Give it a try!

Give it a try!

fish and chips in a brown bag

If you do go to Britain, you must try fish and chips with salt – and, wait for it, vinegar. Wonderful! I’d stay away from those mushy peas, though.

I also like salt and vinegar crisps. And what’s your favourite?

How to feel at home

How to feel at home

Drinking tea

To feel at home in Britain, I recommend that you drink tea with milk – and perhaps a little bit of sugar. Of course, that is black tea. But nobody says that in England. Tea is tea!

By the way, I’m a milk-in-first person! And what about you?

Do you see these things as being unprofessional? William does.

In this article (link to, etiquette expert William Hanson tells us what he considers to be unprofessional in the workplace.

Things he mentions:

  • tattoos
  • nose rings and piercings
  • tie clips
  • too much perfume (something I don’t like either!)
  • charity bangles (What are they? Perhaps something like this?)
  • visible hair roots
  • high heels (not more than 3 inches)
  • brown shoes with suit
  • waistcoat
  • stubble (What is it? Look here!)
  • backpacks

I’d say that it very much depends on your place of work whether this is acceptable or not. Do you agree?

When wedding rings are not worn

I learned something new today while reading this article in Harper’s Bazaar.

A lot of men from the upper classes in Britain do not wear wedding rings (Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh, for example). It’s an old tradition. The only piece of jewellery that is worn is a signet ring.

As etiquette expert William Hanson explains, signet rings should only have a family crest on them rather than initials.

What about afternoon tea in London?

Some people have asked me in the past whether I recommend any places in London where one can have afternoon tea. People I know have been to The Ritz, to Claridges and to Fortnum and Mason.

But the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is new to me. According to this article in the Daily Mail, written by etiquette expert William Hanson, it has just reopened it’s Rosebery Lounge and re-launched its afternoon  tea.

Looking at the photos, I must say that it looks very elegant (and perhaps very expensive?). But perhaps William’s words can entice you:

“Granted, if you want a highly traditional tea then head to Claridges, Fortnum and Mason or The Ritz, but if – like me – you sometimes get tired of that and want something that’s elegantly different yet reassuringly familiar then the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s tea is certain to reinvigorate and reignite your love for the classic British repast.”