Hello all! First of all let me say I enjoy reading the London forum here on Trip Advisor very much. Everyone is so helpful and generous with advice that it has helped me tremendously in my trip planning. Speaking of which...my husband and I and my two teens (girl age 16 and boy age 13) and I will be traveling to the UK next June for two weeks. We plan to spend the first week in London and probably take day trips to sights outside of London. This is not my first trip to the UK nor my hubby's, however neither of us have any experience with finding accommodation there...I went on a 2 week bus tour in 1999 where everything was preplanned and my hubby spent a year at the University of Hertfordshire as part of an exchange program. I know we will have to go for quads or family rooms if we use hotels but this seems pretty pricey and not all hotels seem to have rooms for 4...a self catering flat seems like a better option but how do you know if they are legit? I have looked at a ton of websites for self -catering flats in London...I just have a great fear of sending a huge deposit, then getting off the plane and discovering they've taken our money and run with it and there we are in London with no place to stay! Aughhh! Any advice on renting self-catering flats or other mid-priced accomadation would be wonderful...I'd be eternally grateful!