It took some networking, heaven and earth where moved and blood, sweat and tears shed, but I managed it...
... I WILL be able to attend Salute this year after all! Decided like, this morning, to `screw it all, I`m going`, and after some truddling and gubbling I found a hotel after all at a decent price of 155 euros incl. breakfast for a night. The Hilton hotel near the Tower Bridge to boot, 5 stars here we come.
Tip for non regular business travellers: Business hotels are actually cheaper then most normal hotels in weekends, and if you take the time to look around about a month before you go, you can get even greater rates as they have unfilled rooms, and every stayover in a weekend is actually bonus venue for them on their monthly revenue.
Okay, so i`ll have to travel by Eurostar, arriving in London around 16hrs local on the friday and leaving again saturday at 19hrs local, not the usual 5-day trip I prefer but it was that or nothing.
I might even meet my idol there ;)