13 Surprising Things To Experience on Your UK Trip
United Kingdom is replete with an undying charm that mesmerizes its visitors. And while there is so much you could anticipate when traveling to the UK, there are some things that will take you by surprise!
Here are some quirky things that will leave you dazed on your visit to the United Kingdom:
1. Cars Can Be Rarely Used To Commute
Being a huge city, it’s anticipated that London will have chaotic traffic. But the London streets are tremendously crowded so much so that even if you have a car, it is parked 96% of the time. Cars are mostly used only to travel to the countryside.
2. Pre-packed Sandwiches For Lunch
Everyone is in a hurry to reach somewhere. And pre-packed sandwiches are the best meals to go! Available not only in convenience stores, but you can also grab one even at a supermarket, a pharmacy or at newspaper stalls!
3. The Accent
Don’t drink coffee I take tea, my dear, I like my toast done on one side.
You can hear it in my accent when I talk; I am an Englishman in New York.
We all are very well versed with the heavy British accent and are quite intimidated by it most of the time, but the surprising fact about the British accent is that it changes every 25 miles!
4. Punctuality And Manners
UK is a place of manners! Greeting strangers you meet on the bus, wearing formal clothes, being extremely punctual are some of the attributes that are both inspiring and surprising!
5. Out-Punch At 6 pm
The people of the UK are extremely punctual, having said that, it will also surprise you that they are punctual to leave for home after office too! Every office in the UK and all the public spaces close after 6 pm and you will find the locals chilling at a local pub or enjoying a warm meal back home!
6. Pub At Every Corner
UK loves its Ale and Lager! Practically every corner in London has at least a couple of pubs and this pattern runs throughout the UK. The love for the beer makes the people of the UK start their weekends on Friday afternoon and yes, you can get a bottle of beer to work on Fridays!
Also, it is not illegal to drink after the age of five under parental supervision during family dinners and get-togethers! Now, that’s a really surprising fact we weren’t aware of!
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7. Obsession With The Royal Family
Yes, we are aware of the love and respect people of the UK have for their Royalty. But the obsession is surprising! Be it spending a tremendous sum of money just to get a glimpse of the Royal newborn to the paparazzi trying to make news of little happenings in the royal palace; people of the UK have a huge obsession for their Queen!
8. Student Discounts
If you are a student in London, you have a sale all year round! London offers great discounts to students, right from bars and pubs to transportation to hospitals to clothes and departmental stores.
9. Horses, Ponies, And Donkeys Need A Passport
If you thought you could ride a pony and feel like a royal when in the UK, think again! Your pony needs to have a valid UK passport. Not just the ponies, but the horses, donkeys, zebras need to have an animal passport with microchip declaring their details and the fact that they are not available for human consumption.
10. Free Museums
A UK trip might be a little hard on your budget with high priced accommodations, transportations, overall expensive cost of living and more, but one pleasant surprise is that most of the state and council-owned museums have free entry! This includes major ones like the British Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum in London.
11. Separate Taps For Hot And Cold Water
So you like you drinking water cold? There is a tap for it! And you want a hot cup of water for your green tea, there’s a tap for it too! The concept of mixing units in plumbing has probably not been accepted by the people in the UK and every place will have separate taps for hot and cold water! Not that we’re complaining!
You will find this one practically everywhere in the UK! Gregg’s is the largest bakery chain in the UK with around 1600 outlets selling lip-smacking pasties ( British Baked Pastry), sandwiches, doughnuts, and sausage rolls.
A hot pasty here and you will be more than happy!
We’ve already spoken about the love for the beer and the multiple pubs of the UK but Wetherspoon deserves a special mention! Owning 1000 outlets throughout the UK and Ireland, Wetherspoon’s is more about the experience it offers rather than just the drinks. Low prices, no music, long opening hours and cask ale, we all can imagine why it is the hot favorite among locals and tourists alike!
Did these facts surprise you or you already knew them? Do you happen to know more surprising facts about the UK? Comment below and let us know!
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