What Makes Britain Great #16

What Makes Britain Great #16

Afternoon tea, the most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s, it was not until the mid...
What Makes Britain Great #15

What Makes Britain Great #15

Customs vary around the world regarding when tipping is appropriate, and at what level.  This is one of the questions we’re often asked, we all know how embarrassing it can be if you get it wrong: 15. Tipping Unlike in some other countries, in the UK, tipping in...
What Makes Britain Great #14

What Makes Britain Great #14

Social etiquette can be a nightmare in a country where the culture is unfamiliar. Here’s another little tip to help you feel more at home when you start living here: 14. Applause A round of applause is the usual way we Brits demonstrate our approval for...
What Makes Britain Great #13

What Makes Britain Great #13

Social kissing is becoming increasingly popular in Britain, but it is by no means an accepted norm, and is therefore a potential minefield for those from different cultures and customs to know what to do. 13. Kissing To kiss or not to kiss?  This is usually dependent...
What Makes Britain Great #12

What Makes Britain Great #12

What separates us Brits from the crowd? Let’s talk about just that – separating ourselves from the crowd.  We like our personal space.  There has to be a dignified distance between strangers, especially in public places. Visitors to our nation can take a...
What Makes Britain Great #11

What Makes Britain Great #11

The very unpredictability of English weather always seems to take us by surprise: a few weeks of summer sunshine results in near-drought conditions and garden hose bans; a few days of heavy rainfall causes rivers to swell their banks and disastrous floods; a ‘cold...