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21. Posted by Andrew2008 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hey Anto,

I was working in a pub in London this time last year. It was a Wetherspoon pub which I think is the biggest chain of pubs in the UK. I was earning 5.30 pounds an hour on a casual basis. That rate of pay is ok if you are doing heaps of hours but my boss wouldn't let any of us do more than 40 hours a week so I was pretty poor. After tax I would take home about 140-160. I had a pretty good time in the pub and enjoyed the experience of working with people from Poland, Brazil, Slovakia and SA. But the cost of accomodation (84 pounds a week in a hostel in Zone 1) and transport makes saving hard. If you do decide to do the pub thing look for live in and you should be ok. A mate of mine paid for his placement in a pub like you are thinking about doing and thought it was pretty good. He got picked up from the airport, trained at the pub and had a job from day one. Which is good if you are short on cash.

Either way you will have a great time.

A few tips for living in London in case no-one else has covered them.

Get a pre-paid Oyster card for all London Transport bus/tube etc. An Oyster card costs about half as much as using the paper tickets. I think you only need to complete a form and put a 5 pound deposit on the card. I think they are available at all tube stops. Definitely worth it if you intend to live in London.

Get an English Sim Card on day one so employers can reach you and you won't have to pay roaming rates on your Aussie phone. Vodafone and Virgin were pretty cheap when i was there but there are heaps to choose from.

If possible open a bank account before you leave. A lot of people have problems opening bank accounts because you need to have proof of address. I opened my account with HSBC but I can't remember who the contact was in Australia...Sorry..

1stcontact can open bank accounts for you and set up your NI numbers after you arrive.

Looking for work - TNT mag as everyone has been saying is a good start. www.thegumtree.com is also really good. Then there's seek.co.uk and all the usual job sites. I got my job by asking in a few pubs but I'm not sure how easy that is anymore. The pub used to get 3-4 people a day dropping in their CV's so there are a lot of people looking for work.

Hope this helps and if you need any more advice just ask.

Have a good trip.

Cheers,

Andy.

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

Quoting ikey

Quoting melpunk

everyone talks abt grabbing a copy of TNT magazine. where can i grab it from?

In London they are on almost every street corner, can't remember the other cities though. Targeted at Australians, South Africans & Kiwis.

If you check out TNT online there's a list of distribution points.

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

Andrew, how did u survive on that salary?

I found out abt a job vacancy an hour away from london which pays about 500 quid take-home pay, after deducting accomodation, food, and taxes... was actually thinking it was too little cos i wanna do a lot of travelling in europe.

but seems like u survived on a lot less!

thanks koalagirl for the link!

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

thanks koalagirl for the link!

my pleasure!

25. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

Does anyone know how hard it would be for an American to find a hospitality job in London?? I know that there are loads of jobs, but unfortunately, I cannot get a visa for that type of work for the 4 months I will be in London. Has anyone ever done an "under the table" job before in London?? Any help would be appreciated!!! Thank you!!

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

Andrew,

I went down to my local bank branch (Commonwealth Bank) for advice on how to open a bank account overseas. They informed me that they don't have international bank accounts. But they recommended opening a bank account with Barclay's, when i arrive in London. This is mainly due to the fact that, if i was to open an account in Australia, a large sum of money needs to be deposited in the account. I think it is at least AU $2000 and in one case it is GB 1500. Is it difficult to open a bank account when in London when you don't have a permanent residential address? A lot of people have said that it is...

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

Quoting maridod

Does anyone know how hard it would be for an American to find a hospitality job in London?? I know that there are loads of jobs, but unfortunately, I cannot get a visa for that type of work for the 4 months I will be in London. Has anyone ever done an "under the table" job before in London?? Any help would be appreciated!!! Thank you!!

Try contacting BUNAC - they can help organise a visa that will allow you to work in the UK.

28. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Quoting anto312

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.

Is the program you're using from STA Travel?

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

Nantes,

Yeah it is STA travel

30. Posted by nomadgirl (Budding Member 72 posts) 9y

i lived in london in '99 and i had the best job ever...i did catering for mossiman's and got to work great parties...many of which ended up in the tabloids....worked windsor castle, cartier polo tournament, lord mayor's banquet, kensington palace, st james palace...even saw prince charles and prince william! so fun!

chk out the notting hill carnival in august! i miss london!