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8 British stereotypes that are actually true

British Stereotypes

I absolutely love being British and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m pretty much guilty of every stereotype on this list! That’s not to say that every Brit is guilty of these stereotypes of course but it’s what we’re most known and loved for around the world. So without further a do, here is the truth behind those stereotypes.

We love our tea


You’ll be hard pressed to find a Brit who doesn’t like a good ‘ol cuppa. Come rain or shine the kettle is on and the chocolate digestives are out, ready for dunking. You’ll also find in Britain that having a cup of tea is the pretty much the answer to everything. If you enter the home of a Brit you’ll be asked upon arrival if you’d like ‘a brew’, if you’ve also had a bad day, a bad break up, a bad anything, the kettle goes on and our troubles fade away as we chat over a nice cup of tea.

We’re all sarcastic


Sarcasm is like a second language in Britain. Those who come from overseas may wonder at first whether we’re being serious or not but you’ll find it’s a big part of British humour and before you know it, you’ll be quipping right back at us ;)

We are a nation of queuers


Of course people in other countries queue but it doesn’t seem to be as big a deal in some countries if there is an absence of an orderly line. So why is it so ingrained in British culture? Well, what shaped us as a nation of queuers was probably World War II. During the War it was all about doing your duty and taking your turn and it’s stayed with us ever since. For Brits it’s a crime to push in a queue and a social faux pas that you should never risk if you’re coming to visit!

Britain queuing in the War

We always talk about the weather

British weather

I’d say that 99% of Brits are guilty of this as it is a true maker or breaker of your day and especially your weekend! Weather in Britain is just glorious (see previous point about sarcasm), you can wake up in the morning to summer time and come home in the evening and it’s snowing, there’s no weather like it. It’s something we all have in common in Britain so don’t be surprised if you’re waiting for a bus and someone turns to you and says: “gosh isn’t this rain terrible?” and you end up chatting for the next 20 minutes about how awful the weather is.

We’re always polite


Britain has traditionally been quite a conservative and reserved place. We’re raised to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and that ‘manners matter’ but you’ll find that we’re so polite that we hold back on telling you what we’re really feeling. This pretty much sums us up:

British politeness

Brits in a restaurant is also a perfect example. When the waitress comes round to do her check and says: “how is everything?” and we’ll respond with: “oh it’s lovely thank you” after secretly complaining for the last 10 minutes that the food is cold.

We love our pubs (and alcohol!)

We love our pubs

Pubs, bars, beer gardens, it’s all on the weekend menu in Britain. If we’re not drinking tea we’re having a pint down the pub catching up with mates. Ever wonder why we have so many slang terms for ‘drunk’, look no further.

We’re not great at other languages

Foreign language fail

Sadly us Brits just generally aren’t great at languages. It seems to be a cultural thing, German and French are taught in most schools up until the age of 14 but ask anyone who took GCSE French at school if they remember anything and chances are they will respond with “Non”. I really admire other countries for the value they put in learning languages like Belgium; in school they are taught, French, German, English and Flemish. They are certainly fluent in at least two languages after leaving school. Alas we keep trying….*sighs*

We’re not great tanners


We don’t tend to be great tanners in Britain but nonetheless we’re absolute sun worshippers! The second a bit of sun is out, the coats are off and the shorts are on, whether it’s just above freezing or 30°C and humid. We never know how long it’s going to last so we savour every minute.

What British stereotypes have you heard on your travels? Comment below :)

Mel x

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Hi, I’m Mel! The adventure-seeking vegan travel blogger behind Footsteps on the Globe. On this blog you'll find my latest adventures, travel inspiration as well as tips and tricks on how to be vegan around the world. You don’t have to give up being vegan to follow your travel dreams and I’m here to show you how!