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The Culture

The Culture

  • 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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