Advice needed on booking London hotels for 2012

In response to June/July’s ‘Talking Points’ (GTO 223) about the high cost of UK hotels, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write in with my own experiences.
For many years now I have been organising overnight breaks for friends and family and usually like to go away at least three times a year. Although it is still possible to get cheap deals from some hotel groups if I’m not too picky about the date and location, it is near enough impossible to get a reasonable rate on London hotels for 2012, which is a shame given that we like to enjoy a theatre break at least once every year.
If anybody has advice on how to avoid the huge hikes in hotel rates, I would be happy to hear it.

Ben French
GTO Friends and Family,

Suffolk