What Makes Britain Great

February 1, 2020

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships, commonly known as simply ‘Wimbledon’, is another great British institution. The first Wimbledon championship took place back in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in […]

January 24, 2019

If there is one thing us Brits are known for, it’s having a sense of humour. This is just as well given some of the name calling that has happened over the years. We have been called many things – here are just a few of them…

April 3, 2018

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 […]

February 5, 2018

Unlike in some other countries, in the UK, tipping in restaurants is usually ‘discretionary’. It is not necessary to tip at all if you are unhappy with the level of service you’ve received…

September 5, 2017

A round of applause is the usual way we Brits demonstrate our approval for something or recognise an achievement, but dignity, civility and decorum are still important…

August 10, 2017

Social kissing is becoming increasingly popular in Britain, but it is by no means an accepted norm, and is therefore a potential minefield…

July 2, 2017

Us Brits can be just as warm and friendly as the next person, we just like to be civilised about it. There has to be a dignified distance between strangers, especially in public places. Visitors to our nation can take a while to understand this and some people just stand too close, without any idea how offensive we find it…

April 29, 2017

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 snap’ can bring the country to a standstill…

January 10, 2017

Using the WC should be a fairly straight forward and simple exercise so why is the mention of it surrounded by so much social embarrassment? Find out what etiquette is appropriate here in the UK…

November 23, 2016 Tags:

There are many foods which are traditionally British: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, pie and mash and of course the great English breakfast fry-up. Fish and chip shops serve all sorts of things these days – pies, sausages, burgers and even curry…

September 21, 2016 Tags: , ,

British pubs aren’t famous the world over for nothing! The ‘local’ (as we call it) is the backbone of social life throughout most of the country, serving pints of real ale, lager and cider alongside continental beers, wines and spirits…

August 16, 2016

There was a time when Britain was very much a class-ridden society. Today, multiculturalism and a changing economy are gradually eroding the British class system, but some features of the system still remain.

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