In England we have a popular term; “Do’s and Dont’s”. This basically means a list of things one should or should not do in a given situation. Here is a fun list of things to consider when in England or dealing with English people!
Do pay as you consume – Pay for drinks as you order them at bars and pubs! This is not necessary in restaurants, but is vital in anywhere more informal such as a pub or club bar.
Do say ‘Excuse me’ – If someone gets in your way or you accidentally bump into someone this little phrase will instantly diffuse any worry and will usually get you a smile! It’s also a good way to make someone get out of your way.
Do wait in line – A very particular thing in England is forming queues (a line of people waiting for something). For example, you want to buy something in a shop, but there are four other people who want to buy something too.
Do say ‘Sorry!’ – This is perhaps the most important word in the English language! If you do something that might offend or inconvenience another, say ‘sorry’.
English people say sorry even when they haven’t done anything wrong – for example if you bump into someone, you should say ‘sorry!’ to apologise, but they will often say ‘sorry!’ to you too, even though it was your fault. This is a very English custom.
Do smile! – If you smile, people will smile at you too. Usually.
Do shake hands – when you meet someone for the first time, shake their right hand with your right hand. Not your left! Some people believe that if you shake with your left hand, you are saying ‘Hello, I am homosexual!’ and for many people it is just odd. Right hand only even if you are gay!
Do drive on the left hand side of the road!