Travel With Kids: Low-Cost London

National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer.

Here’s her latest advice:

Reader Question: We need an affordable place to stay with our daughters in London. Where should we look?

My Answer: Deals are found away from the royals.

Choose chain hotels (like Ibis, Novotel, and Park Plaza) in “family-friendly” neighborhoods (restaurants that won’t flinch at a stroller, parks with more than grass to play on) accessible by the London Underground (aka “the Tube”).

Anna Tobin of notes that Hampstead and its neighboring Hampstead Heath park are good locations for families. “Kids will enjoy a snack at the local crêpe stand and climbing imaginative playground equipment at Parliament Hill,” she says.

For more room to stretch out and to save on meal costs, book an apartment or studio stay. Studio2Let, GoNative, or Housetrip offer low-cost options.

Bonus tip: Purchase an Oyster card—the local Tube pass—to save you from having to fumble for change on every ride.

Heather Greenwood Davis pens the “Traveling With Kids” column for National Geographic Traveler magazine (this exchange appeared in the December 2014 issue)Follow Heather on Twitter @GreenwoodDavis

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  1. Eric C
    June 24, 2015, 11:13 am

    I used HouseTrip to book apartments in London and Paris back in February, based on this article. They seemed to have more inventory than the others listed.

    All went well until last week, as we’re about to leave for London, when the apartment owner cancelled our reservation out from underneath us. No explanation, it just happened. Housetrip waited 6 days to notify us, so now I’m scrambling to find a place for 4 people with only 4 days before we depart. Meanwhile, Housetrip has held our money for 4 months and rent prices have only gone up. Buyer Beware!

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