Like all cultures, the British have their own particular way of going about things, their own sets of rules and etiquette. Although nobody would expect an international guest at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate to become a fully British citizen during their stay, it is still helpful to know some of the quirks of British culture so as not to be alarmed if you are offered more tea than you know what to do with.
The British are known for their dry sense of humour. Sarcasm and cry wit can get you far in Britain and often doesn’t translate to other countries. England and London have a great history of comedy so watch some British Comedians such as Stewart Lee, Michael Macintyre and Jimmy Carr to get an idea of what to expect. A bit of laughter can get you far.
The quintessential British Pub
When on a business trip and having to attend long meetings with your British counterparts, a good way to unwind after work and network with new colleagues is through London’s innumerable public houses. This is one of the staples to British culture and is often mimicked around the world. The British Public House is world famous as one of the many brilliant things that England has to offer and offers visitors a great way to meet new people and soak in Britain’s abundance of ales and lagers.
Learning the best way to travel
No one wants to be late for work and in a city like London, where the speed in the centre for cars and buses is at an average of 7.4 miles per hour it is all too easy to get stuck in hideous traffic. Make sure you plan your journeys accordingly, keeping in mind to add extra time for travel at rush hour peak times. There are many options for travel so make sure you are up to date with Underground services and delays, bus routes and taxi services.
Language and accents
Being a multicultural city, London is host to an array of accents. From the archetypal Cockney to the Northerners of Yorkshire and Birmingham, it can be hard to keep up with the dialects that come with them. Swot up on your English dialects I you’re going to be spending a lot of time having to listen to the English. Not everybody speaks with “Royal Pronunciation”!