London is a global city. A simple stroll on the street will overhear conversations in various languages. Locals have a great sense of humour, often making light of the busy public transport or some other quirk in their country. Like many big cities, accommodation is expensive, especially in the lead up to the Olympics. I make several inquiries on Craiglist before finding a house-owner that seems genuine - renting a private room for 150 pounds per week close to transport and shops. A pretty good deal for this city.