If you want to start your working holiday adventure in London then this is the easiest, cheapest, and quickest way to get started.
Our London & UK Live-in bar program is best suited to awesome people who know how to start a party, shake up awesome cocktails and create a darn good time to be remembered. Think that’s you?
With your live-in bar job you’ll receive some of the very best industry recognised training, gain industry recognised qualifications and you’ll have a tonne of other opportunities for development and growth too.
Interviews for live-in bar jobs are conducted Zoom Job Interview (or in person for those already here in the UK).
London locations include London Bridge, Hammersmith, Greenwich, Camden and Shepherds Bush. Other UK locations include Bath, Edinburgh and Newquay - ask us how location preferences work.
Staff accommodation is located on-site, it’s mixed dormitory style accommodation and you’ll be sharing a 6-8 bed dorm room with other live-in staff members. Rent is charged at £105.70 biweekly, including all bills and free WiFi - making this our cheapest London accommodation option!
All live-in Bar crew earn £11/hour + tips and tronc. There are also cash incentive bonuses for employee of the month.
You will be provided with a staff meal while working on shift
All Beds & Bars crew members get 50% discounts at all Beds & Bars venues on all food & beverage purchases - huge savings to be had on nights out in London, UK and beyond!
All Beds & Bars crew members get 50% discounts on accommodations at all Beds & Bars venues - great for when you’re backpacking around Europe and needing a cheap place to crash (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Vienna & more!)
To be eligible for a live-in bar crew role, you need to be able to commit to working for a period of at least 4 months minimum.
No experience? No problem - full training is provided for all bar crew team members on arrival. There are also other training programs made available to those of you looking to move up the ranks!
Travelling with mates or your partner? No problem - couples and friends can apply together too - remember that staff accommodation is mixed dormitory style accommodation here though - so you will still be sharing staff accommodation with other live-in bar crew.
The Beds & Bar program runs year round - let us know when you’re wanting to start a live-in bar placement and we will organise the rest!
Our UK essentials pack includes everything you need to hit the ground running on arrival - help with setting up your UK SIM card, applying for your National Insurance number, opening your UK bank account and completing your online checks to get your share codes to prove your rights to work in the UK and right to rent in England. We also help you register with your closest GP to get your National Healthcare Service (NHS) number too.
Rockin’ party & sports bar on Camden High Street, we are just moments away from Camden Lock Market, right between Camden Town and Mornington Crescent stations.
In true Camden style, we host amazing live music sessions. Our weekly intimate gigs showcase some of the best up and coming talents from the rock scene and some of the best DJs in London.
As the Home of International Sports in Greenwich we are also the best bar to catch all of the live sporting action from Champions League, Rugby, NFL to AFL. We showcase a massive selection across our huge full HD screens, so whatever you are looking for, head down with your mates and we’ll hook you up with a front row seat. Serving up a truly awesome food menu, we are a great hangout for lunch and dinner.
Serving up a killer range of drinks, a fat burger menu, and weekly offers. our bar in Hammersmith is the best bar in the West to kick start your night the right way. With our multi screen viewing and two huge projectors you can catch every second of anything from football, NFL and AFL - we are the home of international sports! We also have awesome private booths complete with buckets of beer and fat sharing platters.
Our London Bridge bar is all set to fuel your day and night! Located in the heart of London Bridge our bar and diner guarantees to serve up an epic food and drink menu offering, including a truckload of home made meaty burgers stacked with our classic combo of toppings and more, plus a mammoth choice of draught and bottled beers, ciders, spirits, rockin’ cocktails and more…
Looking for an epic venue to catch the live action of your favourite team, play your mates at a competitive game of beer pong or just smash a kickass burger and beer, then the Dugout sports bar in London Bridge has got you covered. Whatever it is you are looking to watch, The Dugout screens all major international sports and we’re serving this up across state of the art screens and technology.
The perfect place to kick back in after a spot of retail therapy at the nearby Westfield, our Shepherd’s Bush bar has just undergone a touch of impressive TLC. With an entirely revamped venue not to be missed out on, our site guarantees a brilliant atmosphere and a great range on deals including custom made student deals. So why not kick back in our outdoor terrace and enjoy a beer or two in the sun?
Our rockin’ bar and diner sets an awesome contrast to Bath’s historical backdrop. Quite literally on the doorstep of the city’s most famed attractions, our Bath Bar boasts a badass food and drink menu offering killer breakfasts, a truckload of burgers and a mammoth choice on local ales, ciders, spirits and international craft beers. We are the home of international sports. With our multi screen viewing and massive HD projector, we are the best bar in Bath to catch every second of live action.
Our rockin' bar and restaurant is smack bang in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The killer food menu includes a range of fat and stacked 60z home made burgers, salads, sharers and snacks from midday until 10pm everyday. With an epic lineup of events every night of the week including our regular live music, student nights and sports, we’ve got everything you need to fuel your night the right way.
Situated in Newquay we are a beachside sports bar with live music and entertainment. Our family-friendly venue boasts an incredible cliff-top terrace that overlooks the ocean. At our bar and restaurant, enjoy a fat range of tasty burgers stacked with tons of flavour and a massive drinks and cocktail menu including some of the best cornish beers and ciders to fuel your night!
We will discuss the program requirements, as well as the min commitment needed to qualify, and the housing options available on site.
The best time to apply is from within London. Pre-departure interviews on request.
To apply, please fill out an application form and attach your CV, references, and a photograph. Additionally, you will need to complete a brief skills assessment test.
To start the Live Work Play UK program, a $399 deposit payment is payable.
Our team will arrange a face-to-face interview with HR managers from the Beds and Bar Group. If you are applying from abroad, a Zoom interview will be arranged.
Payment in full is due within 30 days of deposit payment. However, we understand that some may need payment plans, which can be made available upon request.
Your employment contract does not specify a London location if you apply more than 4 weeks before your arrival date. 2 weeks before your start date, we'll confirm the location.
Our Beds & Bar program offers live-in housing for all sites except Edinburgh. You can choose live-in housing or opt for London city rooms.
To be eligible for extended travel, you must work for at least six months. You can take short breaks with the holiday pay you've earned.
From January 2024 age criteria will change from 30 years to 35 years
(Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, or Taiwan)
Have not had any criminal convictions in the last 12 months
(children or other)
under the age of 18
Have access to the equivalent of £2530GBP (i.e. in your bank account for at least 28 days)
Must not have taken part in the Youth Mobility Scheme or travelled on a UK Working Holiday Visa
This is why we recommend using our visa service and taking the stress away. Our professional licensed migration agents will help you every step of the way to ensure your application is approved the first time around. 100% first-time approval guaranteed, or you will receive a full refund.
Absolutely! If you have your heart set on a sail to Croatia or want to go backpacking in Asia for two months; we’ll make sure everything is organised before you leave, and everything is ready for when you get to London.
It isn’t mandatory, but we certainly recommend it for everyone going over our programs. As part of your Visa fees, it will be £600 for your Immigration Healthcare Surcharge. This allows you access to the NHS and standard health coverage while you are in the United Kingdom on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. Like Medicare here in Australia, it covers some medical expenses and does not cover some others.
Here are some links that will help give you some more information;
Of course, you will only be covered while you are in the United Kingdom, so if you are at any point travelling to Europe or elsewhere, you will want to make sure you are covered for any accidents or emergencies. We partner with Allianz and Aussie Travel Cover to offer travel insurance at competitive rates for any of our participants heading over to the UK who require coverage.
Our Beds and Bars job are an ideal option for the person who wants to not have to worry about accommodation as the job is a live-in position. Although previous bar experience is an asset, it’s not required as full training is provided on arrival. With your live-in bar job you’ll receive some of the very best industry recognised training, gain industry recognised qualifications and you’ll have a tonne of other opportunities for development and growth too. With 5 Locations in London and 3 locations in the UK, you have the chance to move around and experience working in different environments. The minimum commitment for the Beds and Bars option is 4 months with pay rates starting at £11 an hour + tips.
Some of the fabulous staff perks include:
IMPORTANT: Staff accommodation is limited at some locations so it’s important you advise us of your arrival plans during your initial consultation call.
If a bed in staff accommodation isn’t available in your planned arrivals week then you’ll be able to continue to stay in the on-site hostel accommodation with other guests until a bed becomes free. As a staff member you get a 50% discount on hostel accommodation and then as soon as a bed in staff accommodation opens up you will be able to move-in to the staff dorm room.
Depending on the location, you might start living in the hostel with other guests for a couple of weeks anyway, before moving into the staff accommodation rooms – this is just to ensure you can acclimatise to the site and other staff members before you start living & working together on a full-time basis!
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