In the UK, we drive on the left. Road rules are strictly followed, and speed cameras are common on major roads. If you plan on driving on the motorway, make sure to adhere to all speed limits and stay to the left unless you want to overtake.

Standing on the right

It’s a known fact that us Brits take queuing very seriously. But did you know that it extends to escalators too? It’s a standard rule across the country to stand on the right when travelling, but on the London Underground, it’s almost law. If you want to stand still and ride the escalator at ease, stand to the right. If you’re in a hurry, keep to the left and march on.


In London, Birmingham and Manchester, a discretionary tip of 10-12% is usually added onto receipts. Outside of major cities, tipping is at your discretion. It is considered polite to leave one, but you are not obliged to.


The drinking age in the UK is 18. If anyone in your party is 16 or 17, they can - if accompanied by an adult - drink (but not buy) beer, wine or cider with a meal at a licensed premises (except in Northern Ireland). Drinking is also allowed in public places such as parks.

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