Yesterday I took the plunge and planted the seeds I bought back in February. I'm using a planter that came with the soil included, in pellet form - perfect (I hope) for the urban gardener. Just add water.
I've planted Italian parsley (seeds above), as well as coriander and basil, since they are my most frequently used herbs. My punishment for procrastinating is that there will be no homegrown cherry tomatoes to go with my basil. They would hardly be rosy, let alone a deep red, before I head back to London in August.
The packets said the seeds should germinate in 7-14 days, but I'm hoping that the little greenhouse they are in will help them sprout up a little faster. Stay tuned.