15 Unspoken Rules About England All The Locals Know

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Locals: Vote up the rules all tourists should know before visiting England.

Rain, rain and more rain... If you are planning to visit England, it's important that you take your umbrella! But that's obvious, right? There's plenty more you should be aware of before going, and the locals have been kind enough to share their knowledge.

  • 1
    336 VOTES

    Leave The Queen's Guard Alone

    From Redditor u/EarballsOfMemeland:

    Don't get in the way of the Queen's Guard. They're not just ceremonial, they're professional trained soldiers and won't even break stride when they shove you out the way.

    336 votes
  • 2
    227 VOTES

    Use Public Transportation

    From Redditor u/Lebagel:

    My most practical advice for Americans is not to hire a car in London.

    Public transport, particularly the tube, is the way to get around. Avoid rush hour in the morning/afternoon and you can zip around London very comfortably. The roads will always be a bit hairy.

    If you're going to other cities, public transport holds up too: trains and buses (although it can get expensive). But hiring a car becomes an option. Remember we drive on the left and love our roundabouts.

    227 votes
  • 3
    235 VOTES

    Learn British Words

    From Redditor u/DavosLostFingers:

    Make sure you get your idioms and words right. "Fanny" doesn't mean the same thing over here as it does in the US.

    235 votes
  • 4
    190 VOTES

    Don't Be A Queue Jumper

    From Redditor u/Crypto7899:

    For the love of f*ck, don't be one of those people who think that just because you're p*ssed off, that means you're allowed to jump the queue.

    All queue-jumpers will be met with eye-rolling and under-breath muttering.

    Also please don't try and imitate the accent OR assume we know your friend in Liverpool just because we live in the same country.

    190 votes
  • 5
    198 VOTES

    No Weapons

    From Redditor u/Th4t9uy:

    I know it's fairly normal in America to have [a knife] for utility purposes, but if the police here catch you with one, you will be in for a world of trouble. I very much doubt that they will be any kind of lenient[...]

    198 votes
  • 6
    236 VOTES

    Enjoy The Weather Or Shut Up

    From Redditor u/Yaxax:

    Do not complain about the weather. No one comes here for a tan.

    Do not interfere with the Queen's guards. Don't try to have a photo with them. Don't try to make them laugh. Just look, then leave.

    Do not cross the road until there's the little green guy. If you're going left when you reach the other side, stay on the left side of the crowd.

    If you walk into someone, or in someone's way, say sorry. It goes a long way.

    Selfie sticks are acceptable. Complaining that other people are in your picture is not.

    Do not jump queues. We take it very seriously over here.

    Don't try to imitate anyone's accent. You're doing it wrong.

    Do not mention politics. Literally, no one knows what's going on anymore.

    Have tickets/boarding passes/passports/etc. ready before you're asked to show them. We don't like waiting behind people who aren't prepared.

    Do not forget an umbrella.

    236 votes