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1. Posted by anto312 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

has anyone ever worked in a London Pub? I am looking to do so, whilst working abroad. Is hospitality the best industry to work in whilst working abroad?? I would appreciate any advice, thanks heaps.

2. Posted by melpunk (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

hello!

no experience there, but I heard from a friend that if you work in a London pub, live-in accomodation and food are usually thrown in cos of pricey rent in the area.

and yeah i do believe it is safe to assume that the hospitality industry is the best way to secure a job. i've been applying for jobs in UK, and waitressing/bar/porter/etc jobs are plentiful, especially since it's summertime now. there are plenty of websites for these jobs.

u on a gap year or working holiday visa?

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Anto:)

I worked in a pub, in London, for a while. But that was 18 years ago.
At that time, they were a useful places to work, because they often provided accomodation with the job. Maybe it is still that way.

The hospitality industry is not necessarily better for working in, than other jobs. I also worked for a travel agency , delivering plane tickets, to business people. That was a fun job, because i go to roam around London all day. However, it was badly payed. I also worked in a delicatessen. There were well payed jobs going, in factories, at the time, but I never applied for them, because I thought they seemed too boring. There were also OK payed receptionist jobs going. U could also work as a security person, in shops and office buildings.

When u get to London, go to the Job Centre, and u will see advertisements, for all kinds of jobs. The staff there will set up interviews for u, for whichever jobs u are interested in. There are Job Centres all around London.

Mel

4. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

Quoting melpunk

hello!

no experience there, but I heard from a friend that if you work in a London pub, live-in accomodation and food are usually thrown in cos of pricey rent in the area.

and yeah i do believe it is safe to assume that the hospitality industry is the best way to secure a job. i've been applying for jobs in UK, and waitressing/bar/porter/etc jobs are plentiful, especially since it's summertime now. there are plenty of websites for these jobs.

u on a gap year or working holiday visa?

Its spring here now. ;)

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 9y

Quoting anto312

has anyone ever worked in a London Pub? I am looking to do so, whilst working abroad.

I'll think you find that a lot of Australians have worked in a London pub. ;) And elsewhere in Britain outside of London as well.

6. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

anto, I worked in a Pub in London a couple of years ago and I found it very easy to get a job. When you arrive just pick up a copy of the TNT Magazine and you will find plenty of job ads in there.

7. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Hi Antonio - I worked in a pub in London for a while (about 6 years ago though) and have have plenty of friends who've done the same more recently. Most of the pubs do provide you with accommodation and a meal or two, but expect really low wages whilst working there and certainly forget about tips!

For friends who are thinking about this option, I usually reccommend that they pick up a live-in pub job as a short term option until they find work that pays better. (Although the "free" beer you get when working in a pub is definately a benefit! )

As already mentioned, TNT Magazine's a great place to start and most people can get a job like this within a few days.

Have a blast!!

8. Posted by anto312 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

hey melpunk,
i will be on a working holiday visa, which lasts two years i think. So it should be interesting.

I was thinking of getting a job through a travel agency (located in Australia), they have these programs that set you up with a job and live in accommodation before you leave Australia. It costs the ridiculous amount of $AU600. Does anyone think this would be necessary???? You all made it sound so easy to get a job lol. Oh and the other thing is that i will be leaving here in November (2007), so will that effect my chances of obtaining employment?

thanks everyone for the advice

9. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Don't pay the $600 - in my opinion it's a rip off! It's so easy to get a live in pub job in London it's not funny!

I arrived in October/November too an found it really easy to get work. Have faith in yourself... you can do it alone

10. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Quoting anto312

I was thinking of getting a job through a travel agency (located in Australia), they have these programs that set you up with a job and live in accommodation before you leave Australia. It costs the ridiculous amount of $AU600. Does anyone think this would be necessary???? You all made it sound so easy to get a job lol. Oh and the other thing is that i will be leaving here in November (2007), so will that effect my chances of obtaining employment?

Sounds like a waste of money but I guess it depends what they offer you. I was working live-in in London getting GB250 p/w plus tips of about GB50 p/w, if they can offer you better money than that then I would go for it. Also if they offer you a job in London I would consider taking it up because live-in jobs in London can be a lot harder to find.

As for arriving in November, I found that the best time of year to be looking for hospitality work because everyone is looking for staff for the Xmas parties and holidays.