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#1 Vitesse

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

You'd think this sort of thing would be easy to find on t'interweb. But it's not.

How much would it have cost in 1940 to:

1 Stay in a top class London hotel in the West End or Knightsbridge?

2 Cross the Atlantic? Ideally I'd like to know the price charged by Furness Withy for a passage from Liverpool to New York, but anything would do. I've found an article in an Irish online newspaper which suggests it was about £30, but I suspect that might be for one of the better class crossings.
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#2 wowtank

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

There is a book I don't know where mine is :( as i am redoing my bedroom and computer room and it might sound silly, but the Gurps ww2 role play book I think has stuff like that in it and
I think it is well researched and fairly accurate for general stuff like price of a posh car or a night in a posh hotel.

If i come a cross it i will have a look and post it. There must be someone else on the forum with it in who who has it to hand I would have thought?

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Thinking about I am not to sure about it as it could be another RPG book which has it in.

Edited by wowtank, 29 April 2012 - 09:49 PM.

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#3 RAFCommands

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:29 AM

Well in Oct 1941 the Savoy "apartments" were £2 10s or £2 5s plus 15% a night.

Source: A bill from the ATA/BOAC service file of a First Officer.

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#4 Vitesse

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:26 AM

Thanks, Ross. Very helpful!

Interesting to note that applying an inflation calculator to that brings the figure to about £130 today: the "cheapest" room rate at the Savoy is now £295!
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#5 RAFCommands

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:47 AM

He also stayed at the May Fair which was priced at £1 16s a night.

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