The average meal and nightstop allowances per day in London would be about $150 to $190 per crew,depending on the rank. The hotel charged about 100 pds or $300 per room a day (50% discount) and this was being paid by SIA.
The crew usually spend their time shopping at Oxford St., eating their favorite Chinese food at the Queensway/Bayswater, drinking English Beer and Stouts at the pubs, gambling at the casinos , punting on horses and dogs at Ladbrooke,William Hill etc.
However, for steward Ali, he preferred to be alone,roaming the streets around Piccadilly Circus,waiting to be picked up by handsome homosexual white men.
On this particular trip, Ali didn't have to wait long before he was approached by Victor the macho English homo.
Ali bought dinner for himself and Victor at a steak house and downed two bottles of Beaujolais.
After dinner, they proceeded to Gloucester Hotel. When they arrived at Ali's room, they started to drink Chivas Regal which was stolen from the aircraft bar.
By the time Ali and Victor had finished the bottle of free Chivas,they were both pissed like hell.
The next morning when Ali woke up, he discovered his new-found friend had disappeared from the room. Gone too was Ali's wallet which contained cash and his credit cards.
When Ali checked out of the hotel,he was shocked when the receptionist presented him with a 50 pounds long distance telephone bill.