Had my appointment with EP, Dr Schilling on Tuesday. Thought I was going to go into AF just stepping of the train at Euston ; not used to so many people! The appointment went well and he seemed confident he could fix my AF with cryoablation. Even said I was a 'slam dunk' for abaltion which gives me confidence to go ahead.
I haven't been on any drugs yet and have taken the approach that its probably better to go for gold now rather wait for the condition to develop with or without drugs, than have a less successful ablation later down the line. I have the option of NHS or private, just weighing up the cost implications. Looks like private will be similar to the price of a small family car which, doesn't seem too bad considering the potential quality of life improvements.
So it looks like I may be in the cath lab sooner than I was expecting! Many thanks to everyone who posted very useful info about their own ablation experiences; really helped me navigate to this point and hopefully further down the line.