Stand in line:
Wait patiently for your turn e.g. boarding a bus. It is usual to queue when required, and expected that you will take your correct turn and not push in front. ‘Queue jumping’ is no good
Say “Excuse Me”:
If someone is blocking your way and you would like them to move, say excuse me and they will move out of your way.
Pay as you Go:
Pay for drinks as you order them in pubs and other types of bars.
Say “Please” and “Thank you”:
It is very good manners to say “please” and “thank you“. It is considered rude if you don’t. You will notice in England that we say ‘thank you’ a lot.
Cover your Mouth:
When yawning or coughing always cover your mouth with your hand.
When you are first introduced to someone, shake their right hand with your own right hand.
If you accidentally bump into someone, say ‘sorry’. They probably will too, even if it was your fault! This is a habit and can be seen as very amusing by an ‘outsider’.
A smiling face is a welcoming face.
Open doors for other people
Men and women both hold open the door for each other. It depends on who goes through the door first.
Don’t talk loudly in public
Don’t throw any rubbish or cigarette puffs on the floor in the street or anywhere. You will have a fine of 80£ and they will catch you!! . Police is all around
Don’t steal from shops! there are cameras and guards everywhere (small shops, big department stores and steet markets) even if you don’t see them. Sometimes they don’t wear a uniform
Don’t stare(quedarse irando a la gente)
Privacy is highly regarded.
Do not greet people with a kiss
We only kiss people who are close friends and relatives.Do not pick your nose in public:
We are disgusted by this. If your nostrils need de-bugging, use a handkerchief.
Do not spit.
Spitting in the street is considered to be very bad mannered.
Do not burp in public
You may feel better by burping loudly after eating or drinking, but other people will not! If you can not stop a burp from bursting out, then cover your mouth with your hand and say ‘excuse me’ afterwards.
Do not pass wind in public
Now how can we say this politely? Let’s say that you want to pass wind. What do you do? Go somewhere private and let it out. If you accidentally pass wind in company say ‘pardon me’.
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We eat continental style, with fork in the left hand and the knife in the right.
The British generally pay a lot of attention to good table manners. Even young children are expected to eat properly with knife and fork.
The foods we don’t eat with a knife, fork or spoon include sandwiches, crisps and fruit.
How to greet someone
British people are quite reserved when greeting one another. A greeting can be a bright ‘Hello’ ‘Hi’ or ‘Good morning’, when you arrive at work or at school.
A handshake is the most common form of greeting among the English and British people and is customary when you are introduced to somebody new.
It is only when you meet friends, whom you haven’t seen for a long time, that you would kiss the cheek of the opposite sex. In Britain one kiss is generally enough.
The usual formal greeting is a ‘How do you do?’ and a firm handshake, but with a lighter touch between men and women.
‘How do you do?’ is a greeting not a question and the correct response is to repeat ‘How do you do?’ You say this when shaking hands with someone.
First person “How do you do?”
Second person ” How do you do?”
‘How are you?’ is a question and the most common and polite response is “I am fine thank you and you?”
First person “How are you?”
Second person “I am fine thank you and you?”
Nice to meet you – Nice to meet you too. (Often said whilst shaking hands)
Delighted to meet you– Delighted to meet you too.
Pleased to meet you – Pleased to meet you too. .
Glad to meet you – Glad to meet you too
Good Morning / Good Afternoon / Good Evening
Hi – Hi or hello
Morning / Afternoon / Evening ( We drop the word ‘Good’ in informal situations).
How’s you? – Fine thanks. You?
Thank you / thanks / cheers
We sometime say ‘cheers’ instead of thank you. You may hear ‘cheers’ said instead of ‘good bye’, what we are really saying is ‘thanks and bye’.
Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect , a fast but expensice alternative to the Piccadilly Line.(It arrives at Paddington station)
RAF Museum (Hendon)
The Imperial war Museum (Kennington)
London has over 40,000 shops and 26 major street markets to choose from.
Oxford Street (Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus)
Oxford Street, London’s busiest shopping street, is in the heart of the city’s West End. It is the place for buying souvenirs, clothes, and so on.
Covent Garden (Nearest Tube: Covent Garden )
Overflowing with street markets,entertainment, trendy cafes, English pubs, and small boutiques. A must visit for all tourists to London.
Charing Cross Road is where book worms go. Mainstream bookshops, such as Foyles, Borders and Blackwells, line the street but perhaps the most unique feature about this road are its rare, second-hand and specialist shops. Foyles is famous for five floors containing thousands of titles.
Tottenham Court Road
The best place for electronics shops and furniture stores.
Knightsbridge (Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge)
Fashion / Designer boutiques
Harrods (Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge)
This store is world renowned and is considered an attraction in itself. The “Food Halls” are a popular tourist attraction, along with an abundance of traditional British merchandise. Be prepared to spend a long time in Harold as it contains over 300 departments!
Selfridges (Nearest Tube: Marble Arch)
This store has an extensive designer section for both men, women and children, constantly updated by the arrival of international labels.
Hamleys. (Regent Street. Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus )
Hamley`s is every child`s dream come true. It offers seven floors of toys for all ages – from traditional soldiers, dolls and trains to high-tech computer games and robots.
Petticoat Lane Market is a great place for bargain clothes and shoes.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Portobello Market a place to buy antiques, clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac and organic fruit and vegetables all in one place.
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate / Ladbroke Grove
Camden Market has become one of London’s top attractions. You can find hippie cloths, craft stalls, 70’s nostalgia and vegetarian food.
Nearest Tube: Camden Town / Chalk Farm