COMMON MISTAKES TO MAKE IN LONDON

Every country comes with its own set of rules and routines, and London is no different. Althoguh the city itself is very diverse, there seems to be an intuitive draw towards a universal language of rules. Perhaps this is something to do with the massive influence British culture and personalities have on the rest of the world but when you’re in London, you’ll find that almost as if by telepathy, everybody adheres to the same rules and seems to know the same British facts. To an outsider this can seem like a lot to take in, but with a bit of guidance, guests at the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel and beyond can really get to grips with what not to do in London.

Don’t order full English on a full stomach

food

The classic full English breakfast generally consists of sausages, tomato, and bacon, egg either scrambled, fried or poached, baked beans, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. This is usually served with either orange juice or a good strong coffee with plenty of ketchup or HP sauce on the side. There are, of course, vegetarian options to the Full English breakfast but one thing they don’t do is compromise on the size of meal. The full English is just that, full, and will fuel you throughout the day. If your eyes are bigger than your stomach then you may find yourself lumbering through London with an upset one. Only order the Full English Breakfast if you feel you can handle the size.

Big Ben is the clock tower

Big ben

Many people mistake the name Big Ben as referring to the houses of parliament that it stands above The Houses of Parliament, or the palace of Westminster was built in the year 1016 whilst Big Ben, the 90 metre high clock was erected in 1855.

Walking on the escalator

When taking the tube there is a certain etiquette that should be taken. You may find yourself getting dirty looks if you decide to walk or stand on the wrong side. This is especially true at rush hour, when people are in just that, a rush. This can lead to accidents and injuries so as well as being out etiquette, adhering to the rules should be out of safety as well.

London Tube

Rush Hour

And that brings us neatly on to rush hour. It can be hectic in London so if you’re travelling with many bags or with a group then it may be a good idea to steer clear of this time of day. The problem is, everybody finishes and starts work at the same time so there is a massive race for the trains, leaving many cramped in like sardines. Between 8 and 10 am and 5 and 7 pm are not times suited to those who are claustrophobic. What’s more, the roads are packed so travelling by bus can take double or sometimes triple as long as usual. The travel fares per journey also go up at these peak hours.

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