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House Swap London

This week we are swapping apartments with a couple in London that we’ve never met. We have a mutual friend and I’ve spoken with them over the phone but other than that I don’t know them. We got some cheap train tickets (its only two hours on the train!) so this whole trip will be very low budget. I’m a little nervous about letting someone stay in our apartment but excited that we are able to travel so cheaply, in fact we’re not even taking work off. Plus sometimes I prefer staying in apartments to hotels because they feel more neighborhood-y. Do you think its crazy to swap with someone we’ve never met? Have you ever done it or would you ever do it? Also if you had four quick days in London with small kids what are your top three things to do?

I know I want to go on the London Eye, Ride a Double Decker Bus, visit Liberty, and eat some Fish and Chips. What am I missing?

photo credit: The London Eye by Mathew Field.

  1. Lesley

    June 3, 2011

    We’re heading to London next week, my first time, and I can’t wait! Did you find anything that is a must do outside of everything else you listed that I so want to see?! Then the weekend after we’re heading to Paris, any local hang outs you’d recommend as well?! :)

  2. Jessica

    June 4, 2011

    I’m so sad that I am just now getting to this post. My husband, baby daughter and I just moved back to the US from London and I could have sent you loads of ideas. However, I’m certain you had a lovely time and I can’t wait to read all about it. Didn’t you just adore London?! We miss it terribly.

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  4. everygirl

    June 10, 2011

    I am really interested in doing an apartment swap somewhere else in the world, or for that matter any other city that is just as interesting as San Francisco where my husband and I live. My gosh, I am DYING to go to London. Would this couple be willing to do a trade in San Francisco? We have a lovely new apartment downtown….

    I have thought about it and have wondered if there really are people out there other than Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet in the Holiday who would go for a successful apartment swap. I have only started reading your blog recently, and I must say, you inspire me in many ways!

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