10 things you should never do in the UK

You thought crossing the English Channel was going to be easy. However, you have been making blunders since your arrival. lepetitjournal.com presents 10 things not to do in the UK. Please note, this list of “Don’t” is not exhaustive!

Confusing England with the rest of the UK

England is not the United Kingdom, just as Holland is not the Netherlands. England is only a part of the British nation. When you talk about the English, you therefore ignore the Scots, the Northern Irish or the Welsh. It is therefore better to use the terms “Great-Britain” or “United Kingdom” when you speak of the country, just as your interlocutors will be “British” and not “English”. Did you know that each of the British nations has its own flower?

Driving on the left in the UK

Forget that cars drive on the left

First remark, and it’s a matter of survival: cars drive on the left in the UK. By force of habit, we can quickly forget this small detail that is important. So be careful to look carefully when crossing and above all control your directions before taking the wheel (on the right side)!


Stand on the wrong side of the escalator

The same rule applies on foot. The British go up and down the escalators from the left side. It is therefore necessary to close to the right to let the others pass. If you don’t want to upset British phlegm, stay on the safe side.

politeness in uk

Do not abuse polite expressions

The French are generally polite (yes, yes, we assure you!) but from this point of view, the British beat us hands down. A conversation must necessarily be punctuated by “thank you”, “hello” or even “please”. The “sorry” is essential and must be repeated until repentance.


Make fun of the royal family

King Charles III may have big ears, but that’s not why he should be disrespected. Although the British royal family has been through its share of scandals, the British are deeply attached to the monarchy. Just look at the hours spent by the 250,000 people who lined up to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II. God save the King!


Double in the queue

Another politeness not to forget: stay in your place in the many queues. If the Covid-19 has slightly changed behavior, the British are queuing everywhere: waiting for their pint, their coffee or before entering the metro. Do not therefore opt for chaos and do not try to win a few places by any subterfuge. Be kind and wait in line!

You have to be punctual in the UK

Arrive late

His Majesty’s subjects are very punctual, unlike the French. Here it is not acceptable to arrive late and even for a quarter of an hour. The same is true for professional life. It is important to arrive on time for meetings, to respect deadlines and above all to consider the timetable of others.

Distances in London

Underestimating distances in London

The city of London is gigantic. While Paris in its intramural version reaches 105 km2, London has 1572 km2. It is therefore important not to underestimate the distances and above all to calculate your transport journeys well because the distance between two metro stations can be counted in several kilometres. So use public transport (even at night) or bring good walking shoes.

british gastronomy
Are you more pudding or spotted dicks?

To speak ill of British gastronomy

Perhaps the words “foodie” and “British” hardly seem to go together. And yet, Fish and chips, sunday roast, shepherd pies, scones and of course spotted dicks, will delight you! And then London is one of the international capitals of gastronomy for its restaurants with many international influences. You will certainly savor your best tikka masala or delicious artisanal donuts, without forgetting the hopped sweets of the best international beers!


Neglecting pub culture

If you are looking for a Brit in the evening, it will certainly be in a pub. Like the aperitif for the French, going to the pub is a must to make friends and also create cohesion with your colleagues. And in the UK, the rule is simple: everyone has their own round! On the other hand, be careful, pints can be treacherous and it is better to slip away before regretting your behavior. Don’t worry, the next day, back at the office, everyone will act as if nothing had happened.

Feel free to comment at the bottom of this article to give us other things not to do in London and the UK

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