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LONDON

Do you want to work as an au pair in London?

 

Here you can find more information and many suggestions for your au pair stay in London.

 

Information at a glance

City: London
Country: England
Language: English
Surface area: 1.572 km2
Population: 8.308.369
Country and area code: +0044 20
Website: www.london.gov.uk

 

Au pair stay in London

London is the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the most important cultural and economic centers of the world.

 

Thousands of tourists come every year to visit the city. And while many of them might dream of staying there, long-term living in London can be quite expensive.

 

This is why many young people come as au pairs to London: it is the perfect way to get to know the city and learn more about British culture while not having to spend too much money.

 

As an au pair, you are staying with a host family and you work for a small salary. You also receive free food and accommodation, and your host family can help you find your way around the big city.

 

Being an au pair in London

  • requirements: 17-30 years, not married, no children, be in good health, experience with children
  • working hours: 25-35 hours per week
  • responsibilities: child care and small chores around the house
  • salary: 70-85 GBP per week
  • duration of au pair stay: 3 months to 2 years
  • health insurance: free National Health Service
  • language course: there are public and private language schools
  • driver's license: watch out for the left-hand traffic

 

What to do in your free time in London

Au pairs in the UK get 2 days off per week. Take advantage of this free time to see the city and meet new people.

 

Once you get used to the daily routine in your host family, it will be easier for you to plan your free time. Try to make the most of your day as there are many things to do and see in London.

 

You can go sightseeing, shopping, or go to a cultural event, such as concerts or gallery openings. There are so many choices that you will find it hard to decide what to do.

 

 

Transportation tips:  

  • Travel Card“ – valid for one day for the subway, buses and trains
  • Railcard“ – valid for one year

 

The most important sights in London

  1. Big Ben
  2. British Parliament
  3. Buckingham Palace – the royal residence
  4. City Hall
  5. Globe Theatre
  6. Hyde Park – London's green lungs
  7. London-Eye (Ferris wheel) – great view over London
  8. St. Paul´s Cathedral
  9. St. James´s Park – London's oldest park, populated by thousands of squirrels
  10. Tate Modern museum
  11. Tower Bridge
  12. Tower of London – impressive jewel and weapon collection
  13. Trafalgar Square – the heart of London
  14. Westminster Abbey – church of the British monarchs

 

Language schools in London

One important goal during an au pair stay in London is obviously to improve your English skills. Apart from practicing the language with your host family, you can also take language classes.

 

We recommend English courses at a community college. There, you can not only take English classes, but also many other interesting courses, such as art courses or sports courses.

 

Our suggestion: sign up early, as community colleges are very popular and classes usually fill up very fast.

 

 

Language schools in London:

  • Barnes Community Association English School
  • South Thames College
  • Victoria School of English
  • Hampstead School of English
  • Oxford House College
  • Richmond Adult Community College
  • Richmond Oxfordhouse College

 

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Sports in London

  1. gyms
  2. biking
  3. sports centers
  4. yoga or Pilates classes
  5. jogging in one of London's many parks

 

Special tip: before signing up for a gym membership, let them know that you work as an au pair in London, as you usually get a special au pair discount.

 

Exploring the surroundings of London

The weekends are perfect to get to know the areas around London. Some popular destinations around London are:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Coventry
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Oxford

 

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