Living in an Olympic City – part 7 – A guide to the British

The Guardian Newspaper has published a handy guide for visitors to the UK for the Olympics. It serves as a handy guide to all thing British – you can find the full article here

 Pay no attention to those bow-tied etiquette experts you sometimes see on CNN International, telling you how to behave while in Britain. These people are generally of dubious provenance, normally live in California and tend to peddle advice that is either irrelevant or out of date. For example, they will often say that Britons love queuing and are so fond of apologising that they will often say “sorry” even when something isn’t their fault. In reality, Britons are just as likely to jump to the front of a queue and then punch the person behind them for coughing. It all depends on how muggy it is.


 If you have arrived early, you might just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the final leg of the Olympic torch relay. Or you might be at a riot. Ask yourself the following questions: are there lots of people holding flames, or just one? Is everybody running in the right direction? Does the nearest branch of Foot Locker appear to be having the craziest sale ever?


We here in the UK want nothing more than to provide you, our guests, with a fantastic experience this summer, combining the best in international sport, brilliant facilities, fantastic entertainment and a cultural legacy that draws on centuries of excellence in art and architecture. If you ended up with four tickets for the wrestling at the ExCel Centre, well, better luck next time.

Do you have your favourite tip for a visitor?


  1. Raised in South Philadelphia where a vendor of cheese steak sandwiches will not serve you if you don’t order in English, I must warn you not to expect to hear everyone in London speaking the Queen’s English.
    On a visit to London last October I heard more foreign languages spoken in the tube than English.
    If still alive, Joey Vento would have a heart attack if he sold steak sandwiches in London.

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