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Earl's Court One Bedroom Open-plan Apartments.

The question: We're planning a trip to Britain to visit family with our two teenage boys and are hoping to add a few days in London. In the past, we shared a hotel room, but now the boys are so big (and London is so expensive). We were thinking of renting a "flat" or hotel with a kitchenette. I know many places rent for a minimum of a week, but we have only three days.

TRAVEL CONCIERGE: So a one-bedroom B&B with a shared loo isn't cutting it these days? Lucky for you, there are a number of choices in London, many geared to the wallet-conscious traveller.

Think Apartments ( is a good budget option with four locations including near the London Bridge and Earl's Court, says Rebecca Smith from Visit London. Think has hundreds of apartments and offers nightly rates – as well as outfitted kitchens, Internet access and digital TV.

Another company, Base2Stay (, also has nightly rates. Located in Kensington, it blends aspects of boutique hotels with serviced apartments. Smith also recommends SACO Serviced Apartments, which offers a range of options across London ( ).

Besides more room, these accommodations also offer one priceless amenity – the opportunity to live like a local.

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