Most new tourists do not know what to expect when they visit the United Kingdom for the first time. It is a great place, mind you. But there are a few surprises that catches travelers off guard, particularly those who are more used to tropical settings and scenic beach getaways:
Many first time UK visitors complain about British beer being served warm. Normally, they would be correct because lager tastes bad when served in any temperature other than cold. However, in the UK they serve hand-pulled ale aside from lager, and ale always tastes better at room temperature. If your lager is warm, or your ale tastes bad, then maybe you went to a crappy pub.
Free to Air TV
Don’t worry about bringing along your entire movie collection or looking for an Internet connection so you can check an SVOD service at your hotel, because the UK has the best free-to-air TV in the world. If you are only familiar with Doctor Who when it comes to British TV programming, you are missing out on a lot.
Don’t Bother Looking for Mixer Taps
The idea of having one tap that can change between cold and hot water is completely alien to the British. If you’re going to stay in their country, accept the practice of getting your hot water from one tap and cold water from another.
Buy Train Tickets in Advance
If you ever plan on commuting by train a lot while in the UK, you should buy tickets in advance because you will save a lot compared to dealing with walk-up prices. This is particularly true if you ever plan to commute during weekends and public holidays.