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Advice on getting set up in London?

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11. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

i'm sure alot of people get jobs in pubs,hotels, templ agencies but if you have eu citizenship whats to worry about.

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I lived there for 3 years, and didn't meet too many North Americans, apart from tourists.

Apart from Europeans, most of the foreign workforce were Australians, New Zealanders, and South Africans. These people were employed in a wide variety of positions; from IT, to accounting, to working in pubs.

I think you'll find it very difficult to earn a living in London from acting, and will have to supplement your acting income with some other form of work. There are plenty of jobs in pubs and shops, but the pay is really quite low.

On the other hand, London has a large number of "fringe theatres" and if I was you I'd do the rounds of these places and talk to as many people as possible.

As far as places to live, I found London quite odd in that even good areas had some not so good streets. I would definitely loate myself as close to a tube station as possible, but remember that these places will be more expensive than others. It's hard to generalise about areas, but places on the Piccadilly Line in West London (Hammersmith, etc) are quite good. I'd steer clear of South London, apart from a few areas around Tooting, Clapham and Balham.

It's very difficult to determine whether an area is right for you by walking around. You really only get a good feel for a place once you're quite familiar with it. Plus, you may find that due to the demand for certain properties, you may not have too much of a choice of where to live. I guess another idea is to check out the high street of places. If they look rundown, then steer clear.

13. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I am bilingual: English / Spanish. Do you suppose that there would be enough of a demand in teaching Spanish conversation or doing something with my Spanish if I needed to supplement my income?

Clapham and Brixton are at the top of my list right now as places to live if I try to get a place on my own. I will have more flexibility if I get my own room in a shared flat. I think it makes more sense to share at first and find a place that has everything already up and running and then after 6 months to a year then move into my own place once I have a better feel for the neighborhoods and transportation.

I am pretty confident that the acting will keep me busy enough as I will have to make my rounds to everywhere to drop off my pictures and CV and let everyone know I am there if they need me.

I am also willing to do specialized or featured extra work in film, TV, or theatre as well as production. I have a BA degree from the University of Cetral Florida in Radio, TV & Film and an AA degree in Advertising & Public Realations.

Aside from all of this I will be selling one of my Spain tourist Businesses and continuing to run the other one on-line from the UK.

I just hope to explore every possible acting possibility first then see what happens.

14. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I will be in London next week and will want to take care a few things...

I have an unlocked Mobile Phone and need to know which SIM Card I should buy?
I have heard about Fresh Mobile, Mobile World and something called Talk Talk all having something to do with the Car Pone Warehouse.

There is also Orange, Virgin Mobile, O2 and Vodafone.

I will mostly recieve phone calls, but for an intense short period at first will need to call around all over London setting up meetings and interviews with all of the different talent agencies, production companies, etc. to get set up.

The second thing is getting an Oyster Card. Do you think it is possible to get an Oyster Card using the hostal's or friend's address?

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16. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I will be visiting London for the next 7 days.

Does anyone have any last minte advice before I leave Madrid?


17. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting rsalata

I will be visiting London for the next 7 days.

Does anyone have any last minte advice before I leave Madrid?


Take a rain jacket, it looks like the dought may be over .
The temps are about 20deg C during the day.

Pick up a TNT mag from a tube ot train station, this should halp in accomidation and job hunting.

BAFTA (british Academy for The Arts) is on Picadilly Lane.

18. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I just got back to Madrid after spending a week in London. I was in a hostel in the Borough area.

When I first got to London Bridge and walked to my hostel I realized that London was on a larger scale than I had imagined. Also the underground trains are all smaller and more cramped on the inside and have cloth seats instead of the hard plastic ones.

Thursday I walked from my hostel to London Bridge and then along Tooley to just past the Tower Bridge. I turned down Abbey Street / Long Lane and went back to Borough. I caught the tube to Stockwell and then walked to Brixton over to Clapham, up to Lambeth and finally back over to Borough.

The next day (Friday) I walked from Borough to Covent Garden, Leicester Square down to the Strand, over to Knightsbridge, back to Leicester Square Covent Grden and finally back to Borough.

Saturday I met a friend in London Bridge and went to Covent Garden by tube for lunch and the walked down to the Westmister area and then the tube from Embankment to Tower Bridge where we said our goodbyes. I walked to Borough from there.

Sunday I walked over to Waterloo and took the tube up to Kilburn and walked down through Notting Hill, across Holland Park, Sheppard's Bush, White City and Acton. Then took the tube back to the Notting Hill for the street Festival. Finally I took the tube from Kensal Green back to Borough.

Monday I walked up to the British Museum and then over to the Tate Modern and spent most of the day near Borough.

Tuesday I made a friend at the hostel and walked to the War Museum, Elephant & Castle and then took the tube over to Oxford Circus where we walked over to Marble Arch, Edgware Road, back through the Center and across to Monument and finally back to Borough.

The people looked more or less the same everywhere I went and the houses looked pretty similar. There were some areas that gave me a lower class feeling like Brixton and Elephant & Castle.

I was surprised to see that there were so many Eastern Europeans, prodominately Polish there everywhere working most of the jobs and walking around everywhere you look. I knew that there were a lot of Asians and West Indians, but I did not expect the volume of each of these people that I saw.

I also saw a lot of white white girls with black black guys. I suppose the appeal or novelty of dating someone from another race is stronger there than other places. I also saw many White and Asian girls who obviously grew up around black girls trying to dress and act the same as their black girlfriends even though they were obviously not black themselves.

Anyway, I think that the best thing to do is to try and find the best room available at the time in the center when I get there or to concentrate my search for a place north of the river in Zone 2 or Zone 3 and get a bicycle.

19. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Yeah. According to what I have seen lately it seems like Bethnal Green or the Stepney Green areas have individual rooms in shared flas advertised for the 70 pounds a week I was hoping for. Unfortunately, I did not go to this area whn I was last there.
From what I can tell after my visit is that I will just have to pick one area and concentrate all of my efforts on doing a housing search on this area and then soon after make my rounds to all of the talent agencies to let them know I am in town and follow this up visits to all of the employment agencies so that I can start earning pounds as soon as possible.
I suppose that if I pick a good enough neighborhood to live in and a get a room in a flat with TV and internet that I will be able to live quite frugally until I get up to speed. I do have enough money to take the tube or rail when I need to. I will just walk wherever I can reach when the weather permits, eat in, and go out exploring London one day at a time.
I do not think that I will need to go to the more crowded areas or use the tube everyday (at least not during peak hous) so I will be fine.
I have also looked into finding out where all of the Universities are so that I can take advantage of any food or other services people have already reduced the prices for when I am in those neighborhoods. I do not mind eating at a student union or going to a uni film or theatre night or concert.
On another note. I have not decided yet if I need to pay 1st Contact or 1st Stop London for their kickstart Welcome kit for their help in opening a bank account or if I will go directly to Barclay's. For the one off 30 to 50 pounds they ask for it might be worth it for the supplental information they give you. What do you think?

20. Posted by rsalata (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

I am American (USA) but also have EU citizenship from my mother's side of the family.

I was wondering if there was any EU or UK financial aid or benefits that I could apply for that would help me get set up in the UK? For example, something housing or work related or even self relocation related?