Many people mistakenly believe that London is a city where it is almost always damp. This is one of the most common myths about the capital of Great Britain. London receives only 590 millimeters of precipitation per year.
1. Separate taps for hot and cold water are traditionally common in England. It is not very convenient, but why it is so accepted - I do not know.
2. Most Britons consider themselves English, while the Scots are only Scots and the Irish are exclusively Irish.
3. Accents vary greatly depending on the part of the UK and even part of the city (London, for example). Sometimes also according to the degree of privilege of classes.
4. The British are wildly cold-resistant people, children go to school in short pants and skirts with golfs until the very cold, so it is normal to see a man in a T-shirt in November.
5. They really love pubs. Every Friday you will find a huge crowd drinking beer and traditional ales in pubs, and people will even stand outside in the cold if they don't have enough space.
6. In London, everything is very cramped and compact, apartments are mostly small, as are cafes and restaurants.
7. Because of this compactness, someone can be put at your table if you are sitting at a table for four, and there are only two of you.
8. Sometimes it seems that the British adore the crowd. There are so many people in pubs that it seems that you can "stand" only with your legs bent. However, this does not stop new visitors.
9. Even if your English is far from perfect, you will be told that you speak well. In case of objection, they will add that their Russian is worse in any case.
10. In local supermarkets, there is just a lot of ready-made food for every taste, which must be consumed within a few days after purchase. There you can find Chinese, Indian, English and all kinds of other cuisines.
11. Taxis are simply incredible, legendary expensive, but they can be stopped absolutely everywhere and at any time.
12. London has a huge and developed underground, it reaches all parts of the city, including the airport, and is incredibly integrated with train stations.
13. The fare depends on which "zone" of the city you are traveling from. Center - zone 1, there are 6 of them, if my memory serves me right. Fares vary greatly depending on distance.
14. Bicycle stations can be found throughout the city. Using a credit card, they can be rented for a specific period. It's wildly convenient.
15. Unlike Moscow, there are few sushi bars in London, but in general the cuisine is more varied. Lots of Indian restaurants.
70 funky facts about London and the UK
16. The total number of restaurants is huge.
17. Absolutely in any area you can find a laundry, as it is generally not accepted to wash shirts and T-shirts at home.
18. For many Englishmen, Balinese, Thai and Filipinos act as nannies. Sometimes they hardly speak English, and how children understand them is still a mystery to me.
19. If you said that you are from Russia, then the first question you will be asked is whether you are from Moscow or not.
20. Even in the center of the city, you can find stalls and tiny shops where Pakistanis and Indians sell different left brand clothes.
21. Every weekend in the morning in many squares and public gardens fairs of farm and home food are formed, after 13.00 you will not find them with fire.
22. By the way, no one will understand the time 15.00, only 3 pm. Our system is used only in the army to indicate the direction, such as "enemy at 16.00".
23. Many British people are proud of their army and the fact of possessing nuclear weapons.
24. Almost always, when ordering services, replenishing an account, etc., you only talk to a telephone robot. A living voice cannot be heard.
25. Many Englishmen have visited Paris only once or not at all, although it takes only 2 hours by train from central London to central Paris
26. Almost all pubs have only traditional food: potatoes with fish, mashed potatoes with sausages and, at best, burgers.
27. To meet in broad daylight a man in a tuxedo (dinner suit in English, a dinner suit) is absolutely normal.
28. There is not a single shopping and entertainment center in the center in our understanding. This is a purely American theme, everything is segmented here.
29. It is simply impossible to do a lot without a bank card.
30. When you talk about our politics, many are surprised how much we know about it. The British have little interest in such things.
31. Almost every Londoner has at least 400 HD channels at home, with subtitling, rewind and recording.
32. There is not a single movie theater where everything goes. As a rule, everyone only shows certain films, for example, retro or comedy. Or retro comedy.
33. The London Underground has special seats for musicians, and they can make very good money.
34. In addition to such giants as MacDonald's, Burger King and KFC, local chains with various types of sandwiches and other products, mostly unheated, are very common in the UK.
35. The British apologize for any reason, even if they did nothing serious. For example, if a person stands before leaving the store and noticed your momentary confusion about this, he will apologize.
36. You can order almost everything at home: food, alcohol and even a hookah.
37. Cashiers can say thank you about 4-7 times during one purchase.
38. If you hear English classics like The Beatles, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin playing, you immediately grow up in the eyes of the locals and move to a new level of communication.
39. Sometimes on the streets you can find just huge aunts. To be honest, I'm afraid of them.
40. English humor is really quite peculiar.
41. Local laws oblige pubs to clean the surrounding area on the street themselves, cleaners always bypass them.
42. Admission to almost all major museums in the country is absolutely free. You decide how much you are willing to donate to the museum.
43. I have never seen stray animals. It is unlikely that they are euthanized; rather, they are castrated and kept in special nurseries.
44. None of the grocery stores are open after 21-22 pm.
45. Many customs and signs are different in different parts of the united kingdom (Britain, Scotland, Ireland and Wales).
46. Almost every supermarket and fast food product will have a large “Grown in the UK” sign on it.
47. You can find a club for every taste. There are those where very harsh electronic music is played, while there will be two or three halls with different directions. There are so many people that it is sometimes really difficult to break through.
48. In a subway car, passengers always leave the newspapers they read. New arrivals take them and read them too. Thus, a newspaper changes more than one owner per day.
49. Hookah is not very popular here. You can find several establishments concentrated in the Arab quarter. At the same time, hookah smoking is also prohibited indoors, but there are heaters on the street, and people smoke all year round. If you want, you can find a place where they will do it inside, but they will warn you that they will take it if the cops come.
50. Unlike most other Europeans, the British are happy to visit. Although it will take some time for you to be invited.
51. Real estate agencies always want to deceive you, taking advantage of your ignorance of local legislation.
52. If you order something essential at home (furniture, carpet, appliances), then it's just hell. In new houses everything is accepted by the concierge. But if it is not there, then they never say the exact time of delivery. Usually something like 2-9pm. They call in 30 minutes, so you can't leave your home too far.
53. Because of such a delivery system, all neighbors insure each other and take the goods for you if they are at home.
54. Average annual rainfall is 584 mm, less than Rome or Sydney. So the eternal London rains are a myth.
55. Almost everyone has an umbrella with them, because the rain can start suddenly. But usually it does not last long and quickly fades away.
56. Money in the form of coins is very common.
57. Regular police officers do not carry firearms.
58. On the street you can find breeds, in my opinion, all the dogs in the world. Some are just obsessed with dogs.
59. Taxi drivers are very talkative. If you keep a conversation with them and be polite, you can even get an invitation to have a drink in the pub together.
60. Almost all builders are from Eastern Europe, and you can often hear Russian speech.
61. Sometimes you can meet old women and grandfathers of 70-80 years old who dress in the fashion of the 40-50s and look very conservative, but they have some kind of charm and dignity.
62. You can also meet an old man of about 70 years old in a ceremonial military royal uniform or in the form of the Navy. It is customary in society to treat such people with special respect.
63. People can be very touchy. If you accidentally hurt someone and did not apologize, they will tell you that you are poorly brought up and remind you to say "sorry" in such cases.
64. In general, the food is very fresh and varied. In addition to sour cream, black bread, doctor's sausage and kefir, you can find everything.
65. If you really miss your homeland, then at your service are shops with Russian products and Russian restaurants. Usually they are kept by immigrants from Russia and the CIS countries.
66. London is a city of queues. There are queues at Sturbucks, MacDonalds, Apple Store and even restaurants. This is normal.
67. Every taxi driver passes a very tough exam on the knowledge of the city, foreigners are not hired there at all. My street is 200 meters long, but there was not a single case when they did not know where it is.
68. Usually the British graduate from their analogue undergraduate and do not go to the magistracy.
69. They also do not have a PhD, but only a Ph.D. (PHD). If you have it, then you are simply at sky-high heights for them.
70. The sockets almost always have a button-switch, so you never need to pull anything out of the socket.
71. Free newspapers are always handed out before entering the subway.
72. In general, this is a wonderful and thought-out country to the smallest detail, I can sincerely advise everyone who thinks to move here! :-)
During World War II, Norway was occupied by Nazi troops. The Norwegian king and his family received asylum in London. As a token of gratitude, since 1947, Norwegians have regularly delivered a Christmas tree to London, which is installed in Trafalgar Square. On the same square, there is a statue of George Washington, and, moreover, it is installed on the ground brought from the United States. After all, Washington has declared that he will never set foot on the land of England. In 1908, athletes from Russia, then still tsarist, took part for the first time at the London Olympics. Despite the fact that the Russian delegation was not numerous, only 6 athletes, they won 1 gold and 2 silver awards.
The first Russian Olympic champion was Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin, who won a gold medal in figure skating competitions. There are a lot of queues in London. However, it is not at all necessary to stand in them, for a certain amount you can hire a professional stand. There are special offices in London that offer this service. In 1894, an interesting article was published in the Times, which reported that, due to the abundance of horses in the city, by 1950 London would be covered with a layer of manure 9 feet high. The forecast was not destined to come true: by the middle of the twentieth century, there were much more cars on the streets of the capital of England than horses. Who is the most famous resident of London? Of course, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, a man who never existed in reality. In 1990, a museum of the legendary hero of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle was even opened on Baker Street. Visitors can visit Holmes' apartment, buy souvenirs and take pictures as a souvenir. Football is England's national pride. It was in London on Queen Street on October 26, 1863 that representatives of 11 clubs gathered, organizing the Football Association of England.