British Culture


  • Greetings are usually informal in social settings.
  • First names are commonly used in social introductions.
  • A handshake is the most common greeting, and should be firm yet not too strong.
  • When greeting each other, close friends may hug or kiss one another on the cheek, while others may simply offer a nod.
  • In some casual settings, your name may be announced to the group at large. In this case, it is assumed that you will get to know others’ names as you mingle. 
  • The British don’t usually ask too many questions upon meeting someone as this can be seen as prying. That being said, it is still best to ask a person whereabouts in the UK they are from upon meeting them. This prevents you from mistaking them as English if they are Scottish, etc.

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