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EVEN with the Australian dollar faring very well against the British pound, we all love a good London bargain. New to the accommodation scene is Ivy Lettings, a boutique, family-run leasing service designed for stays from a few days to a month or longer. The range covers self-catering digs from studio flats to four-bedroom houses and most configurations between, all within about 20 minutes of the capital’s main tourist attractions. A gorgeous-looking studio in a 1750s Soho building, for example, has original hardwood floors, antique furniture and fittings, stainless steel-finished kitchenette and a cast-iron clawfoot bathtub. Sleeps two; from £650 ($1220) a week. The cost compares well with conventional hotel rates and Ivy Lettings can also arrange competitively priced airport transfers with Green Tomato Cars, rent mobile phones so guests can avoid expensive roaming charges, grocery shop, arrange babysitting and more. www.ivylettings.com.

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