We have arrived in Seattle... Anyone looking for a great place in London for the year, go to www.sabbaticalhomes.com. We staying in Croydon last year at a terrific house, which is still available for the year. It was really remarkable -- reasonably priced, and also was very convienent. We were about a 15 minute fast train from London Bridge. (The East Croydon train station was a lovely four-block walk). We were also two tram stops away from TONS and TONS of shopping, resturants, etc. (walkable, which we did most of the time.) It is a great house, and even can be rented out for a week's time.