I am a US Army lieutenant colonel who has recently received posting orders for a three-year assignment to the MoD as an exchange officer. My family and I will arrive in London this June and we are very excited about this opportunity. That being said, our initial look at housing possibilities has only shown us that we know next to nothing about London and are therefore seeking any advice on where best to live. We have the option of either accepting military provided housing or finding a private home/flat on our own. The only criteria we have set so far is something within an easy commute to the MoD (one hour??) and preferably close to the where we expect our two sons will attend school: American School of London, NW8. Any suggestions are much appreciated as are any other tips and advice on preparing for this assignment.