UK Cultures

Pub Culture The term pub is a short term for “public house.” A British pub is a place in the neighborhood where people gather for drinks and discussions after the daily grind.

  • Order from the bar and not from your table. The pubs do not usually have table service.

  • When seated with a group, one should get the order of everybody so as not to crowd the bar.

  • To give tip to your server, offer him or her a drink. It will be added to your tab. If a tip jar is existent, monetary tips are welcome as well.

  • One bell from the bar means last order. Two means the bar is closed.

Queuing The next time you see yourself impatiently falling in line to get tickets to a film showing, think of the humbling history of queuing which traces back to World War II.

Turns out, this social action in which British people are now known for, emerged as people to form a file to receive supplies, among others. Today, we see English people following invisible lines and maintaining an organized line for just about anything. There are some social customs that are peculiarly deemed unacceptable by a number of the British queuing public. This includes speaking to other people in line and accepting an offer from the person in front of you to go ahead of the line. Sarcasm The British people are said to use sarcasm on a daily basis. As they find humor in almost everything, they tend to use sarcastic remarks to make fun of the situation. Often, hyperboles are the way to go. If someone is hearing such brand of comedy for the first time, it might be a bit difficult to keep up. Apart from sarcasm, the Brits also use self-deprecation, irony and understatements to joke around.

The Curry

Britain’s love for curry is truly remarkable. It has been highly popularized by Queen Victoria herself.

As the Queen was fascinated by the Indian culture, it is only natural for her famous Indian servant, Abdul Karim, to introduce good curry to her. A lot of authentic Indian restaurants have sprung up since then. National Curry Week is celebrated in Britain every October.