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Travel Guide: Exploring The United Kingdom (UK)

We live in a world filled with so many beautiful places to see. Although not everyone gets the opportunity to explore these places. When you do, make sure to educate yourself with a travel guide about this place in order to guide you on your journey.

UK (United Kingdom)

The United Kingdom is a sovereign country in Europe. The full title of the UK is known to be ”the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. It is situated between the North Atlantic and the North sea. The UK includes places such as England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The country occupies a major part of the British Isles because it includes the island of Great Britain. The north-eastern east is one-sixth of the island of Ireland and some smaller surrounding islands.

United Kingdom beauty
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Places You MUST See

The London Eye

This is London’s famous big wheel, but it was not London’s first. The London Eye is a popular landmark and historical building.  It was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel until it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang.

It was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and was launched in 2000. The formation of this building took seven years and £75 million to build the London Eye. The fact that it was beyond expensive and took an extensive amount of time to build means that people actually valued this building. Its steel design forms an “A” shape, with two large tapered legs at the base — 65 feet (20 meters) apart and each over 190 feet (58 meters) in length.

It is a beautiful tourist attraction with more than 3 million visits anually.The Eye of London is similar to what the Eiffel Tower does for Paris. It is open and accessible to everyone, not only to the rich or those in higher power and that is the beauty of it.

The London Eye
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Roman Era Baths

Another tourist attraction! They were built between 60-70AD in Sommerset Bath. The purpose of these baths was to provide bathing and leisure facilities within the complex of a majestic temple. It was dedicated to the Roman goddess of healing, Minerva. The baths were huge illustrations and people travelled across the country to bathe in the waters and worship at the religious temple.

Early in the 5th century, the baths were neglected and fell into despair, before being destroyed by flooding. In 1978, Charles Davis (city surveyor architect) came across the Roman remains of the baths and worked to unravell these over the next few years. Eventually the site was opened to the general public 1897 and has been excavated, extended and conserved throughout the 20th century. In 2011, they Roman Baths completed a huge £5.5 million redevelopment, to help with accessibility and to make sure it is suitable for the next 100 years.

As time went on, the Roman Bath’s popularity grew and people started using it on a daily basis. These baths were so well known that the rich who had millions of Euro of running water and did not need it used it. The baths were there for entertainment purposes as well, because it had a friendly environment. People communicated, relaxed and enjoyed themselves.

roman baths
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Language

‘English’ is the dominant language spoken in the UK. This is not their official language, but English is the de facto national language of the United Kingdom, meaning there’s no law that makes it the official language. It is spoken by approximately 59.8 million residents, or 98% of the population, over the age of three. It’s used in every official capacity just because the country overwhelmingly speaks the language. It is spoken pretty well everywhere in the United Kingdom, but it is strongly represented in England, specifically. There are 14 indigenous languages used across the British Isles: 5 Celtic, 3 Germanic, 3 Romance, and 3 sign languages: 2 Banzsl and 1 Francosign language.

The United Kingdom is also tied third least-likely in Europe for speaking a foreign language, with only 31 percent speaking at least two languages. There are three other languages that are used widely in certain parts of the UK. These are:Welsh in Wales, Gaelic in Scotland and Irish in Northern Ireland. If you live in Wales, it is a prerequisite that your kids will need to learn Welsh at school.

Great Britian
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UK Slang

Some UK slang is significantly different compared to American slang. People from the Uk would use words that include: “Mate”, which refers to friend. Asking a question, for example, it would look like this:“Excuse me, mate, is anyone sitting here?”. It is also often used to address people you do not know in informal situations, such as in bars or on public transport. It is particularly used among men (but not always). This is one of the most popular terms used.

Another one includes the word “gutted”, which technically refers to the insides of an animal before eating it (gutting a fish, for example). The meaning in UK refers to feelings of disappointment.  People would say things such as “He is gutted, because his girlfriend broke up with him. “ Many other slang terms include words like: Trollied, arsed and gagging. The word “Bloody” is a Favourite. The usual definition would refer to something covered in blood, but in the UK people use it to refer to emphasizing something. The phrase ‘bloody hell’ is used quite often because it is typically used to express annoyance or irritation. In addition, it indicates extreme astonishment, to the extent of being rocked back on one’s feet.

The idea behind slang words lies in cultural ties. It gives a presentation of where you originate from and helps you understand the uniqueness of that place as well. Additionally, understanding the slang of another language helps you communicate more effectively.

UK slang
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Food

Food is an important necessity wherever you find yourself travelling to. Therefore, exploring the different varieties available is a must!

British Breakfasts

Traditional English Breakfast

There is nothing like the smell of bacon and eggs early in the morning. The full English breakfast consists of fried eggs, sausages, back bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and toasted bread. In addition, adding a slice of white or black pudding (similar to bloodwurst) is the cherry on top. This meal goes well with tea or coffee. These days, breakfast may also include other items such as baked beans and hash browns, as well.

The idea behind a full meal at breakfast is to prepare you for the day ahead. Keep in mind, the brain can not function on an empty tummy.

UK breakfast
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Drop Scones

The most important meal of the day is breakfast. You can never go wrong with having pancakes early in the morning. Drop scones (Scotch pancakes) are a delicious UK delicacy. It is known to be small, thick pancakes, made by dropping spoonfuls of batter onto a hot frying pan. These pancakes were originally invented in Scotland.

These fluffy treats quickly spread throughout the British Isles – Queen Elizabeth herself tried out these drop scones. Apparently she prepared them for President Dwight Eisenhower during his visit to Balmoral Castle in 1959. Drop scones make a perfect breakfast, and they are best enjoyed warm. Additionally, they can easily be turned from a simple breakfast to an irresistible dessert. You can find this delicious breakfast at the Wolseley restaurant in Mayfair, London.

delicious drop scones
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Lunch Time

The British Sandwich

Having a sandwich for lunch is considered to be the ‘go to’ lunch meal in the UK. We need to keep in mind that breakfast wears off pretty fast, so some people prefer to skip it and just have a coffee or some fruit. Lunch is considered to be much more important. In fact, they love sandwiches so much there’s a week dedicated to celebrating it called the British Sandwich Week (in May each year).

Your typical sandwich includes the following fillings:

  • Cheddar cheese (with Branston pickle)
  • Ham (with mustard or salad)
  • Cucumber
  • Coronation chicken
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Egg mayonnaise and cress
  • Prawn mayonnaise
  • Beef and horseradish

This delicious lunch is perfect for your average 9-5 worker or school kid, because it is filling and tastes really good. Additionally, the Egg Bango, Bacon Butty and Egg and Cress Sanwich are London favourites.

British Sandwich Week: Pimp Your Sandwich | Tefal Blog | Food & Cooking
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Soup For Lunch

Eating soup for lunch is just as popular because it is an easy-going light meal. Especially for those that prefer to eat in small portions. The usual options are a classic tomato soup or simple mixed vegetable soup.

You just can’t go wrong with a bowl of hot soup for lunch in the UK. Soup can usually be found in almost any cafe in the UK, including: Pure (fast food cafe), Sufi restaurant and The Trew Era Cafe and it goes perfectly with bread and butter or croutons.

soup for lunch
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What’s For Dinner?

Roast Dinner

One of the most popular choices for dinner would be the roast dinner. Consisting of roasted meat, mashed or roast potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. A really good side dish that goes well with this meal includes balsamic mushrooms.

It was traditionally served as the main meal on Sundays, because the Sunday roast was seen as a celebration, because all meat and dairy could be consumed on Sundays. It is believed that the Sunday roast first came about during King Henry VII’s rule in 1485. People are now eating it any day of the week, because this meal has become so irresistible.

Sunday roast beef lunch
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Balti Curry

British people are crazy about curry. There are plenty of diverse communities in the country. The city of Birmingham in the United Kingdom made balti cooking big and famous thanks to its undeniable love for flavors and dishes imported from the Middle East, India, and Asia.

Balti is a type of pan you cook in. Therefore, it is more a style of cooking than it is a recipe. The more spices, the better the curry tastes – especially chicken spices, which is one of the best out here. Additionally, you can make your own spices, such as the classic balti spices which you can make yourself in bigger batches and keep in an airtight container (mustard, garam masala, cumin, cloves, and turmeric are just a few of the spices that go into the fantastic blend). Traditional curry is cooked over a high flame.  This type of curry is served in a classic round-bottomed balti dish. It usually takes about 1 hour to cook and this aromatic dish is great served over rice. This dish can be served with bread, dhal or potatoes.

Balti Curry
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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie originated in Scotland and the North of England. Its primary ingredients include minced lamb, potatoes (mashed) and cheese. Many families will make this dish using beef, but then it should actually be referred to as Cottage Pie then.

This is a really good home-made meal for dinner. It’s best prepared at home, but you can find it in a restaurant such as The Ivy Soho Braserrie, The Ivy Restaurant and The Windmill.

 

Shepard's Pie
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Fashion

A classic British look always includes a blazer or something like a suit. Along with a pair of slim-fitting jeans or trousers. However, like any other country, jeans and t-shirts would cut for an everyday look.

Must have clothing trends in UK

Classic Trench or Pea Coat

This is perfect for any occasion. Whether it is for work, where you can style it with tight fitted pants, a shirt and a pair of cute heels, or for men, proper pointers. Celebrities such as Grace Kelly and Jackie O have been spotted wearing high-quality trench coats in a fashionable sense. This is an item that you do not want to miss out on, because one always needs something on top of an outfit and the trench coat is the perfect cherry on top.

This type of trench or pea coat can be found at Primark – a clothing store in London.

Classic british look
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Peter Pan Collar Dresses

This recently became popular due to the item being so versatile. You can pair this dress with a trendy heel, a boot or a simple pump. The collar on the dress gives it a classy edge and, on top of that, it is very easy to wear, because the material is usually made up of 100% cotton.

These dresses can be found in Hearts and Roses clothing stores in London that predominantly sell vintage clothes.

Peter pan collar dess
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Layered Clothing

You are not British if you’re not wearing atleast 2 – 3 layers of clothing. The idea with plenty of layers is to look good and warm at the same time, so it’s best to stick to dark, neutral colours and only wear one patterned piece at a time in order to ace this look.

Uk is popular for wearin glayered clothing
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The Royal Family

The Royal Family was established on 17th July 1917. King George V (the first royal of the family) proclaimed the last name of the family to be Windsor. The famous family is situated in Buckingham Palace, which is the primary residence of the queen and the administrative headquarters of the Monarchy. Additionally, Windsor Castle is the Queen’s weekend residence.

The monarchy goes as follows: First of all, we have Queen Elizabeth (The 2nd) who was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Dutchess of York. She became queen in November 1558. Her main job is to be the political figurehead or, in other words, head of the nation. Then we have Queen Victoria (previous Queen), Princess Diana , Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) and Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex.

They are highly respected folks. The idea behind the members of this family is to support the queen in her many state and national duties. As well as assisting in charitable events. They need to help strengthen national unity and stability.

The Royals
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Where The Royals Spend Their Time

We need to keep in mind that they are normal people, just like us. Therefore, they spend their time in everyday restaurants and bars.

The Chelsea Pub is one of those places.  Kate reportedly joined her fellow school mums for a meet and greet at this pub. Then Prince Harry was spotted at the Hollywood Arms. He described this place as being perfect for weekend brunches and Sunday roasts (when open). In addition, it has its own gin and cocktail lounge.

Concluding Thoughts

The UK has many things to offer. If you have never been there before, hopefully you will definitely want to go now to experience the life of the English folks.

 

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