English Life & Traditions

Here’s our loose collection of posts on English life and its many weird and wonderful traditions:


The Great British Pantomime Tradition

The Great British Pantomime Tradition

Pantomime, or ‘Panto’, is an essential part of the Christmas experience for a British child. What are these strange shows, and where do they come from? We investigate this strange tradition: What Is Pantomime? Panto is a musical show put on at Christmas for children that follows several key tropes…

British Movie Locations: Where Your Favourite Movie Was Made

British Movie Locations: Where Your Favourite Movie Was Made

Many of the movies we’ve come to love have done so partly because of the locations in which they’ve been filmed. Here, then, are some of the best of these places, with directions and info on what to do if you visit. Enjoy …. Notting Hill ‘Notting Hill’, the romantic…

Top 10 Strange English Place Names | Great Snoring, Crapstone & More

Top 10 Strange English Place Names | Great Snoring, Crapstone & More

If you take a look at the map of Britain, you will notice that there are some strange English place names. Here are 10 of the strangest of these. While some of them are pedestrian, more than a few were bizarre, suggestive and downright hilarious. With its chequered history and…

Traditional English Food With Strange Names

Traditional English Food With Strange Names

Discover traditional English foods such as Toad In The Hole, Bubble And Squeak, Spotted Dick and Jellied Eels. The English have never been known for their cooking ability (the French, very unfairly, call us the Rosbifs – or ‘roast beefs’). However what we don’t have in culinary skills, we make up…

The English Weather: The Making Of A Local Obsession

The English Weather: The Making Of A Local Obsession

What is it about the English that they spend so long discussing their weather? We take a look at what lies behind the national obsession and find out how the language has evolved to cover every aspect of the Englishman and woman’s favourite topic of conversation. “England’s Weather” Don’t Forget…

The Great Public Schools Of England

The Great Public Schools Of England

English Public Schools: Eton, Harrow, Winchester & More A British education at one of the great public schools of England has long been sought by the rich and powerful of the world. Kings, Maharajas, Princes, Heads Of State and more have sent their offspring to the schools of England for…

Saltaire Village, Bradford: One Of England’s World Heritage Sites

Saltaire Village, Bradford: One Of England’s World Heritage Sites

Saltaire is one of the few relics of the Victorian age that tells a story about the working class that doesn’t end in destitution. One of England’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Saltaire is a perfectly preserved, purpose-built industrial village. Built by philanthropist Titus Salt in 1851, it has survived…

British Insults, Slang & Phrases: The Ultimate Guide

British Insults, Slang & Phrases: The Ultimate Guide

Here’s our guide to the choicest British slang, insults and phrases: The British language has many nuances, something Shakespeare made use of back in the day. Today, there may not be as many poets and playwrights playing around with language as there was then (or rather: there are more, they…

Harry Potter Movie Locations: A Magical Tour Of England (And Scotland)

Harry Potter Movie Locations: A Magical Tour Of England (And Scotland)

It’s now 20 years since we first saw the world’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter, come to life on screen. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ in the US) was released way back in 2001 and easily became the highest grossing film of that year. In the years following,…

The Top 10 British Inventions: From The Kettle To The World Wide Web

The Top 10 British Inventions: From The Kettle To The World Wide Web

For such a small nation, there have been lots of great British inventions. Indeed, here are many things we wouldn’t have without British ingenuity and exploration of ideas. Some basic things that we take for granted wouldn’t be possible if weren’t for someone smart Brit many years ago. So the…

10 Fun Facts About England: Weird English Traditions

10 Fun Facts About England: Weird English Traditions

There are lots of fun facts about England due to its long history which has thrown up lots of strange anomalies and rather strange ways of doing things, or traditions. Anyway here are the best: 10 Fun English Facts 1. England Isn’t A Sovereign State England is actually a part…

Solve These 5 Baffling English Mysteries

Solve These 5 Baffling English Mysteries

England’s long history is full of mysterious stories that have never been fully explained–or at least not to the satisfaction of modern-day detectives, historians, and ghost hunters. Visit the sites where these fascinating legends took place and make up your own mind about the truth. Solve These 5 English Mysteries…

9 Tips For Americans At An English Football Match

9 Tips For Americans At An English Football Match

Soccer’s popularity has skyrocketed globally, becoming one of the most widespread sports for people to both play and watch. However, Brits have been aboard this bandwagon for far longer than Americans. If you’re traveling abroad in England and have the opportunity to catch either a Premier League, UEFA or minor…

10 Great Family Friendly Attractions in England

10 Great Family Friendly Attractions in England

England’s a great place to visit, but can be a challenge if you have to keep children amused. Let’s see if we can help with some family friendly attractions in England… Many of the places that adults enjoy visiting – historic buildings, beautiful cottages etc – can quickly bore younger…

10 Weird and Wonderful English Village Rituals

10 Weird and Wonderful English Village Rituals

Whether you are visiting England for the first time or you are a regular vacationer, you should do more than pass through the villages. They have some rituals that may seem silly, but are often centuries old. 1. Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea Every January in Whittlesea is the Straw Bear…