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Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England

Rose West has been an online writer for more than 10 years. She often writes about England, Hawaii, and books.

Why Do We Love Britain So Much?

There seems to be a running trend nowadays among Americans. We are in love with England! It’s the British Invasion! Back in the ‘60s, the British Invasion meant The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but to tell you the truth, the English never left. Americans, more than ever, are obsessed with England, English people, and English culture.

If you think about history, an American’s love for England really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. America declared independence from England in 1776, and both countries fought for eight long years in the Revolutionary War. Several decades later, England and America clashed again in the War of 1812. In the first days of America’s independence, we were enemies with England. So why don’t Americans hate England?


It Started With Allyship

After the first fights with England, Americans and Britons became allies. We have fought side by side in World War I, World War II, and in the Middle East. We have been friends, committed to helping each other out. We have died for each other. So maybe our love of England does make sense after all.

I can’t say for sure if Britons are in love with Americans, but Americans are enthralled by the English and their ways. Let’s look at the top fifteen reasons why Americans love England. These are from the perspective of an American—an American who also confesses to a little fascination with a country she’s never visited.

15. The Accent

British people can’t really help it. They just have the cutest accents! Of course, there are probably hundreds of English accents in the U.K., but the average American can’t tell the difference between them. Americans love to imitate an English accent. The British probably think that we sound like idiotic monkeys, but it really amuses us. I wonder, do English people try to imitate the American dialect?

Why Can't the English Learn to Speak!

A Brit's Attempt at an American Accent...

14. The Queen

English people have royalty! Although democracy is what this country is all about, Americans are simply fascinated by the royals. We all know that the queen doesn’t have any real power anymore, but for some reason, England still keeps her on the throne. What she does there is a mystery to me. American girls have this dream: One day, you’ll find out you’re related to some rich royal personage—you’re really a princess, after all—and then you get to marry Prince William.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

13. Prince William

No explanation necessary!

Prince William

Prince William

12. The History

England is so rich with history. The country has been around for centuries and centuries. Some of England’s buildings are older than the Constitution of the United States. England has existed so long, that its history has become the stuff of legends. England is the home of King Arthur and Robin Hood and Jack the Ripper, and fairies and dragons and dryads.

History becomes legend.

History becomes legend.

11. The Way of Life

Americans, in general, lead very busy lives. I’m sure English people are often the same way, but we like to view them as leading simple countrified lives. Drinking tea out of fine china every afternoon. Walking to the village church every Sunday. Gossiping with the neighbors (over a cup of tea, of course). Knitting by the open hearth. Watching Punch and Judy puppet shows.

Country Church

Country Church

10. The Food

Crumpets, bangers, hot toddies, pasties. Many of us Americans don’t know what these really are, but they sure do sound delicious. How can English people eat scones and biscuits at teatime every day and not get fat?

9. The Thatched Roof

We like to think all British people live in thatched-roof cottages. Ivy grows along the plastered walls, and roses bedeck the walkways. Rosy-cheeked children wear britches and run around playing blind man’s buff (apparently, Americans get it all wrong when we say “blind man’s bluff”).

8. The Little Cars

When we think out from under the thatched roof, we realize that English people actually own cars (don’t they just walk everywhere?). Except for the fact that the English drive on the WRONG side of the road, the English know a little bit about cars. English cars are so cool! Who wouldn’t want to drive a mini cooper around the streets of London?

7. The Telephones

People in England must not own telephones. If they ever have to call someone, they run outside and use one of those bright red phone booths. At least, that's how it works in the movies.

6. The Bond, James Bond

English people are classy. That is, they’re classy when they’re not living under a thatched roof. I’m beginning to think there must be two kinds of English people: the thatched-roof ones, and the classy James Bond ones.

5. The Humor

Monty Python, Mr. Bean, Jeeves and Wooster, Punch and Judy. Americans think British humor is hilarious (except for maybe Punch and Judy. I’m still not sure what that’s about). But I have this lingering feeling that Americans aren’t laughing at the same things that the English are laughing at.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

4. The Simon

Americans love Simon Cowell. He’s mean, blunt, arrogant, insolent, and insulting. What’s there not to love? And Americans don’t just love Simon Cowell; they love British judges on reality TV shows. There’s Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne on America’s Got Talent. There’s Nigel Lythgoe on So You Think You Can Dance. And there’s Len Goodman is Dancing with the Stars. You’d think that maybe there would be American judges on British reality television shows, but there aren’t. Apparently, America may have talent, but it doesn't have taste, whereas England boasts talent and taste. Oh, and by the way, there are no American nannies. Children only listen to nannies with British accents.

Americans also love watching BBC television. The very popular TV show The Office actually started in England on BBC. PBS’s Masterpiece Theater airs many BBC-produced shows. Let's not forget about the hugely popular Great British Bake Off and its popularity in the U.S.

3. The Drama

There are many very distinguished actors and actresses from England. Maybe it’s their accents, maybe it’s their poise, but in any case, Americans love to watch the English act.

2. The Music

As I mentioned before, Americans love British music. The British invasion gave us The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. Since then, the U.K. has shared with us the music of Sting, U2 (ok, so they’re Irish, same difference, but not really), Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, KT Tunstall (who’s Scottish), Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and my favorite, Keane.

1. The Literature

Now we come to my favorite part of English culture—the literature. England has given birth to some of the greatest writers in all of history. Who hasn’t enjoyed reading the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Agatha Christie, etc.?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Rupert Taylor from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on December 01, 2019:

Oh dear. This article describes a Britain that ceased to exist more than half a century ago. Eight-three percent of Brits live in cities. Of the estimated 25 million homes in Britain just 60,000 have thatched roofs.

The mini you pictured went out of production in 1967. I had one. It was horrible.

Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium to a Dutch noblewoman and a British/Austrian father.

This article is full of inaccuracies and misconceptions. It reminds me of a story my British father told me. As a Royal Navy officer during World War Two, he met an American counterpart who was surprised that my father didn’t wear a monocle, believing it to be the habit of all English gentlemen. Dad replied that he had never actually met a monocle-wearing Brit.

daniel evans on March 08, 2019:

England has very hot summers and is one of the hottest country's in Europe after Spain Italy and Greece the reason England is so hot is because there is so much metal in England and under ground and England's seas are close to being tropics because the English sea becomes from the tropics, it goes in a cercal tropics to English sea and the water doesn't get much time to cool down, the worm sea heats up England like a spoon because of all of the metal so its very warm and loads of warm air comes to England's direction so it gets very hot in the summer about 40 degrees 104 Fahrenheit and gets droughts you may not think its that hot in England but it is since and geography reasons.

James on January 31, 2019:

I apologize for this but most of us don't live in villages I'm from a town , one misconception everyone gets wrong is assuming British like the royals to be honest most of us view them either in contempt or with general indifference. Me personally I dislike them also our food is far more diverse then cliche foods yes they are part of our national identity but they are not a prerequisite all food from various cultures is fair game to us. Also we don't like people immitating us it can come across quite annoying , if we came to America and started immitating your accent in front of you when you know that's not our real , it would come across rude and a bit weird tbh unless you actually know that person they would think your mocking them just to give you a heads up.

Sup Guyzz on January 18, 2019:

Just wanna tell you people that not all British people have posh,annoying or silly accents.We have all kinds of accents.

Nicholas Andrews on January 16, 2019:

Sorry Darling,

Sting isn't Irish. He's English.

However, it is flattering to hear that you Americans have such love for our country.

Thank you x on November 14, 2018:

Amy Simpson got that wrong. Just got back from the States and they were all over me, my way of life, my accent, my humour, everything!

J Jones on May 06, 2018:

The founders of the USA were British. England only had a small area on the east coast and nobody cared when France helped them have independence. They wanted to carry on being British but without the leaders of that time

Ashley on March 30, 2018:

Snow Patrol is from Northern Ireland NOT Scotland!!

Borat on March 27, 2018:

Amy Simpson seems to know it all, except for polls of course, which show US citizens have highly favourable views of the British.

Amy Simpson from Washington DC on March 12, 2018:

This article definitely does not represent America. Most Americans dislike the British and find them very annoying. America in no fans of the British. Britain is a 3rd rate country that was once powerful. Now they are a nominal empire and matter very little in the world. Most fellow Americans I know have no love for the Brits.

Jake Paul on January 30, 2018:

Great work bro

Coastie01 on January 06, 2018:

What a poor article. You conflagrate " England" with Britain constantly mixing the 2. If there's one sure fire way of annoying people from Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland it's to do just this !!

Max joned on November 21, 2017:

Most Americans hate us.

James on October 31, 2017:

Thank you so much. I'm from England and am 15 years old and I like some American things yet some Americans have been teasing me? I may like captain America or a nice burger every now and then but how dosent? This helped me realise that it's totally ok to like things from different countries even if some people will make fun of you for it!!!

kim on October 25, 2017:

yep i love england but i want to know why do all americans think the weather is aweful??? it's not, at least, not everyday. and anyway, if it does rain a bit in the winter, it makes you appreciate the sunny weather when it comes along. Where i live, in the south west, at the moment (although it is winter) the weather is extremely good - fairly dry, blue sky, warm, windy and generally really good for going for a brisk walk on the moors!

Love England on October 01, 2017:

Gotta update this a bit- Add Sir Gordon Ramsay onto this list, my good friend. Also, where's Mr bean and the mention of the British Empire? I really want to know more about King Arthur too though. And I don't see a reason why driving on the left should be labelled "WRONG" ,':[

Also, four more words: Harry Potter. Doctor Who.

And don't make me put a Hetalia reference in here... Iggy ♥

I love the UK since a kid :']

Mac on June 10, 2017:

I thought I would add a little known fact for my American friends. POSH is actually an acronym. It stands for Port Out Starboard Home. The reason for this was when rich people travelled on boats the best places were always being Port side on the boat when leaving home and being on the Starboard side when returning. Also whilst British literature is amazing, 1st and second generation romantic poets etc American literature is also very good. Some of my favourite books have been Of Mice and Men and The catcher in the Rye. My British novel recommend to you which is somthing I don't expect you Americans to have heard of is Evelyn Waugh's book Vile Bodies. It is comedic in nature, very satirical and reflects an interesting part of British history.

Lady GGSmith on May 29, 2017:

i love British people and the culture since i was small ,.. i study it on my own i always love England so much ,..:)

Danielle on April 08, 2017:

You post did make me laugh.

Just to clear up a couple of things.

History - King Arthur and Robin Hood are legends, not people, there is no evidence they ever existed.

The way of life - Like you guys over the pond, we do live very busy lives. Check out the tube in rush hour and see for yourself.

Food - We don't have afternoon tea everyday. As you pointed out we would be very fat if we did. It's an occasional treat, I would be surprised if most Brits have one a yr.

Thatched roofs - They are not that common, mainly found in villages. They have to be replaced every 20-30yrs, this cost a lot of money and we generally don't want the hassle

Telephones - The red phone box is a throw back to the days before mobiles. They are pretty rare these days. The ones in London are mainly there for tourists, if you find one else where it wouldn't work and will smell of piss.

James Bond - he isn't real. A character from a series of books written in the 1950's when MI6 was staffed by public school, Oxbridge education gentlemen.

Piers Morgan - Most of us Brits think he is a obnoxious, self inflated twat. You can keep him, we don't want him back.

C.Gilbert on March 30, 2017:

of course the literature is first. of course England's known for the words. just listen to Gavin Free

Marie Griffiths on March 11, 2017:

Snowpatrol are also Scottish

Jet Cruz on October 27, 2016:

I find it funny how the British have been called English. When Britain was made up with Scotland being asked to join England & move the Scottish government down to London to run both Scotland & England from there. And as for what Americans like about England & Scotland, let's not forget they also love Scotland & so many Americans claim to have Scottish blood & they do. Cause Scotland also helped build America. Which is why so many places in America aren't just named after places in England, but many are named after place & folk from Scotland. Folk should always watch not to be bias when writing an article, it can come across as being immature. :)

ZG Milovanovic on July 20, 2016:

Hi Rose

It has been a long time and I had to sign in with another email address.

No doubt you will know we are out of the EU - hurrah!

Anyway a new venture for us.

the last time we chatted we spoke about the weather. It was very hot yesterday and in the evening at 10 pm the temperature was at 28 degrees c.

This is why we go on about the weather as we cannot guarantee what we will get.

Last year I went to the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in Runnymede. I was a bit disappointed with the snobbery especially the mayor who liked to let everybody know that he was the mayor, but I just had to go. That too was a warm day.

Anyway, is this site still up as I may be writing for no reason?

I have to sign off as Z G Milovanovic as well I had some problems on my old account. You may remember me as Zoran.

Take care


bizcompare01 from London on May 27, 2016:

Cool :)

Cherry on October 03, 2015:

England has too much immigration, too many no go areas because West indies populate one area , Somalis live in one part and the Pakistanis live in another, ect ect. They have watched too many american films and think they are all east side west side gangs "pathetic". If people could stop hating each other because of colour and creed then this country would be a lot nicer. By the way Punch and Judy is an entertainment for children only. And England paid a heavy price for your help in WW2 loans from its transatlantic ally was $83m (£45.5m) and £40bn for WW1, you are mercenaries not allies.

Mara Alexander from Los Angeles, California on March 04, 2015:

I didn't know we loved England. My dad took us there for about 2 weeks, when he was in the military, and to be honest I couldn't wait till we left (sorry England)

Angry Salmond on January 28, 2015:

this sort of ignorance that I see constantly about Great Britain from our so-called American friends are some of the reasons why I voted Yes for Scottish Independence.

Hezekiah from Japan on November 26, 2014:

Excellent Hub. Well most of the Americans here in Japan are not impressed with the UK (My country too) at all. I guess because most of them around here are US Military.

jonny on November 12, 2014:

As a Brit I find your naivete quite funny.

Especially in the accents and the history - we have hundreds of accents (Geordie, scouse, cockney, brummy, yorkshire, cornwall etc) but I always thought the Americans didn't have different accents.

In the history, you said some buildings are even older that the American constitution. the American constitution isn't very old - my old school, house and church are a lot older (my church dates from around the 11th century).

Mia on November 05, 2014:

I really like this page! Im british, however i dont like tea and neither does most of my friends! Lol. Xx

guy from britain on November 02, 2014:

what I don't get is why in american t.v. shows, when a person from Britain comes they always have that really stereotypical, annoying accent and never any over accent like mine (Yorkshire accent).

Matthew on October 30, 2014:

This isn't as outdated as you might think for some areas. The cities are very different but specific areas, villages, and places like West Sussex, where I live, still hold such traditional values. And yes, we love American culture too!

Harry on October 12, 2014:

Please stop getting mixed up with what Britain, the UK and England is!

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the official term! Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales. Although England is the biggest and superior country/region, obviously.

Nancy on August 28, 2014:

Royal family and English literature were the things why England was love.

Sean362 on August 21, 2014:

And I know it's a light hearted article before anyone condemns me for my previous comment

Sean362 on August 21, 2014:

Hanged not hung in that #1 video and I pretty sure Queenie can change the government system whenever she likes but there'd be a riot

Im a Welsh Guy! on August 13, 2014:

Have you noticed that the flag you put up is British? England doesn't consist of the whole isle. there is Welsh, English, Irish (kinda) and Scottish! British is the collaboration of these countries...

Iona on August 12, 2014:

We don't drive on the wrong side of the road, we just drive on a different side...

just a british girl on July 15, 2014:

I would've found this extremely complimentary and lovely if it weren't for the chopping and changing between using England and Britain. Despite popular opinion there are other countries in Britain.

I'm sorry if this sounds rude - this was really lovely and I actually enjoyed reading it quite a bit! I had no idea that Americans liked us over here... Like at all.

Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on July 12, 2014:

This is very true. I'd love to see an article written by a Brit about how they perceive the U.S., but I don't think they could come up with 15 things. ha ha

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

Totally tongue-in-cheek :) This was not meant to be a serious portrayal of English life, just a picture of our stereotypes :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

I am confused by your first statement - America did fight in WWI...

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

I start my day with a cup of tea as well (should be in England!)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

Positive thoughts :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

Yes, New Hampshire is gorgeous in the autumn! (I wonder what Old Hampshire is like :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

Hi nj, yes, these are meant to be stereotypes, for comedic effect. I think it is interesting how we all view foreign places, forgetting the real-life ups and downs that life has anywhere you go.

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

So glad you liked it, Emily :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on July 12, 2014:

Hi Blond Logic, I love hearing from people who have lived in both places! I've heard about the Texan accent a lot - funny how that is the most stereotyped American accent.

Joseph Cardoza on July 11, 2014:

Is this actually supposed to be serious because I can't tell... I personally found " the way of life" section to be quite funny. Do people actually believe english people live like that? I'm english and have never drank tea from a china cup, nor do I know anyone who has. And the whole living countrified lives is ridiculous. To be honest, you're lucky to find much country side atall here.

Union Jack on June 30, 2014:

1. America didn't fight in world war 1

2. The queen is the head of state- she can intervene in a court of law, dissolve a government and has to consult the prime minister every week to discuss the running of the country: she has power

Tina Lim on June 05, 2014:

I think most people are disillusioned with the perception of England. Only but a few elite people speak the Queens English. In most places, with the amount of immigration, the salutation is Salaam. There are now increasingly more Mosques, than the great British pubs, and Mohammed is the most popular name. With "innit" and Allah oh Akbhar" more common place than Tally oh or even the word " hello" replaced by "Salaam" and Dobre Den England has lost all its appeal. In a lot of places, there is 55% immigration which has meant that the great English accent is all but lost. In certain areas, Pork and pubs have closed down due to the immigrant populous, or them being threatened and Sharia Law implemented. London the only person with any ensemble of a British accent is the Big Issue Seller, how sad.

jHQJH on May 27, 2014:

I find this amusing, im british and not everyone lives in a village. I live in a chavy shopping district in the center (aka birmingham) and i have no idea what a hot toodie (?) is... ahaha. I doubt you have ever been to the uk, or atleast visited various places.

kelly on May 03, 2014:

Strange how alot of our lot saying most of us dont drink tea "/ I can definetley say that most people I know or have known drink tea. At work we have "tea breaks" usually one mid morning and one mid afternoon. And its customary in most homes to offer tea or coffee to your visitors! We all like to go to visit our friends to have a chinwag (gossip) over a cuppa and biscuits :) . I do wake up every morning and put the kettle on first thing. Breakfast without tea would never happen in my home! Lol And a cup of tea is also the first thing we reach for after a long day when we arrive home. Its comforting. :) .. Even our bed and breakfasts and hotels have kettles and teabags and sugar! So yes we really would fall apart as a country without tea! Ha . We are not very traditional with the scones and teapot now though. Tea is made so much its instant with aa teabag and hot water out the kettle. But I can guarantee that if you visited someones home over here you would be offered a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit.

paulKenya on May 02, 2014:

I would consider marrying a Brit and a Yankee just so i can have both accents around ...they are truly really beautiful.Americans tend to speak too fast and pronounce words as though they were choking on hot potato .And the Brits ....the Queen's English ...everyone's dream

Colin Neville on April 14, 2014:

Marie. These morons don't represent the English.

In any country of 56 million people, we have our share of half-wits, unfortunately, and "empty vessels make the most noise" - particularly with the anonymity of the Internet giving them a platform for their brainless xenophobia. The fact that the British live in peace today owes a considerable debt to the USA for their support in both World Wars. Yes, God bless both our nations.

Marie on April 12, 2014:

I'm so glad to see this post. A lot of what I see on the internet is anti-American. I don't know if those people represent all of England, but things like fat, ugly, ignorant and stupid were used to identify us as Americans came up often. Good to see that there are real people who actually still see each other the way we always have friends/family nations. God bless both our nations, and pray we will always live in peace and prosperity.

Colin Neville on April 06, 2014:

I'm glad someone loves Simon Cowell. Most Brits think he is a smug ****. Kate Winslet, though, that's another matter. She's a credit to us; so is Kate Rusby (who gets a bonus point 'cos she's from Yorkshire). I'd like to visit the US to see New Hampshire in the autumn. I've heard it's beautiful.

Ashutosh Tiwari from Lucknow, India on April 02, 2014:

Perhaps the strength in character that British as well Americans have.

This common trait may be the reason for amity.

superdave on February 18, 2014:

Audrey Hepburn was dutch (before she moved to America). Otherwise an accurate list of why we Americans feel second class to the Brits.

Tony on February 08, 2014:

Another glass half-empty type just above I see.

nj on February 03, 2014:

as a british woman i laughed at this obviously the person who made this either doesn't have a clue about the uk or is living in the past most of the things that were posted are not true etc our houses are very modern, we don't all sit down and drink tea and eat crumpets, the only accent in england is not just a london accent there are other cities in the uk that have many different accents etc manchester, birmingham, liverpool, newcaslte, just to name a few..most people in the uk don't really care about the royals because and most of us in whichever city are normal working class people england is not as posh as it seems most people in whichever city has poverty, crime, murders, no jobs etc just like anywhere else in the world there are rough places and people struggling

Emily from Florida on January 31, 2014:

This cracked me up. Well done Rose! You hit the nail on the head, especially with the literature.

Mary Wickison from USA on January 27, 2014:

Hi Rose,

I am a Californian but lived in England for 20 years. When I first arrived I lived in a working class mining village. I tell you what, I couldn't understand a word they said! Such things as, "ya alright me duck?"

When I asked for a BLT they used cooked canned tomatoes. Times have changed, I am glad to say.

When everyone I knew tried to do an American accent it was always with a Texan drawl. LOL

Some of the food in the UK is unusual. Pork pies I like but they took some getting use to at first. Also Marmite is great, and chocolate Hobnobs, and digestive biscuits.

When I visited the US after living so many years in the UK, the food in America seemed over-processed and too salty. Instead of real whipped cream I was offered Cool Whip and an artificial flavored Coffee Mate. I wanted real cream.

Oh don't get me started.

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 27, 2014:

Me too :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 27, 2014:

thanks for the encouragement :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 27, 2014:

Hi Tony, thank you so much for your comments! I really enjoyed reading about the origin of "posh" and driving on the left side of the road - never heard that before! Lincolnshire sounds lovely - must be a great place to live. I've been to Breckenridge plenty of times - it's such a great town! Thank you again!

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 27, 2014:

Hi Alistair, thanks for the info! I've been studying government lately, and it's interesting learning about our different governments.

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 27, 2014:

Hi Colleen, thanks for reading! It's good to get a perspective from an American actually living in England.

Prince Edike from Philippines on January 27, 2014:

I love England!

Tony on January 25, 2014:

You will need to copy to browser on my last few links due omission of http://

Tony on January 25, 2014:

Another illustration of accent (??) - you'll get it when you listen to (Sir) Patrick Stewart (Cpt Picard of Star Trek) below.

Now being a Yorkshireman myself, I'm afraid I detect a certain "piss-take" here...

click on the "Listen here, and listen immediately. " link at the bottom.

Tony on January 25, 2014:


Just looked at a few of the later comments and I have to apologise (sorry- apologize) for the comment made by a certain "John Smith" - take no notice. I'm afraid the Scottish nationalist debate has rankled some here, maybe that's some thing to do with his uncalled for nastiness. It's true that amongst the older English population we can tend to look upon the Union flag as the "English" one and this can "rub-up" some of our neighbours (sorry, neighbors).

Oh, an aside on the spelling/pronunciation thing ( and a humourous link to follow )......... oh, sorry again - humorous.

My old grandfather - a Yorkshireman, always pronounced "route", as in the way to somewhere as in "out". Now I have never heard it said that way here before or since (we say it as in "root"). I have heard it said that way many time however in US TV/films. SO you see, we carried things over there that are still in usage yet are now lost here.

If you want a really good laugh at the differences between us, then look at this link - a sketch from one of Eddie Izzard's shows, recorded in the US...

Also as you can see from my post/links there is indeed many places here that match the "stereotype" just fine.

Thanks again Tony

Tony on January 25, 2014:


Like others have said, I don’t know how I came across your Hub – but I’m glad I did. Made me smile a lot.

I didn’t read all the way down, but a good bit of it anyway, and there are a few things I can enlighten you on ......

POSH: This came about during the British “Raj” days when we ran India. When the wealthy traveled out to India (by boat of course) they did so by reserving the best cabins on the boat. Now, think about it… Travelling there from Britain they went south to the Med and then east until turning south through the Suez canal – then it was all eastward to the West coast of India (Bombay/Mumbai?). Where is the Sun in the sky on your journey? – it is mostly on the right-hand side of the boat. SO where is the best place to be comfortable and “less hot” … on the left-hand-side of the boat…. Which is the PORT side. Now coming back you will want to be on the opposite side … the right or starboard side.

SO you want PORT out and STARBOARD home ……. ie POSH !

Now the left side of the road thing: I understand this …. apocryphal or not.

In the days when people traveled on horse-back (in lawless country) they carried swords. Most people are right handed…. So passing to the left of an oncoming horse/rider, you would have you sword-hand ready for action.

True or not I like it

I live in a small village in Lincolnshire called Tealby, a half-hours drive from the City of Lincoln itself on a small hilly bit called the Lincolnshire Wolds. Now, it has 2 pubs. One of which has a thatched roof and dates from 1367. Says above the door “Oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire”. It has old red post boxes, an old red telephone box (they are preserved by order in many parts of the country), a butchers and village school and community shop run on a shoe-string by locals. The church dates from the 1100's. A famous resident who once lived here is Bernie

Taupin (of Elton John fame). Also a relative of Alfred Lord Tennyson (poet).

I have been to the US once - for a 2 week skiing trip to Colorado (Vail + Breckenridge). Now Vail is a manufactured village made in Alpine style, but Breckenridge is, I believe, an old mining town and the brightly

coloured (sorry, colored) pastel shades of the wooden building I found charming and unique. BTW: the skiing was superb, even compared to the best resorts in the Alps ( I've been to many). I also found the people lovely, with the "have a nice day" greetings that, surprisingly to me, seemed entirely genuine. We Brits can tend to look upon that as being "forced" but no, I thought it was great.

Anyway, hope I've added something to your sum of knowledge. Please come over sometime - and if you go to the right places you will not be disappointed. To say these tiny Islands are so crowded with people you will find vast swathes of quiet, undisturbed countryside and the coasts are stunning, especially the Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Welsh coasts with seals languishing on the rocks below as you walk the coastal paths. Don't expect wall to wall sunshine however, though saying that we had a lovely Summer this last one.

PS: I'm a retired "Weatherman" - so I do know about these things!

The Gem of the Isles though is, IMHO, the English Lake district - I fell in love with it when a spent a week under canvas there is the summer of '76 ( best summer of mine or anyone's living's memory here). Do Google it - the Lakes, not the summer.

Some links you might like to visit:

This includes pics of the country around the village and shows the pub (1 of) and 2 churches the second is 2 nmiles to the north at Walesby. BTW: There's a lot of "by's" in Lincolnshire dating from the time of the Vikings.

A Brief history of Tealby:

Anyway I've droned on too long here.

Thanks again

Alistair on January 20, 2014:

Just as a side note, the royal family still does have very real power. Should our queen wish it, she could abolish our entire government and close down parliament, taking on the country all on her own. However, this will of course never happen as they are very convenient for her.

leslie on January 09, 2014:

the Anglican church and Premier league too

Colleen Swan from County Durham on January 06, 2014:

As an American who moved to England to marry a Delightful Englishman I can tell you that the perception and the reality are quite different. The Brits have become every bit as modern as any American, what with mobile phones, texts, etc. Two great things about England are the NHS and the BBC. I can listen to radio drama everyday and have no health insurance worries.

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 03, 2014:

Hi Kirk, thanks for your comments! I appreciate your insight :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 03, 2014:

Thanks, Lacey, for all the info! Yes, I realize a lot of this is stereotyped, and I would love to experience English life first-hand. Thanks for the recommendations!

Rose West (author) from Michigan on January 03, 2014:

Hi Adam, Thanks for reading! That's awesome that you're from Plymouth! So glad I could give you a laugh :)

kirk on January 03, 2014:

To all the people who keep saying "England isn't like this anymore" maybe your town isn't but lots of towns are still like this. There are hundreds of picturesque villages with thatched rooves and red phone boxes in the uk. I feel that these people probably havent even left their town, they cant have. And John Smith if your going to call someone arrogant at least try and spell it right.

Lacey on December 28, 2013:

Sorry to disappoint but England is nothing how Americans see it. I suppose the media has portrayed it completely different to how it is really.

In England, we don't all drink tea, eat scones and crumpets everyday, drive a mini and live in thatched roof cottages.

I live in Cornwall (in the middle of nowhere I may add) and drive a Nissan Micra. For the last 3 days I've had pasta for lunch, which really says it all about my diet.

As for the accents, I consider myself to have a standard English accent, not specific to any area of the country. However, if an American was to meet a proper Cornish person, you wouldn't be able understand a word they say. In comparison to America, it's like trying to understand a strong Southern Texan accent. And don't get me started on Northern accents like Liverpool's or Newcastle's.

I think a lot of tourists just go to London so it shows an unrealistic view of England as a whole. People should visit standard towns in county's like Essex or Devon to give a true view to English life.

Oh and the red phone boxes don't really exist any more, they're more for show and don't actually function. Plus a lot of them are mouldy and all the paint is chipping off making them faded red and white shelters from the rain.

For a true view of a young English lifestyle, you should watch Some Girls, The Inbetweeners or Skins (the English versions, not the awful American remakes). Or even Eastenders, a never ending soap opera, I don't watch it personally as I find it incredibly boring but it could give a bit of an insight to English lifestyle.

Sorry to rant but yeah, I thought it could be educational...

John smith on December 26, 2013:

I can't believe you used the British flag when the article is about England. So rude, uneducated and arogant

reece on December 20, 2013:

the gravy looks weak so does the tea, the Cornish pasty looks like a pie it's supposed to be flaky .

Adam JK on December 10, 2013:

Hey this comment is A couple of years to late haha but i'm from south west England a city called Plymouth :) ( where the pilgrims set off from to find America ;) ) Your hub made me laugh i appreciate you making a hub like this shows that american's do show us Respect :)

Rose West (author) from Michigan on November 29, 2013:

Hi Alex, thanks for reading! This article was meant to exaggerate, so I know that everybody in England doesn't live like this. Still, I doubt I would be disappointed in a trip there :)

Alex J on November 26, 2013:

Audrey Hepburn is Belgian...

While this article is interesting, it seems strange to me that what you're talking about is a vision of England that doesn't exist in reality. I think you would be gravely disappointed if you ever visited my country. For example the red phone boxes haven't been used in almost 15 years, I have never lived anywhere with a thatched roof and those cars are only driven by the super-rich or hipsters.

Rose West (author) from Michigan on November 21, 2013:

Hi Andy, thanks for your comment! 1930s cars are so cool! I would love to see that!

Andy on November 18, 2013:

If some of your readers are into British cars, the Goodwood Revival meeting is great, all the old british racing cars from the 1930s. They are absolutely beautiful. They will also occasionally fly Spitfires there too at these meetings. A masterpiece of british engineering. This meeting is usually in September.

Rose West (author) from Michigan on October 30, 2013:

Thanks for reading, Phoebe! I