Moving To The UK? -The 10 Cultural Things You NEED To Know From A Brit Herself

Hey guys,

Today I wanted to add a little sprinkling of humor into the day, and what better way to do this than writing about something I know so well.

Disclaimer: These are generalizations and not to offend any fellow Brits out there!

So lets get started,

  1. Depends on where you are, but if you find yourself in London at the metro barrier without your pass or ticket in your hand you might as well walk home. You see, Londoners will be huffing and puffing from even the slightest of hold ups so searching for your ticket at the barrier is not going to go down well! One time I had my ticket in my bag and it only took about 5 seconds to take it out but that was 4 SECONDS TOO LONG. Oh man.
  2. The notorious Jaffa Cake debate. Is it a cake? Is it a biscuit? If you think the latter then you might want to keep that to yourself as the name says it all. People will look at you very worryingly if you even try to raise the possibly that it is a biscuit. Stay safe out there haha
  3. Our text messages look naked without an X at the end. Why does a little kiss at the end of the text message mellow the tone so much? If you message someone “come here now” it sounds so fierce right? but “come here now xx” sounds so much less threatening?
  4. Sundays is roast dinner days just because. If you go to a pub to take something other than a roast dinner are you ok? I am not too sure why this seems to be a permanent tradition but you must try it if you haven’t.
  5. Brits at airports are something else. Only could a British person be drinking beer at 3 am whilst another is eating a huge cheeseburger and fries. Let’s give an honorable mention to the individuals who have BOTH. No judgement here!
  6. Socks and sandals might seem weird to you, but for a Brit a pair a pair of sliders and socks is  THE outfit when you need to pop out to put petrol in your car or to run a quick errand. This is completely normal and rest assured if we get stares we will not blink an eyelid. 
  7. We have carpets in our bathrooms and we have washing machines in the kitchen. No, we don’t know why and nope this will probably never change.
  8.  The ability to know exactly where someone is from by the accent they have. You could say 4 words and a Brit will have your location and the name of your street sussed out within seconds. Useful skill? nope. Impressive? hell yes.
  9. The word “Pancake” is used to talk about a crepe. So if we are eating crepes with lemon juice on pancake day then mind your business haha
  10. You could be so angry at something, livid in fact, but if someone asks you if something is alright you will say “Yes, all fine cheers mate” as if you are the happiest person in the world. Why do we do this arghhhhh. 

See you in the next post!

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Things like #8 are always so interesting to me. When people can narrow down where you’re from so specifically based on your local dialect–it’s cool!

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    1. Right?? Haha thank you! I feel like all brits have this one pretty much nailed !

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      1. Yeah outside of a very few exceptions I’m severely lacking that skill when it comes to the U.S. lol

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      2. Well in your defence the US is huge! So it’s a much harder task I can imagine! I used to live there and only knew the most obvious ones 😂

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      3. I think I like that explanation 😅

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  2. BriN says:

    Haha literally I agree so much about the X at the end of anything I say.😂😂🙌 Also, I never understand people who draw a barrier between pancakes and crepes, and I keep going for crepes most times under the name of ‘pancakes’ ?❤
    Such a lovely post💕😁

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    1. Hahaha right! I’m not sure why but it just makes everything sound better with the x! Thanks for reading 😘

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  3. Sophie Beau says:

    Haha brilliant. The x at the end of texts, when I moved to America they did not understand this! Lol

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    1. Right! I had this trouble when I was in the states too! Must be such a british thing haha

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    2. LOL. I used to put an x at the end of all my Facebook comments, and years ago I commented on an American friend’s post. I got… a VERY angry message from his girlfriend hahahaha.

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  4. Now wait a minute, where is socks & sandals acceptable?!? Also I only know one person who has a carpet in their bathroom and we all think it’s weird! Haha. Another kitchen one – washing up bowls!!! Americans are befuddled by them LOL. I would say the washing machine thing is efficient use of space, although it also says a lot about how much smaller our houses/flats are – surely American apartments have them? Or is that why laundromats are such a big thing there?

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    1. I live in the south of the U.K. and the amount of times I’ve seen people walk around in socks and sandals is shocking 😭 ohhh that’s such a good point, when I was living in the states I was told laundromats are so normal! I don’t know anyone who uses them here

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      1. Hahahaha. Maybe I don’t look at people’s feet enough! That is shocking!

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  5. Hey, you missed another vital British foible: we have two taps! One for hot and one for cold, so you freeze or scald your hands on a regular basis. Not for us the sheer and simple convenience of a mixer-tap where you can adjust the water temperature to ‘just right’. Oh no! 😝

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    1. Oh that’s so true! it’s so hard to get the perfect temperature 😂

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