4 Assumptions You Should Never Make About England

So you’re planning on traveling to England? If you think that just by reading the news, watching Mr. Bean and listening to Oasis you’ve got a good grasp of what English culture is about, I’m here to tell you otherwise!

I grew up in Brazil and although I studied and learned a lot about other countries around the world, some misconceptions remained and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised to find out I didn’t know much about the Britons.

After living in England for the past eight years and talking to many travelers, I realized I was not the only one with the incorrect knowledge! So let’s see what people thought was true before traveling around the country.

1. There Is No Five O’Clock Tea

I mean, I always thought that when the clock hits five o’clock, everyone has tea at home or somewhere else! That’s what I learned in Brazil! It was indeed something people used to do in the past, but not anymore — or not in the same way.

Barney Moss
Barney Moss

Nowadays, many hotels and restaurants offer the “Afternoon Tea,” which involves sampling several types of tea, with cakes and sandwiches. You could also have a “Cream Tea” and gorge on those marvelous scones, any time of the day!