For people planning to take a trip to the UK, there are many exciting things to do and see. However, first-time visitors need to be aware that they are entering a culture that is totally different from their own. Here are a few things that should be avoided when travelling through Paddington and the UK in general.
Don’t be offended by nicknames
The English people have a series of affectionate names they like to use. The West Midlands have some creative names they use to refer to people based on their origins, sex, or actions such as chuck, mate, dearie, son, and miss, among others. This naming convention is typical for the region. It’s a good idea to avoid taking it personally and just to go along with it.
The Queen won’t be there to greet you
The Buckingham Palace won’t open its doors for you to greet the Queen of England. She is not likely to be there anyway. Furthermore, it is even less likely for visitors to England to see any royal family member who lives very private lives under high security. Just be happy to see these folks on the television.
The London Bridge is a collective term
The London Bridge is not the term for a single bridge, so don’t go around singing “London Bridge is falling down” every time you see a bridge in London. The term refers to several bridges built over the Thames River. The latest bridge that was constructed between the City of London and Southwark in Central London is known as the Tower Bridge.
Drive on the right (left) side of the road
In England, and therefore in Paddington, people drive on the left side of the road. People who are used to driving on the righthand side of the road can feel very awkward, and they must take extra care at intersections when turning left or right into connecting roads.
Silence is golden in the UK
Finally, be aware that England is a place where silence is more respected than speaking your mind. This includes eating in a restaurant; if you must speak, it is advisable to do so quietly. This is also applicable to public spaces, especially underground railroads. Being too loud might get you some stares of disapproval.