Want to look and act the part when visiting London, then follow this list of pointers and expectations:
-When crossing the street, look right first. This tip may save your life too.
-Pass on the sneakers unless they’re All Stars. Londoners don’t wear sensible shoes for the amount of walking they do.
-Keep the tipping to minimum.. 10-12% in restaurants, nothing at the pub unless you have table service, taxis round up your fare or £1.
-Carry an umbrella but not on your wrist, pack it nicely away in your bag.
-Leave the khakis, baseball hats & fanny packs at home. And while we’re on the subject, don’t even say the word fanny, it does not mean your backside in the UK!
-When asking where the bathroom is, ask for the toilet or the loo. Yes, it’ll be hard to say & you may even nervously giggle, but it’s the way.
-Purchase an Oyster card for public transport travel instead of buying individual tickets, it’s much faster.
-Want a beer? Ask for a pint or half pint, not a bottle, followed by the type: lager, stout, ale, etc…
-Shhhh, keep your voice soft. Londoners are quiet and don’t want to hear your conversation.
-Don’t get irritated if someone bumps into you without acknowlegement … speaking to you would be a second interruption.
-Meal bills are not placed on your table unless you request it. Lingering over drinks and after dinner coffee is expected.
– And that backpack, it’s called a backpack for a reason, keep it off your frontside.
– Say cheers for thank you. It’ll bring a smile to your face just saying it.
(Photo courtesy of malias)