- Queueing is a distinctly English habit! When you are waiting to pay in a shop, or waiting for a bus, you will cause offence if you don't queue.
- You are not allowed to use mobile phones in some public buildings such as hospitals, buses or trains, or at petrol stations.
- Smoking is illegal in enclosed public spaces (including pubs), public transport and taxis. You should check if you are unsure, or you might see a "no smoking" sign displayed.
- In the UK, men and women can wear whatever they want most of the time. An exception to this might be:
- a nightclub banning jeans and trainers
- you might be expected to wear a suit or smart clothing to a job interview
- In the UK, women have equal rights to men, and are treated equally in all ways. If a woman rejects the advances of a man, any further advances could be seen as sexual harassment. Sex without the consent of the other person is considered as rape - a very serious offence. This includes sex within marriage without the consent of the wife.
- In the UK, most restaurants will stop serving at around 10.30 -11pm - this is a lot earlier than in some other countries. Restaurants can be expensive - a lot more expensive than eating at home. Some restaurants do not welcome young children, so it is best to check before you go.
- Children under 16 are not allowed in the bar area of any pub - they are only allowed into the eating area of pubs which have restaurants in them.
- It is considered polite to say "thank you" to the driver when you get off a bus or out of a taxi!
- When driving, it is considered polite to say "thank you" by smiling or gesturing to another driver who has let you onto the road in front of them.
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