Expectations vs Reality of Living in England

Sage recently uploaded a blog post titled: Expectations versus Reality of Living in Southern California where she debunked some common stereotypes associated with living in Southern California. This inspired me to write my own post, centered around debunking some common stereotypes associated with living in England.

Stereotype: We All Drink A Lot of Tea 

This stereotype is semi-true. Most of the people I know that are English, love a cup of tea and will often have several in one day. The debate about the order of the tea bag, milk and hot water is a debate that I have had previously with several different people. In my opinion, it is the tea bag, followed by the hot water and finally the milk. However, I know several people, myself included, that are English and do not like tea. It is basically flavored water with milk when you think about it.

Stereotype: We Have Never Seen Sunshine 

It is a well-known fact that English people like to comment on the weather, especially to complain about how cloudy and wet it is. However, we do get our fair share of sunshine, especially these past few months in the heatwave we are currently experiencing. Which leads me onto my next stereotype…

Stereotype: We Cannot Handle The Sun 

This stereotype is semi-true. Like all nationalities, a person’s ability to withstand sunlight is dependent on their skin type. A common skin type in England is known as the English Rose and is traditionally a pale skin type, which means that someone cannot withstand the sun for prolonged periods of time. This is perhaps where the stereotype comes from.

Stereotype: We All Speak Posh

Like any other country, we have different accents depending on what part of England you reside in. Areas which attract richer residents such as Chelsea and Surrey tend to sound posher than other parts of England.

Stereotype: We Love Pubs

This is true. A typical after-work activity is to head to the pub for a drink, especially on Friday nights. Birthdays and celebratory drinks are often hosted at the local pub. Pubs are also well-known for their Roast Dinners on Sundays. It is somewhere that anyone can attend no matter what age, although some pubs may restrict times if you are under the age of 18, and can spend as little or as much as they like depending on their financial status.

Stereotype: We Are All Polite

This stereotype is based off the fact that British people love to queue and are known for apologizing, even when something was not their fault. This is true but there are definitely rude people in England as well, especially in London during rush hour, as I am sure there are other countries.

Stereotype: We Have Terrible Food 

When I was carrying out the research for the post, I was surprised to see that this was one of the common stereotypes because I have never felt this way. In London especially, there is such a variety of different cultural foods that there is something for everyone. I personally love the traditional English foods of fish and chips, sausage and mash and roast dinners (all made with vegetarian alternatives for me personally) but even if you do not, there are so many options that it is impossible not to find at least one item of food you like.

What order do you make your cup of tea? 






24 thoughts on “Expectations vs Reality of Living in England

  1. aww I love this – and it’s damn true! Agree with all of these, but I do think the stereotype of us not being able to handle hot weather is annoying because it’s not us, it’s the fact our infrastructure literally isn’t built for it! xx

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    1. Thank you! I agree – our homes are not built with AC and so are many office buildings which makes it seem even hotter. Also it is more of a humid heat here compared to just warm weather abroad. Xx

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  2. Aww I truly loved this post. I’m not British myself, however I have definitely heard of all these stereotypes before. I really love the way you clarified them! I definitely do still dream about moving to the UK at some point of my life. Also, to answer your Q then I make tea exactly the same way as you : ) I hope you have a wonderful week xx

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    1. Thank you! I definitely think that there are differences in opinion for each of the stereotypes, as I am sure there are for any country. I have actually been told the tea bag should come after the water as otherwise you will damage the tea bag and let too many tea leaves out… who knew?!? xx

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  3. I absolutely love this post!! I can break at least two of those stereotypes because I’m not a fan of tea really and in Hull, we have quite a rough accent!! But I suppose we all have stereotypes about different groups of people where some are true and some are not at all xc

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  4. Terrible food?! :O Roast dinners! Scones! Victoria Sponge Cake! :O How can they say that! Also, I’m with you on tea. I kind of go through phases of it, but if I do drink it it’s only ever one a day!

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    1. Ikr! I have no idea where that stereotype has come from but it needs righting right away!! I drink herbal tea at times if I have a cold or a particularly anxious day but I cannot get past the flavour of it to drink it for pleasure.

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    1. Thank you! I hope I did a good job of picking stereotypes as it is hard to think of stereotypes when you know the reality. I am guessing that Sage’s post would have been relevant to you as an American.

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  5. This is so true haha loved this post! I personally totally agree with the fact that English food is not that great – this is probably because I come from Poland and we have some pretty amazing home made &natural food there, whereas I feel like England has a lot of processed or unhealthy traditional food

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    1. I think it depends where you look – England and America are very similarly in that they have people living in the country of different social-economic backgrounds so there is a wide difference in the food that they can afford. Often processed food is cheaper and quicker to cook, especially for working mums. I think if you go to traditional English pubs though, it is very easy to find good home-cooked meals which aren’t processed. And what even defines unhealthy anymore?!

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