We're seeing hugely increased demand for property in Bucks and Surrey commutable into London from families in a position to work from home. I don't know about other areas but I'd suspect no difference.
Very few of those we know are expecting to commute more than once or twice a week as offices begin to reopen. Many are already seeing their companies draw up plans to downsize their London office space. No problem with overcrowded commuter trains right now
One would think this may have an effect on the London property market though I'm not aware of evidence to suggest any great cooling.
My recent experience suggests hifi in the UK is very much a buyers market whether new or s/h. Lots to explore from UK and Europe based companies
Thanks all for the suggestions, both about speakers and property/rentals. I know that my query is seriously putting the cart before the horse--more like shooting the cart into outer space--especially given the cost of accommodations in central London. I've lived in tech boom San Francisco and NYC, but London is another tier altogether.
For context, I've been offered an academic post at a uni about 2hrs from London. Since I'd only be on campus 2-3 days a week, half the year, it's very possible to either live near campus or commute to and from London by train. Living near the uni could mean detached house and good-sized horns. Living in London--which I could afford, just about, despite being in academia--I'd likely have to content myself with monitors and/or headphones. (I've lived with HPs as my main rig, but really don't like them as much now.) However, London is closer to other things, like family in the south. (I've been visiting England 2-3 times a year since I was a kid, with a few extended stays, so I know all about the changeable weather and price of milk, etc.)
So, this is mostly a fun post, seeing what's out there in hi-fi land, as, in a slightly insane manner, that might affect where I end up living.