premier Inn County Hall.  The location is diagonally across the river from the Houses of Parliament.

Insidecabin also provided this link for 2 for 1 nights in Holiday Inn hotels.

Bailey’s in Kensington. It was a great little hotel, right across the street from a tube station which made it very centrally located. The Underground is VERY easy to use. This hotel is currently pricing out at GBP 96/nt. for 6 nights, double occupancy. – Located in Kensington, London, a short walk from Earls Court tube

This is the UK equivalent of Hotwire…op-secret.html

This will help you identify the ‘secret’ hotels Those of you that like hotwire or priceline may find this useful.…=secret+hotels

The Luna and Simone near Victoria station is very highly rated (#20 of all hotels on Trip Advisor).

The world’s first live hostel room


This London site might be worth keeping an eye on(May deal looks good)…l-89-superior-


Dirtiest Hotels – United Kingdom

(based on TripAdvisor traveler reviews)


Southampton Hotels:

21 April 2010 – Discount rate at Holiday Inn Southampton:

You need to specify the 95 pounds nonrefundable overnight & breakfast, and teletext offer. Email contact information available upon request. Hotel Front Desk: 44-871-9429073




Southampton for the night before. 

Just checked the prices at Jurys for the night before for 2 adults (23rd June):-

Advance Purchase – Room Only – Non-Refundable £49

Room Only Rate – total flexibility (I assume that means you can cancel at no charge) £69.  Now £59 1/8/2010

Bed & Breakfast – total flexibility £69

The prices are the same for 2 adults and 1 child

If the ships docks at the city terminal then the Holiday Inn is the nearest and there are a few others that are cheaper, etap, ibis and novotel also close to the station

Looking at for Southampton hotels.

The top secret is most likely the de vere grand harbour.
normal price £140
top secret price  £89

Hotels this google maps link show the main hotels that are central
(note sometimes the location pin for a hotel is wrong)

ideal for the station and gate 10 are
hotel sat,sun, extras
Etap, £37,£37, Bfast + 2.95pppd
Ibis, £49,£42, Bfast + 5.95pppd
Novotel , £69,£69

We always check the Holiday inn special 2-4-1 rate which is £57pn but room only. (June 22-24 is £57.50pn)

Travelling with a car the Holiday inn Express is £26pn for 2nights but out of town. ( June 22-24 is £31pn )

De Vere Grand Harbour is £159 total for a 2n B&B

Further away so a taxi to the port

Premier inn has a special for 2 nights £29pn. B,fast is £7.50pppd.

Jurys(a popular cruise choice) is £49ro or £60B&B(flex rate so can cancel)


Restuarant Suggestions fron the roll calls:…staurant-deals


Precruise Southampton:


There are a few Weatherspoons pubs in the city.

One is very handy for the Jurys(gets better review as well) another is nearer the port. Looks like the one near Jurys has a roof terrace


mex soton


This is the Mexican we went to in Southampton



Precruise London:

Rules restaurant which is the oldest in London and specialises in Game but they do have other British food as well.

Another restaurant that does seafood and some game is Corrigans Mayfair which is just off Grosvenor Sq, just around the corner from the American Embassey. This is run by Richard Corrigan, an Irish chef.

Richard Corrigan also has a seafood restaurant on Swallow St, just off Piccadilly called Bentley’s.

Another seafood restaurant which has been around a while is J Sheekeys. It’s on St Martin’s Court which is between St Martin’s Lane and Charing Cross Road.

Actually for those interesting in “traditional” English fare at a more reasonable price, Porters is a decent bet (great sticky toffee pudding!):

And here’s my favorite Italian restaurant (just down the street from Victoria Station):

French chain that I love (and they’re everywhere):