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Old Jan 30th 2008, 7:39 am
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I've two friends who travel to London who are Australians taking advantage of the UK WHV. Both young gals (18) and they have asked if I know anywhere they could stay whilst they find a rental etc in London/Greater London.

I'm very much out of touch with that sort of thing now and want to make sure that they don't end up in some complete dive or taken advantage of, as they are really nice, well brought up kids, but a little bit naive when it comes to travel and life in general.

They would be looking for a week or two, so if anyone knows anywhere I can suggest I'd be grateful. They arrive on the 5th Feb into LHR so pretty much I need to get this sorted now as thier previous accommodation arragements of staying with some family fell through.

Any pointers on somewhere cheap, safe B&B type would be great. Ta!
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Old Jan 30th 2008, 12:21 pm
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Some links here:

http://www.london30.com/london-accom...eakfast-1.html (some have reviews from people who have stayed at the B&Bs)

Perhaps they might like to stay in a YHA (Youth Hostel Association) hostel? To get the best prices on accommodation they would need to join the YHA - but they have a number of locations in London and a brand new one is opening in February in Oxford St. There are common rooms so they can socialise with other young international and British travellers. Some of them have dining facilities and some have kitchens so they could have a go at cooking their own meals....see the link below and click on 'facilities' for each individual YHA in London, below the map. Membership info is at the top of the page:

http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommoda...don/index.aspx

Perhaps the girls have already picked up copies of the TNT magazine which is distributed widely Down Under and in London. Here is their UK online site which is aimed at young people (mainly from the Commonwealth countries) working/travelling on visas in the UK. There is a section on various jobs, flat rentals, house-shares and a messageboard:

http://www.tntmagazine.com/

Hope this helps!
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Some links here:

http://www.london30.com/london-accom...eakfast-1.html (some have reviews from people who have stayed at the B&Bs)

Perhaps they might like to stay in a YHA (Youth Hostel Association) hostel? To get the best prices on accommodation they would need to join the YHA - but they have a number of locations in London and a brand new one is opening in February in Oxford St. There are common rooms so they can socialise with other young international and British travellers. Some of them have dining facilities and some have kitchens so they could have a go at cooking their own meals....see the link below and click on 'facilities' for each individual YHA in London, below the map. Membership info is at the top of the page:

http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommoda...don/index.aspx

Perhaps the girls have already picked up copies of the TNT magazine which is distributed widely Down Under and in London. Here is their UK online site which is aimed at young people (mainly from the Commonwealth countries) working/travelling on visas in the UK. There is a section on various jobs, flat rentals, house-shares and a messageboard:

http://www.tntmagazine.com/

Hope this helps!
Thanks heaps !
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Originally Posted by Centurion
I've two friends who travel to London who are Australians taking advantage of the UK WHV. Both young gals (18) and they have asked if I know anywhere they could stay whilst they find a rental etc in London/Greater London.

I'm very much out of touch with that sort of thing now and want to make sure that they don't end up in some complete dive or taken advantage of, as they are really nice, well brought up kids, but a little bit naive when it comes to travel and life in general.

They would be looking for a week or two, so if anyone knows anywhere I can suggest I'd be grateful. They arrive on the 5th Feb into LHR so pretty much I need to get this sorted now as thier previous accommodation arragements of staying with some family fell through.

Any pointers on somewhere cheap, safe B&B type would be great. Ta!

Gumtree.com loads of stuff for young Aussies in London. I was told that the Walkabout pubs employs Australians on whv too.
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Gumtree.com loads of stuff for young Aussies in London. I was told that the Walkabout pubs employs Australians on whv too.
Last year I was staying in Kensington for a week and I was astonished at how many Aussies (and a few Kiwis) are actually working on the WHV. Most of the barstaff in the pubs we were going in seemed to be Aussies and they were also working in many of the shops I went to....I had a very long chat with an Aussie working in the HMV shop in Hammersmith and I heard the Aussie twang virtually everywhere I went to in London. On the other hand my Aussie friend went home to Sydney and Belmont nr. Newcastle for the Christmas - we both live in New Jersey - and she said that she was surprised to hear so many English accents in Oz.

(Of course it seems that most Aussies on the WHV end up living or visiting the Earl's Court area - which is very close to Kensington - for some strange reason it's a kind of Aussie Mecca! I remember when they used to do their tours of Europe and then try and sell their VW camper vans at the roadside in the streets around Earl's Court before flying home. I wonder if they still do that?!)
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Last year I was staying in Kensington for a week and I was astonished at how many Aussies (and a few Kiwis) are actually working on the WHV. Most of the barstaff in the pubs we were going in seemed to be Aussies and they were also working in many of the shops I went to....I had a very long chat with an Aussie working in the HMV shop in Hammersmith and I heard the Aussie twang virtually everywhere I went to in London. On the other hand my Aussie friend went home to Sydney and Belmont nr. Newcastle for the Christmas - we both live in New Jersey - and she said that she was surprised to hear so many English accents in Oz.

(Of course it seems that most Aussies on the WHV end up living or visiting the Earl's Court area - which is very close to Kensington - for some strange reason it's a kind of Aussie Mecca! I remember when they used to do their tours of Europe and then try and sell their VW camper vans at the roadside in the streets around Earl's Court before flying home. I wonder if they still do that?!)
They used to sell them outside Australia House too but not any longer due to security. The Aussies are in Shepherds Bush has well now. I was talking to young Aussie that was working at a Walkabout Pub he goes snowboarding,they apparently are flexible and go back to work when they get back. When they go snowboarding they work has chalet maids (including the guys!) getting board ,lodging and 50 quid! He was really happy and enjoying himself. He was a really nice young man.
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try this

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/

They do great deals as low as 19 quid a night although for that low i think you have to book a couple of weeks in advance.
I used them twice on my recent stay and they were excellent value, clean modern rooms with tea/ coffee and TV in rooms. Some have breakfast facilities you pay extra for.
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