5 of the weirdest stereotypes in London (& 5 true stereotypes)

5 of the weirdest stereotypes in London (& 5 true stereotypes)

There are a lot of stereotypes in all countries, the Spanish are hot-blooded, the French are mean and the English are too polite. All these things of course have an origin and were not simply invented, but sometimes it's funny how easily people can think that this kind of cliché applies to everyday life.


English people drink tea and scones every day at 5pm sharp talking about the royal family

Yes of course in London they drink a lot of tea but not only at 5pm it's more like all day long between 1 and 3 cups depending on the person. It is also common to drink coffee during the day and both drinks are not often accompanied by scones or other pastries unless of course you go to a tea room precisely to take some time with pastries.

Not all of them are obsessed with the Royal Family at the same time - most would like the local media to report much less about it but it's a bit of a "tradition".

In London it rains all the time

It's true that in winter the climate is not ideal, it's rather grey and cold but it doesn't rain as often as we think, between London and Paris on a rainy day both are about the same level. Of course the greyness is not pleasant in either one, however, the summer in London is very pleasant, the weather is nice, warm and you can enjoy a beautiful walk in parks while drinking a Pimms.

English people know all the Monty Python sketches

Although they're big fans of the comedy group, they're not the most involved, it seems that the Americans are also big fans of Monty Python.

This group of mostly English comedians appeared for the first time on the BBC and continued for no less than 45 episodes.

Sticking a stamp of the Queen of England upside down is treason...

Indeed, it may seem ridiculous but in practice it is better not to try or rather be careful not to stick the stamp upside down by an error of inattention. This could have repercussions not always pleasant because it is true that it is considered as a betrayal.

The English eat Jelly very often.

It is not that common to eat jelly, at least it is not so present in supermarkets and even in restaurants it is quite rare to see it. So was it a myth about English food to scare foreigners?


Up to now the stereotypes were not always true, not verified at least not very exaggerated. As for the clichés that are true, here is a list that will help you see more clearly about London culture.

English people drink a lot

Indeed from 5pm the pubs are full to bursting with matches of all possible sports on TV while they drink beer on beer for hours.

In the same way that the French are very "café terraces" the English are very "Pubs".

English people love football and sport in general

London has 11 professional football teams, there are indeed 7 clubs representing the different districts of London in the first league.

Sport and pubs very often go together as in many countries.

English people are very cultured

Indeed there are no less than 170 museums in London, obviously it is very difficult to visit all of them because it would take a considerable amount of time, but the most visited is the British Museum, which moreover is free like many museums in London, which is very interesting to know.

Taxis know every street by heart

It is true that they are asked to know all the streets of London by heart and normally they are not even allowed to use a GPS. However even if they have a very good notion of the city it is still more reassuring to know that they are not going to make a mistake and take you to a totally different place.

English people are much too polite

It is true that it is more common to hear "Sorry" rather than "Hello" in a day, but it is not necessarily unpleasant. Sometimes it's also true that it may seem a bit forced or even hypocritical, but it's not, it's just the way it is.

Even the burglars leave your house saying "I'm so sorry" if you push the cliché to its extreme, it's like this...


So the clichés are not specifically true for each country, but they can reflect the daily state of mind of the country and its people.

This is a good way to find out more about a country you want to visit or even plan to live in.

Don't think that clichés are automatically true, be careful not to offend someone by trying to make fun of a cliché.

Before leaving to live in a country it is strongly advised to do all possible research on that country to be sure of your choice. Look at the customs, the social culture, the food culture, the style of humour, the style of film or series they watch etc...

If this fits with your personality and you are interested in learning more, then go ahead and tell us and your language exchange friends about the country you are in.

Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer


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