Customs in the United Kingdom

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The most popular language in the United Kingdom is English, spoken by over 70% of the population.

The currency used in the United Kingdom is the Great Britain Pound (GBP) - £.

Britain is a multicultural melting pot, its members of society coming from various backgrounds.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

Typical greeting in the United Kingdom is a firm handshake upon meeting and departure.

If you are invited to someone's home for dinner while visiting the United Kingdom, dress as though you are attending a business meeting unless specified otherwise. Bring a box of quality chocolates, a bottle of good wine or a bouquet of flowers for your hostess. Remain standing until you are shown to your seat. When you are finished eating, indicate so by laying your fork and knife parallel across the right side of your plate.

If you are dining out in a restaurant, it is customary for the person who extended the invitation to pay the bill. Instead of trying to pay half, offer to reciprocate the next time. If you are at a pub, it is common to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the group.

During tea time, wait a few minutes for the tea to steep before serving. Remember teatimes: High Tea 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. and Low Tea is at 4:00 p.m.

When it comes to gratuity, in the United Kingdom tipping is acceptable and appreciated in most circumstances.
• Restaurants: 10-15% if no service charge or if service was impressive.
• Taxis: 15%
• Porters and Bellhops: £1.5 per bag
• Hotel Housekeeping: £1.5 per night or £7 per week

Customs and Etiquette in Business

Meetings must be scheduled a few weeks in advance. Punctuality is very important; if you will be even five minutes late, phone ahead to let your associates know. Expect a brief amount of small talk prior to discussing the topics at hand. If you are giving a presentation, provide well thought out materials and avoid making exaggerated claims about your product.

Proper attire for business meetings for men is conservative suits, silk ties, and polished shoes. Avoid striped ties. For ladies, stylish and modest business suits, dresses or skirt and blouse combinations are appropriate. Accessories are worn.

Business cards are usually exchanged without ritual. Have your professional title, advanced degrees and company's founding date printed on your business cards.

Children (under 11):