London is high on anyone’s bucket list as is famous places like Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-avon and the colleges of Oxford. But to get a real sense of life in England you have think British! So here’s our definitive list of things you really should do while in this beautiful country
Drink tea – Forget coffee, tea is where its at in Britain and there’s no shortage of tea-rooms in every city, town and village in the country. We love our tea and we always drink it white, maybe with a sugar or two.
Take in a show at the theatre – The West End maybe famous for its epic musicals and lavish productions but you’ll find great theatres in nearly every major town and city. Mostly of Victorian and Edwardian era, these beautiful buildings are a marvel to look at let alone the famous shows that tour the country.
Ride the tube in London – A must for any tourist, probably the most famous subterranean rail network in the world and one for he largest too. The trains are tubular (hence the name) and many of the stations have an interesting historical past too. You’ve seen them in the movies now take a trip yourself. A great way to get around the city.
Play Bingo – This fun pastime has seen a resurgence since its heyday a few decades ago. Now seen as a fun night out with the girls or a chance to win the jackpot and pay for your next travel adventure. There’s bingo halls in every major city and even some towns. Maybe you’ll win big when you check out for bingo in England.
Take a stroll in the Cotswolds – An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Cotswolds is a region of West England where every little village and town is built with stunning yellow cotswold stone and is a mecca for tourists all over the world. Some of the villages here are routinely voted the most beautiful in England. There’s plenty of day trips out of London to villages like Bourton-on-the-water and Stow-on-the-wold. The perfect place to get some picture-postcard photos of England at its best.
Moan about the weather – This adorable stereotype is entirely true and a national past-time. No doubt on your trip to the UK you’ll experience a myriad of weather that, no matter what the climatic conditions are, will be moaned about. Old people love to moan when its too hot (i.e anything over 25C), enjoy endless drizzle, unusually mild winter days for no good reason, April showers and even monsoons in June! Its really not all that bad but if you want to feel typically British just mention the weather conditions in a negative fashion to anyone you’ll meet and you’ll have a new friend for life!
Say hi to the Queen – A trip to England without a photo outside Buckingham Palace would be a wasted journey. But if you want your photo taken WITH the queen I suggest a trip to Madame Tussauds London on Marylebone Rd. You’ll also meet a host of British celebrities and famous people from around the world. But hey the Queen is the star of the show right?
Enjoy a very British Christmas – We love our Christmases and these days you’ll find special markets in every town and city, festive lights on every lamp-post and a tree in every lounge. We do Christmas very well here and while we can’t guarantee you snow we can always guarantee the very best of British cheer with mulled wine in every pub and mince pies in every cafe! Enjoy!
Have a pint or two at a real pub – Of course we saved the best until last. Nothing says “Britain” more than a pint of beer in a very British pub. The countryside is filled with some of the best drinking establishments you’ll find anywhere in the world. Roaring log fires, friendly locals, real ales and interior decor that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hobbit movie. While the rest of the world drinks in bars, us Brits will always be found in pubs. Cheers!