Hi, I’m Sharyn, Creator of London Working Holiday. Thanks for stopping by.


I’ve travelled most of my life thanks to my dad who worked for an airline. While in my 20s, way back in 1987, after a very bad day at work, I resigned and a month later found myself standing at Heathrow Airport with no friends, family, work or place to live and wondered ‘what on earth had I done’. Hopefully, this won’t happen to you because my aim with this website and my ebook is to provide you with the information you need to plan and prepare for your London working holiday. Being armed with this information will help you to hit the ground running.

My London Working Holiday Journey

As I mentioned I arrived at Heathrow with no friends, family, work or accommodation and wondered what to do. But like most, I caught the Tube in to Earls Court and found a cheap hostel to stay in. After a few days recovering from jet lag I ventured to see some of the famous sites. Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Big Ben, the Horse Guards and London Bridge. I also did quite a bit of shopping at Harrods and other high street stores. But then it was time to get serious.

As a week was almost up I began the hard task of finding somewhere permanent to live. I never thought finding somewhere to live was going to be so hard! I traipsed over most of London being interviewed by prospective room mates. Eventually after about a dozen viewings and interviews I finally found a single room in a flat share. The room was oh so tiny and had minimal furniture. Just a single bed with bedding that may not have been washed in a while. A bedside table with lamp and a wardrobe. My first purchase was a set of new sheets and a doona cover.

Next on my list was to do a number of jobs to set myself up. These included registering for a National Insurance Number and opening a bank account. I then began registering with employment agencies. To my great delight I was offered a secretarial job for a week. My life of living and working in London had now truly begun.

The first few months were the hardest as I established myself and sometimes wanted to go home. I didn’t know anyone but started meeting people through work. I also pushed myself to go to the Aussie pubs with my flatmates. Eventually I found my feet and had the time of my life. I went away for weekends to many UK towns and even popped to European cities on weekends. And of course, did the big European venture for a couple of months.

During my time in London and the UK (I stayed for 4 years) I always wished there had been a travel guide that would have advised me on what to expect and had helpful advice to guide me through those first few months. As there wasn’t such a thing, i decided to write one and Live Work and Play in London & the UK has helped thousands of other travellers wanting to live, work and play in London and the UK. And it can help you too! It is now only available as an ebook which makes it easier for me to update to ensure it has the latest details and contacts.

My original London working holiday lasted 4 years and I have been back numerous times to visit friends and to enjoy London and the UK. I hope your London working holiday works out as great as mine did.

Enjoy Your London Working Holiday