1.According to Expedia, punctuality is important inthe UK. If you are invited to somebody's house, you're generally expected to arrive on time, but "youhave a 10-15 minute grace period if you are runninglate."
2.You should ask if you should remove your shoeswhen entering a British home, according to Expedia. British people like entertaining others in theirhomes, but some of them like you to leave your shoes at the door, while others don't mind youwearing them around the house.
3.British people love a debate, but you should avoid asking personal questions related tosalary or religious and political affiliations if you've just been invited to someone's house.
4.If someone asks you "How do you do?" the correct response isn't "fine, thanks," according toone INSIDER employee. Instead, you should ask "How do you do?" back — then it's on the firstperson to answer. It's not a common question to encounter, but it's important you know howto respond if you are asked.
Insider网站的一名员工认为，如果某人问你“How do you do?(你好吗?)”，正确的回答不是“fine, thanks(很好，谢谢)”，而应该是反问对方“How do you do?”，然后由第一个人来回答。这不是你经常会遇到的问题，但如果被问到了，知道如何应对很重要。
5.According to Expedia, it's not uncommon at dinner to remain standing until you are invitedto sit down. This is less common if you know the other person well, and the meal is casual. Youshould also keep your elbows off the table, but again, this depends on the situation.
A fairly universal rule in the UK is to lay your knife and fork together at the clock position of 6.30 to signal you're finished.
6.The Expedia guide says: "Be sure to pay for a round of drinks for everyone in your group whenyou're at a pub." You don't have to force everyone to stay for another drink, but pub culture isbig in the UK, so you probably won't have to. If someone gets you a drink, you shouldreciprocate. It's unusual for someone to buy only their own drinks in a bar or pub.
7.Don't wave your hand or call out to get the attention of a waiter in a restaurant, Expedia says. This is considered rude. Tipping isn't compulsory in the UK, but it is considered rude not toleave anything. The norm is 10-12.5% of the bill. But British people don't tend to tip bar staff.
8.This is famously a problem on the tube in London, but the same rule goes for every train andbus in the UK. You should let people off before you try and get on, otherwise everything turnsinto a crowded mess. And you don't want angry Brits grumbling at you for not knowing therules.
9.People in the UK don't exactly love to queue, but they respect the queue. It's incredibly rudeto butt in or skip in front of people.
"When I first went to the US so many Americans skipped the queue in front of me," oneINSIDER employee said. "I didn't know how to react so I spent half an hour just queuing inthat store."
10.You should expect some small talk before discussing business, Expedia says. Once you getdown to talking numbers, be prepared to back up your claims with facts and figures, the guidesays, because "the Brits value facts when making decisions."
You should avoid hard selling tactics and confrontation, as these won't go down well. And youshould maintain personal space when talking to someone. And don't be late.
11.People in the UK apologize a lot, but it doesn't actually mean they are sorry half the time. People say sorry when they get in someone's way in the street, and have even been known toapologize to inanimate objects they walk into. It just comes with the territory, so it'sconsidered polite to apologize if you brush against someone or walk into them, even if it's notyour fault.