I know many of my lovely customers from outside the UK maybe be planning a trip soon to our shores and specifically to London - around Christmas it's a great time to come, with all the amazing shows in the West End, outdoor markets and shopping. However, there is more to the UK than a visit to the country’s capital city. In fact, many activities associated with British culture can easily be enjoyed outside of London.
So with that in mind, here are five quintessentially British things you can do not just beyond the city, but also practically anywhere in the world.
A cliche but true...If there’s one thing us Brits have become known for, it’s our tea drinking prowess. It’s tied to us so much so that we treat it as our national pastime. The BBC specified that about 60 billion cups are consumed by the British annually, which is the equivalent to each person drinking over 900 cups every year. If you want to drink tea the way the British do, try it 'builders' style' - strong, splash of milk and no sugar.
Getting out in the coutryside
The British are known for heading outdoors once the sky clears, a rare occurrence given the unpredictable weather, especially in London. In a previous article here on Lee Renée, we provided five places in the city where nature lovers can enjoy being surrounded by green spaces. However, there are easily a lot of areas outside London where you can enjoy taking a stroll to enjoy the sunny weather.
If you want to explore the parks in the UK other than the ones in the capital city, you might want to visit include Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, the Lake District, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, North York Moors National Park, and Exmoor National Park.
British Silents indicates that the Brits never lost their love for bingo ever since it reached the country’s shores in the 1900s. In theory one of the reasons for its enduring nature is that the game constantly evolves. For instance, the introduction of online versions has helped make it appealing to new generations. It’s also meant that it is no longer perceived as a game purely for seniors to play in old bingo halls. The advent of the internet has seen the UK become a hotbed for online bingo communities. Although its core demographic still seems to be women aged between 30-65, which is in line with the many positive testimonials featured here among the list of winners on the top rated British bingo site Foxy Bingo, the digital innovations have proved that players of all ages and backgrounds are now reaping the benefits of this very quintessential British
Enjoy a good Pub
Us Brits enjoy a good pint, but there is nothing quite like enjoying one in a traditional pub. Bitterballenbruid says in its humourous article titled How to Be English (or Weird Stuff English People Do) that it’s nice to take the time to study the local pub culture, wherever you may be. This is not for the purpose of getting drunk, but to learn how to socialise with the locals.
Watch a football game
The British Council describes football as nothing short of an obsession here in England and the rest of the UK for that matter. If you are unable to catch a live match, drop by a local pub to watch a game live on the pub’s big screen televisions (most pubs have them). If football doesn’t really interest you, some alternatives include our country’s other favourite sports, which include rugby, tennis and cricket. Wimbledon usually takes place late June through into July while the English cricket season runs from March to September. Rugby League and Rugby Union (two different disciplines) practically run throughout the year.
Whatever you do, have a fab time and send us a postcard!