England, Great Britain, the United Kingdom, the British Isles … these are terms that cause confusion even among British people, so don’t feel too bad if you don’t know the difference. To give you a better understanding of when to use each word or phrase, it’s easiest if we look at the situation from two different angles: geographical and political.
When you think of educational institutions in the UK, your mind probably conjures up images of Hogwarts. Although the Harry Potter movies were actually filmed at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, there are in fact a lot of universities around the country with historic architecture that’s every bit as stunning. If you’ve ever dreamed of studying in medieval libraries, surrounded by antique leather-bound books, take a look at our guide to the six most beautiful universities in Britain.
As a long-term expat from the UK, the thing I miss most about that country is the food. Every time I go back, I always gorge myself on as much traditional British food as possible but never manage to make my way through all my favourites before I have to leave. To spare you the disappointment of missing out on the best fare in Britain, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most delicious British foods.
Pubs are central to the British way of life, with some estimates suggesting 15 million people visit them each week. Although they can be a great place to hang out with friends, the unwritten rules of the pub often cause problems for non-Brits. This six-step guide should help you.