What is typical of the UK? Fish and chips, rain, afternoon tea and biscuits, soccer, the Queen, pubs, Elton John, double-decker busses, the Beatles, whiskey, red telephone boxes, understatement, Harry Potter, Scottish tartan and, of course, Shakespeare.
As the UK’s capital city, London is home to more than seven million people, making it the European Union’s most populous city. The vibrant city, pulsing with life, offers fashion, music and culture on every corner. Wax figures at Madame Tussauds, Tower Bridge, the Globe Theatre and St. Paul’s Cathedral are only a few of the sights that London has to offer. The London Eye, the world’s tallest observation wheel, is an absolute must for those with a head for heights.
Country and people
The UK is the largest island in Europe. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all part of what is officially known as “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” The large number of immigrants, primarily from the former British colonies, gives England in particular multicultural charm. British humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but has become a real trademark of the country, just like afternoon tea itself. The Brits are well known for their unique fashion sense, so it’s no wonder that many famous designers find their inspiration in the streets of London.
The Royal Family
The Royal Family is as much a part of the UK as fish and chips. In March 2012, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and most Brits are loyal to the 87-year-old monarch. After the death of Lady Diana in a car accident in 1997, the Royal Family has once again found a young fashion icon and popular member in Catherine (Kate), Prince William’s wife.
Culture and sport
People in the UK enjoy hearty meals, music and afternoons spent together in the pub. The Brits follow the national sports, cricket, soccer and rugby, with great enthusiasm. But golf isn’t far behind. After all, golf is Scotland’s national sport. Interesting: The world’s oldest golf tournament, the British Open, takes place in Scotland every year.
In the UK, there are many opportunities for you to enjoy your leisure time. Walks through fascinating landscapes, the geography of castles, relaxing in parks and attending sporting events are a few of the standard pastimes. An array of museums invites interested visitors on a tour through the history of the former colonial power. Music fans also get their money’s worth in the city of London, too.