Ten More Reasons Why Americans Love England

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Perhaps you are familiar with my Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England hub. It was one of my favorites to write, and it gave me the opportunity to talk to many lovely Britons across the pond. Everyone seems to have their own reasons why they love England and all things British, from Portobello Road to the Beatles to Marmite. Anglophile that I am, fifteen reasons just aren't enough anymore! So here are another ten reasons to love England.

10) The Royal Guard

The Queen's Guard outside of Buckingham Palace has to be one of the first pictures that pops into the average American's head when thinking about England. I suppose many of us think that the Guard are hardly human, dressed up in their stiff red-coat uniforms and over-zealous chin-blistering hats called bearskins. They stand so still! Note: Every time the Queen's Guard is portrayed in a Hollywood movie, there is inevitably an American trying to distract one of them from their statue duty.

changing of the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace
changing of the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace | Source

9) The Afternoon Tea

I often wonder why I'm not in England right now: the sedate and peaceful Englishness appeals to me so much. I imagine rainy afternoons with a Jane Austen book enjoyed at the cozy window seat. And, of course, the afternoon tea. I've heard that High Tea is hardly an institution in most British homes anymore, yet still I dream of cucumber sandwiches and scones and loads of country butter.

Afternoon tea at the Savoy
Afternoon tea at the Savoy | Source
a cup of tea served with scones
a cup of tea served with scones | Source

8) The Castles

With tales of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, of Robin Hood, of William the Conqueror, the American imagination is fed with pictures of cavernous castles surrounded by moats and drawbridges. Scalloped turrets scrape the sky, holding inside either captured fair maidens or evil-nosed witches or rooms of golden wealth.

Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle in East Sussex | Source
Windsor Castle in Berkshire
Windsor Castle in Berkshire | Source
Nunney Castle in Somerset
Nunney Castle in Somerset | Source
Dover Castle in Kent
Dover Castle in Kent | Source

7) The Gardens

Perhaps it's the eternity of time I've spent watching Jane Austen movies and reading her books (in which dramatic events always happen in the garden), but the English garden is definitely something we Americans love and yet know nothing of. Sure we have gardens in America, but gardens with expertly trimmed hedgerows and green-aged statues and clean gravel paths? That's something we only know through the English.

English garden
English garden | Source

6) The Double Decker Buses

Big, red, and two stories high - the Double Decker Bus is pure British. Maybe they're just there for the American tourists, but they have to be a London institution. To quote Prime Minister Gladstone: "The way to see London is from the top of a bus."

Red Double Decker Bus in London
Red Double Decker Bus in London | Source

5) The Oxford

Just the name - OXFORD - resonates with history and strength. I think of days spent reading Greek and Latin and studying the by-laws of Parliament. I'm not sure exactly why this appeals to me, but maybe it's just the essence of studying inside stone walls that students have been beating their heads against for ages. Of course, for the more physically persuaded there's always punting along the River Cherwell. (Here I go again, pretending I'm in a Dorothy Sayers novel.)

All Soul's College at Oxford University
All Soul's College at Oxford University | Source
students at Oxford University
students at Oxford University | Source

4) The Pubs

Definition of a good English pub: brick walls, a hand-painted pub sign, a spit-shined bar, plenty of pints of ale, crispy fish and chips, and pipe smoke seeping out of the corner occupied by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh, and a hearty assortment of Dickensian characters with thick accents.

The Rose and Crown Pub in Southwark
The Rose and Crown Pub in Southwark | Source
painted pub signs
painted pub signs | Source
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips | Source

3) The Royal Weddings

What?? You mean the British Royals don't have extravagant, sumptuous weddings just for the sake of English-loving Americans? Well... From the beautiful 25-foot train of Princess Diana's dress to the fairy-tale ceremony of Prince Willam and Catherine, Royal Weddings are always important events, and with the invention of television, everyone gets to watch.

the Royal Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
the Royal Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

2) The Rain and Fog

I know I'm bound to receive some funny looks when I say that rain and fog are reasons to love England, but I'm going to say it all the same. The rainy climate is partly why I feel like I could live in England. There's just something so cozy about it - plenty of atmosphere for the imagination. Or maybe I'm just rebelling against the incessant sunshine of Hawaii...

foggy day in Twickenham
foggy day in Twickenham | Source
Fog by the London Eye
Fog by the London Eye | Source

"Mrs. Preston...." - watch the beginning of "Midnight Lace" for some chilling London fog

1) The London

One of these days, when I become a world traveler and receive my passport, I will find myself stepping off an airplane (or cargo barge, if it comes to that) in my lovely London town. Sights to see: the Eye, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill, Kensington Gardens, the Tower, St. Paul's, Hampton Court, Highgate Cemetery.... ok, I'll stop now.

London skyline from the Thames River
London skyline from the Thames River | Source
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge | Source


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jimmylesaint 5 years ago from Metropolis of Life

Hmmm Americans, pfft. Really! I always thought the Americans were the roundabout route for the Irish to beat the English and it looks like it has worked, President Obama and the fact England is presumed to be controlled by the USA:) Slan!

Very good hub though and it does even give us English a reminder that we haven't even seen the historic sites in our own country yet!

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Jarn 5 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

I'd say the educational system is the biggest reason I like England. Young men and women leave with a genuine education, and as a writer, that tends to make my job a bit easier. When your audience has no knowledge of history or geography (and few traditions of its own), there's very little you can present that doesn't require a big explanation in order to bring the reader up to speed, and that tends to break narrative style. In short, a more educated, worldly audience lends itself to better stories and more avenues for entertainment.

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

You make a wonderful case for the attractions of England, and I'd love to visit again to enjoy all the things you mention. My one visit to England was for a week in the winter, so I missed the gardens and didn't have time to really see the country. Your photographs make even the fog attractive! However much I'd love to visit England and spend time there, I think I still prefer living in the U.S. England looks like a great place to visit, but... well you know...

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

jimmylesaint, thanks for reading! Oh, I wouldn't say that the US controls England; I like to think we're working together as allies :)

It seems like there are too many historical sites in England to see in a single lifetime! (I just hope I get to see a few someday)

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Jarn, I agree that education is super important and beneficial from the writer's perspective. I'm not altogether familiar with the educational system in England, but I know enough of the system in the States to realize that it would be hard to get worse.

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Stephanie, I think I prefer living in America as well. I haven't been to England yet though, so I can't say for certain. It sounds like you'll have to go back to England during the summertime - I'm sure it's beautiful yearround though :)

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Rose, you made me want to go up to London and Oxford to visit again! lol did you know the Queens guards take it in turn to guard her, but most of the time they are serving in Afghanistan etc? I love Oxford, I have only been once, but I went into an old church, and you could go up into the tower or out on the balcony bit, the bit in front of the clock? anyway, I started to climb the steps, and my, where they steep! so they had a rope attached to the walls to pull yourself up, it must have been about 300-400 steps, and then, pulling yourself out, you are on a ledge! luckily there is a wall about waist high, but there is only about 2ft to move in, but you can see for miles! I loved the way that the town was modern, then you walk into the central part, and with one foot stepping over the cobbles, you are back in time! cheers nell

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Nell, thanks for stopping by! Didn't know that about the Queen's Guards - wow, they must be very brave! Oxford sounds lovely to me :) It must have been quite a view from up in the tower! Reminds me of Gaudy Night... It's always nice to hear from you, Nell, and one day I really will get out to England!

Ella 5 years ago

As an English person, my favourite thing about England is the supermarkets. No, seriously; whenever I'm in another country for over 2 weeks, I start yearning for Sainsbury's or M&S. There's just such a wide variety of food available here. In America, Spain, China, etc. I have such a problem with food. It's very easy for me to eat here, even as a vegetarian.

Oh, and also, I like it here simply because it feels 'real'. During the times I have stayed for prolonged periods in the US, it has come to feel very fake and manufactured to me. All on a grid system with straight roads and 90 degree corners, with painted buildings that are almost all of them prefabs. England feels more organic, with a lot more brick buildings, all from different time periods, from medieval to 2011. It doesn't seem 'made up'.

And the NHS.

And the fact that the UK is a lot more open to socialism and left wing politics than the US and some other countries.

Anyway, those are just my reasons for why I would never leave the UK.

(What do I not like? The fixation with football!)

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Ella - really? The supermarkets? I'll have to keep that in mind for the next ten reasons :) although I never would have guessed. I do agree that parts of America are fake, but there are lots of historical places that are just beautiful - I think of New England and the old city of Philadelphia... of course, Old England has a much larger history than America, which is one of the reasons I love it. Americans are often obsessed with football too, but not the same sport ;) Thanks for coming by and sharing your reasons! I always love to hear from across the pond!

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Nicely summarised- I do love the sense of history everywhere in Europe and especially in the UK. The small island has such a sense of time and is seeped in stories. Well written and listed,Rose. loved it.

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Docmo, thanks for your visit! Europe has such a deep history - I would love to explore it for myself, but for right now must trust to books :)I am amazed at how much England means, for being such a small country.

Suzanne 5 years ago

Well I have just loved reading these wonderful comments. I think all countries offer something special, but it is just the familiar things of England which comfort me and I love my country and would never live anywhere else. I travel all over the world and I always have a new appeciation of it when I return. I love the cold and rainy days, which is why England is so green and lush, I love the fact that we don't have disease ridden mosquitos, I love the fact that you can drive for 10 miles and see several castles (ruins maybe),and I love our tolerance, our optimistic demeanour, the fact that we get excited about having a cup of tea and feel naughty if we have a biscuit with it. I cherish songs of praise and the antiques roadshow, BBC documentaries and Last Night Of THe Proms! - even though I am only 30! I love talking about the weather to stranges whilst in a que and going to stately houses and looking around their gorgeous gardens, is there anything truly more beautiful than an english country garden...and the smell of one after the rain..I love listening to radio 2 and the fact that I grumble about driving 2 hours - as if it were the other end of the earth, but don't mind travellng 4 days to get to outer Mongolia! I hold onto these things, and hope we don't get corrupted by greed, commercialism and the concept of instant gratification. I love the way we pull together in times of adversity. England holds a very special place in my heart, it has helped to define who I am and for that I am truly grateful. Not to mention our intellectual feats, our contribution to the world, our self depreciating humour, the way we respond to aid throughout the world...I could go on and on, but I am beginning to tear up...

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Suzanne, thank you for reading and sharing all your favorite reasons why you love England (I especially liked what you said about feeling naughty for eating a biscuit ;)! How to cool to be able to live there! You confirm all my dreams of how beautiful England must be. I just looked up Last Night of the Proms - sounds splendid! You're also one of the first people to agree with me that the rain is one of the best parts :) So thanks for coming by! Cheers!

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builtoncupsoftea 5 years ago

Great examples. English Patriotism at its finest!

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builtoncupsoftea 5 years ago

I re-read this and I have to add..

I don't know anyone thats ever had "high tea"? But I drink roughly 6 or 7 cups a day as does every other member of my family, so tea is still our crutch, it's an addiction impossible to kick.

Castles, okay I get that, I can actually see a castle from my bedroom window, complete with the turrets, but it's basically now a small erm.. I don't know what a farm that has no crops or livestock is called, it's just got horses. I actually live right in the "suburbs" of a city as well.

Double-decker buses aren't just in London, they're everywhere, they just don't look as pretty as the ones in London do (for the sake of tourists of course), and on Friday nights you're likely to see a lot more kids carrying plastic bags filled with cheap alcohol.

Pubs should have been at numero uno. Lunches at the pub with family or pints in the evening, the Pub is perfect, I've been to so many "pubs" (usually named "Irish Pub" or "English Pub" pssht, original guys...) in America, but they never have the same atmosphere and tend to feel more like a sports bar, just because you have pint glasses doesn't mean you can call it pub!

London is probably one of if not the most history-rich modern cities in the world, obviously being from England it's hard for me to marvel at it but there you go.

Great hub again, if you really love England that much you need to visit! You won't be disappointed by the sites or the history, there are plenty of gardens, castle and even opportunities for afternoon tea and scones (or crumpets).

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

builtoncupsoftea, thank you for all your comments! I always enjoy hearing from across the pond :) Seven cups of tea a day!? Wow, that is a lot! But I love tea, so that doesn't sounds too extreme to me. How many people can say that they have a castle out their window? That is so cool! I didn't know there were double deckers outside of London; good to know. True English pubs sound delightful, and one of these days I'd like to find myself in one. I agree, many of the "pubs" here are just sports bars - no character! London London London - you are calling my name. I would love to visit someday, but for now I'll just dream about it :) I'm sure it's simply lovely there.

Fran 5 years ago

Cute post, after traveling to quite a few states in America, from cities to little towns i think America is great and the people tend to be nicer. I mean ask someone in central london on a week day for directions and they will 9 times out of 10 ignore you! But what i don't like about America is how big it is and how you have to drive everywhere, i mean when i stayed their in florida i had to drive 20mins for a shop! Within England you can get from one end of the country to the next within 5ish hours (driving) and buses and trains just didn't seem to be available, i find getting around England very easy without a car. I'd also be very fat if i lived in America, the food isn't amazing but lots of it. And England food can be great - average, but prepare to pay maybe 3x the price than you would in America

I don't drink tea, i live in Manchester city centre and live next door to a super cute vintage style coffee shop, so coffee for me!

Anyway, i am rambling :) your posts have a lot of English sterotypes which the majority of England would probably not live up to, but you seem to have done your research on the areas you want to go, and those Areas are as great as they look on pictures! So i hope you get to visit soon :D

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Fran, thanks for your visit! America is great (though not everybody is as nice as the people you met). It is a very big country, and I enjoy all the variety of it. But I think I would like the accessibility of England too - 5 hours across is a pretty easy road trip. I've been on 3 day road trips here in the US, and we still didn't get across the entire country. Something I don't like about the US is the way people view quantities of food - I've heard that Europe serves smaller portions, which would explain why we have a weight issue here. Living next door to a vintage coffee shop sounds wonderful! Thanks again for reading, and I do hope I make it out there sometime soon.

Jon 5 years ago

Rose it's touching you like england so much, you should come to cambridge, parts of london aren't so lovely and are ridden with youth gangs, and we don't all love afternoon tea, a lot concidently a lot of my friends do. Cornish pasties are delicous though, if you do go to england, i'd visit wales too, landscape is breath-taking and the welsh are friendly too

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Jon, Cambridge is definitely a place I would like to see in person! I'm sure London does have its faults (as every place does), but it's still my favorite unvisited place in the world! Wales would be lovely too. Throw in some cornish pasties and a boatload of afternoon tea, and I would be one ecstatic traveller :)

Foxy Tiler 5 years ago

Hi you have just reminded me why I love my country.Someimes it is so easy to take things for granted.If you ever get to live your dream and visit England try and visit some of the provincial towns and cities like Lincoln,York,Nottingham and Leicester to name but a few. These places are steeped in history and have some great sights to visit oh and pubs lots and lots of pubs

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Foxy, I agree, it is easy to take things for granted. For instance, I would love to see England, but I happen to live in Hawaii, which most people call paradise. Everywhere is beautiful in different ways, I think. And I really want to see London, but I would love to get out of the city and see some of the places around the country, like the ones you mentioned. Pubs? Oh yes.

Victoria 5 years ago

An interesting fact: Oxford marks it's own time, kind of. At 9.05pm GMT (9.00pm Oxford Time) each night the Great Tom bell at Christ Church college rings out 101 times (once for the college's original 101 students). The bell is then silent until 8am the following day where it rings out on each hour GMT until 9.05pm.

May Day (1st May) is very important in Oxford. At 6am a choir sings Madrigals (including The Hymnus Eucharisticus and Now Is The Month Of Maying) from the top of the tower at Magdalen College. After that, many students break bones when they jump off the Magdalen Bridge into the Cherwell!

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Victoria, such great info about Oxford! Thanks! I hope I can hear the Oxford bells for myself someday.

luke gonnella 5 years ago

I live in Lancashire in England and I have to say, we don't all have crumpets every day. The thing myself I love about England is the lovely little villages with little streams or rivers going through, where you can go and get a cuppa or a nice cold drink after a long walk. If you go to a seaside that is not near a city somewhere in the country, the cliffs are just outstanding, espiacially the white cliffs of Dover. ;)

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Luke, oh dear, no crumpets? What has this world come to... The English seaside sounds lovely, and from photos I've seen, the cliffs look amazing. I'd love to see those little villages someday! Thanks for your comments!

sb 5 years ago

This sort of makes me love England (the UK in general actually!) even more, I guess I am more patriotic than I thought! I live in Oxfordshire so have the benefit of living in the beautiful countryside with the city so close, it's such a relaxed city as well, completely different from London although the capital has lots of positives as well! One of the things I like about the English is their self deprecation and the constant need to say sorry all the time, although believe me there are some less likeable public! I hope when you do get a chance to visit England that you're not too disappointed considering how much you seem to value it! Also if you do get the chance to come over here then make sure you visit as many little villages as possible, the houses are lovely...the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire are particularly popular with tourists and please take a trip to Scotland, it's absolutely beautiful, the lochs, the people...it has a romantic intensity to its landscape that I think you would love by looking at your posts, look up Loch Lomond, the highlands, Edinburgh etc it's just so pretty!

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

sb, thank you so much for your comments! Oxford seems like such an interesting, scholarly place - I'm sure I would love it too. I just looked up the Cotswolds - looks perfect! I've heard Scotland is amazing as well... *sigh* someday I will cease to be a mere armchair traveler :)

Charlotte 5 years ago

I didn't realise that Americans actually liked England this much O.o It really surprised me :) Although, I've always admired America! I went there once when I was younger, and everyone seemed so friendly and you end up talking to people who you've never met before and they're really kind and helped (especially when we got lost :$). I've always thought that people in England see less approachable though...

I personally don't like crumpets, but, I have to admit it, I'm a tea addict :)) Drinking at least 4 cups a day since I was a toddler xD :) If you do visit England, I would recommend visiting the Yorkshire Dales, its a very rural part of England, and is made of mostly small towns a little villages, with the occasional manor house lying around. There are beautiful natural features too, infact just up the lane from me there is a lovely woodland path with a stream running beside it, which goes through fields surrounded by cobbled walls- if you go far enough you even come to a little waterfall! :)

I've always wondered though, on TV I've heard Americans saying how they love English accents- Theres so many accents though! Which do you actually like? :S They're many ranging from posh 'Queen's English' to the broad, but warm, Yorkshire accent...

I hope you manage to visit sometime! I really want to visit America again too, it seems like such a diverse and lovely place!

Charlotte 5 years ago

Oh, and I forgot to mention, those double decker buses aren't exclusive to London! We have them in probably every single town, :) Basically of the local school buses are all double decker... Although I have to say, I love those typical red ones in London :)

Marcia Ours 5 years ago

Thanks for the great hub on England! My family and I

visited England about 4 1/2 years ago. We spent 3 1/2

weeks there. I want to go back. We really enjoyed the

cotswolds, double-decker buses, big ben, chocolate pud-

ding, strawberry scones, truffles, and chocolate short-

bread. Also, the fish, the castles, the small cafe's, and York.

Addii! 5 years ago

Heyyas! LOL love your hub...its great! 8) I live in England , and I LOVE IT! theres some times where im cursing it..but at the end of the day i love it as more! There are beautiful gardens in most places and i LOVE THEM! you may be a little dissapointed though , lol because well i hate crumpets...8( although my twin sis loves them! haha! what i love about our country is our humour! its ironic and sarcastic but so fun and cool! dont forget to visit the second biggest city in England! LOL

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Charlotte, so nice of you to comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed America. 4 cups of tea a day? And I thought I was an addict ;) The Yorkshire Dales sound lovely - I would love to visit the countryside! I think we pretty much love every single accent from the British Isles. I don't know why, we just do. Oh, and I didn't realize that double-deckers were so widespread! Thanks again!

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Marcia, lucky you! Your list of favorites could easily become mine too :)

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Addii! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this! It was really fun to put together. Well, I guess I'll just have to try crumpets myself. I love English humor too!

the british are coming 4 years ago

Being from England myself i was always fasinated as to why americans like us so much. i think it is the accent, sometimes you can get away with loads in america if you have an english accent. i have been given free hot chocolate twice in 5 days when i was skiing there. although it did require me repeating a variety of words in my accent for the waiting staff which was quite amusing.

having visited america quite a few times i have to say most americans are really lovely people, and make you feel so welcome when you visit. and i love how patriotic you all are with your flags and pledging alligence to the flag :)

granted some of your politics is...questionable...but i guess you would say the same about us. like the queen. the queen is head of state but she delegates her powers (she has to) to the Prime Minister so he acts like the head of state. sovereignty lies with parliament so the queen has no power. she is purely a figurehead position and is there to uphold the british aristocracy really. most of us like the royals, the rest aren't too bothered and the ones who are bothered are just bloody miserable and like to complain.

Complaining now thats another great british tradition we love it and queues and the weather cause we can complain about them and when you are stuck in a queue in the rain watch the british complain we are truly in our element.

Eleanor 4 years ago

Some of these misconceptions are adorable... Oh, how I'd love to be sitting in a cosy thatched cottage somewhere, sipping tea out of a china cup and munching on crumpets with jam! Sounds like bliss :)

I happen to live in Cambridge which is a truly beautiful place - lots of history and full of character, I'd definitely recommend a visit.

I have to disagree with you about the weather though. I absolutely DETEST the British weather and long for the heat and sunshine of America. Just imagine how lovely it would be to plan a day out in the summer, maybe a picnic or trip to the seaside, and not have to worry about it raining? As much as I love the greenness of my country, I'd give it all up for a hint of sun.

As for our royal family... I've got to admit, I love 'em. Especially dear old queenie herself and her charming grandsons, Will and Harry! I've got a lot of love for the royals :P now I'm just waiting for Princess Kate to pop one out, bless her. Hope she doesn't keep us waiting around too long...

Jamie 4 years ago

Yeah this is the (slightly annoying?!) guy from your other list.

I just thought I'd say that Notting Hill isn't a sight as such, just an expensive area in west London. All public buses in London are red (mainly double decker) but there are only two routes which use the old fashioned kind (called the routemaster, and yes those are mainly for the tourists! There is going to be a new routemaster on the streets soon, very iconic and modern looking in my opinion!)

Greetings from a freezing cold (but not foggy!) southern England.

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

The british are coming – haha, free hot chocolate? That’s awesome. I’m so glad you love America too. Oh yes, very patriotic, for the most part.

I’m not really happy with the politics in the US either. I can’t really understand why the UK has a queen though. I mean it’s nice and rather romantic to have royalty, but from an American perspective, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Complaining – that’s really funny, because I have heard British people complaining about “queues” and rain. Tradition, I guess?

Thanks so much for your visit!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Eleanor, so maybe the British dream about ideal England too? :) Cambridge sounds great - I'd love to see it! It's not all warmth and sunshine in America. There are so many different climates here: tropical Hawaii, arctic Alaska, and everything in between. I happen to live in Hawaii, so I get a little bored with sunshine sometimes. Thanks for commenting!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi again, Jamie, okay, so my impression of Notting Hill is almost completely derived from the movie "Notting Hill". So, I'm not the best at living in reality.

I'm determined to not be a "tourist" when I get to England, so maybe I'll have to pass on riding the bus...

Feel free to send me some of that cold weather! It's unbearably sunny and summery here, not that you wanted to know.

Jamie 4 years ago

The bus is actually in my opinion the best way to see London (as a tourist!). It's slow and relaxing. If you want to be un-touristy, though, you can use the Tube. That's the quickest way to get around and it's quite cheap.

-8c this morning and heavy snow on the way...

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jamie, the Tube it is. Rather like the subway, isn't it? Heavy snow sounds kind of nice right now. I haven't seen that in years!

Jamie 4 years ago

Yeah Rose it is basically a subway, but much older. The first line was built in the 1860s. Many of the stations were used as air raid shelters during the second world war.

You'd probably like it; some stations have got so much history to them, many are haunted and a lot of the lines have quite quaint names like the Bakerloo line, the District line, the Piccadilly line etc... Sometimes if you're lucky the train slows right down when passing through an abandoned station in the tunnel- a great time to look out for ghosts!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jamie, I had no idea the Tube was that historic! Extremely cool, and I rather think it deserves a spot on my next list (if I ever write that). I rather doubt the haunted part though... but still, the abandoned stations must be rather creepy.

Jamie 4 years ago

Yeah the Underground was the very first subway built in the world. They only invented it because London's railway station's were at that time a very long walk or coach ride from the City. The streets were as you can imagine very crowded and very filthy.

Regarding the Royal Guard, my dad was one many years ago (he was a sergeant in the Welsh Guards regiment). He's told me lots of stories of bus loads of tourists (mainly Americans and Japanese) arriving at Buckingham Palace in the middle of the night, then going off to see the other main sights for a couple of hours before flying to Paris to continue their 'grand tour of Europe'! He also spent time guarding the Tower of London (lots of scary stories!) and Windsor Castle, where more tourists would ask such enlightened questions as "Why did the Queen build her (1000 year old) castle so close to the airport?!"

Some people... :D

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jamie, I bet your dad has lots of funny stories :) Here in Hawaii, we get lots of tourists too. It can be pretty hilarious the ideas they have about "paradise" and "the natives." So I'd rather not be a tourist myself - I prefer "traveler" :)

Jamie 4 years ago

The best way to seem more like a 'traveller' than a 'tourist' would probably to learn about the culture that you're visiting before you arrive so you prevent all the potentially awkward moments when you realise you've just said something stupid! obviously, that'll be no problem for you being an Anglophile, especially if you watch those comedies I suggested.

Another way of seeming less touristy is if you explore away from the beaten track. If you look beyond the clichéd attractions (Big Ben, Stonehenge, Windsor etc), you'll then meet the real England and proper English people. If you have any particular preferences on the sort of places you'd like to visit (history, countryside, coast, galleries, towns etc...) in London and around the UK in general, I'd be more than happy to suggest actual locations and tell you a bit about them, give you an "insider's view". For example, I've just got back from a short break in Dorset, a seaside county in the south west. You probably haven't heard of it, but it's very rural and pretty, is the home of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site (Dinosaur fossils on the beaches!), has quaint thatched villages aplenty and is also known for being 'Thomas Hardy country'. It's probably not a place that is on many foreign visitors' radar, but I would highly recommend it.

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jamie, going off the beaten track is definitely my kind of travel. I think living in Hawaii has made me realize how much of the "life" of a place you can miss by just playing the predictable tourist. Of course, I'm interested in the sights and all, but I'm also interested in the people, the culture, the soul of the country. Dorset sounds lovely. Anything seaside sounds lovely, actually.

Jamie 4 years ago

It's just as well you like seaside, because we've got a lot of it! According to various mathematicians, Great Britain's coastline is infinitely long (I don't know how that works but it's something to do with fractals and weird decimal places) so there's no shortage of things to do!

The most popular coast is England's south coast (on the English Channel), not surprisingly the warmest part of the country. Starting from the famous White Cliffs of Dover* in the east, soon you arrive in marshland. Dungeness is reputedly the only 'desert' in the UK; it's very flat, very dry and there are apparently loads of interesting metal sculptures, washed up boats and huts. The Kent and Sussex coast is chalk cliff-dominated and forms part of the South Downs National Park. The original seaside resort, Brighton, is on this part of the coast and is now a very trendy and quite wealthy city which has a large student population. In my home county of Hampshire, there are lots of bays and inlets. The maritime city of Portsmouth* is both smaller and much more interesting than its neighbour Southampton*. It is a working naval base but has a Historic Dockyard* where there are several very old ships including HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar and still in service to this day with its own crew, and Henry VIII's 'Mary Rose' which was recovered from the bottom of the sea and is now on display. You can also catch a boat tour around the harbour and go up the Spinnaker Tower, a new skyscraper from which you can see the whole of the city. Across the Solent from Portsmouth, is the Isle of Wight which has loads of things to do for such a small place. Further west, Hampshire's New Forest* (planted by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and now famous for its wild ponies) meets the sea in a really lovely way. The retirement resorts (more elderly folk than any other place, apparently!) of Bournemouth and Poole have a long sandy beach and a very interesting harbour respectively. At this point, I'd like to mention Mudeford*, a suburb of Bournemouth, which although not a well-known area is very close to my heart. We have made annual summer daytrips to there for as long as I can remember. We spend the morning on the beach, then catch a little harbour ferry to Mudeford Spit, a sort of peninsular of sand on which you'll find the most expensive beach huts in the world (some are 'worth' $1 million dollars!). From here, we walk onto the heathland called Hengistbury head which is always blustery and a great place to spot wildlife; rare birds, lizards and snakes (I once saw an adder on the path) are all seen here. Having realised that I forgot to bring my kite yet again, we then take a land train back to the ferry and head off for Berties restaurant in Highcliffe, which I promise does the very best Fish and Chips outside the North West (which is 'chippie heaven'!) Anyway, I digress, west of here you'll find Dorset and Devon: the 'English Riviera'. I don't know much about this area but needless to say it's very popular and comparatively hot and sunny (for at least 2 days in midsummer!). The river Tamar marks the border btwn Devon and Cornwall. Cornwall* is a very touristy Duchy (meaning it has a Duke- currently prince Charles) but maintains a strong local identity with its own Celtic language (Cornish/Kernowek) and culture. I'd expect you'd love it; it has so many quaint harbours, bays, fishing villages and lots of green countryside. Its many gardens are particularly celebrated (look up: the Eden Project*; the 'Lost Gardens of Helligan' and Tresco Abbey in particular) and its northern coast is surfers' paradise (not so very different from Hawaii, eh?). Don't expect to see any pixies, though! At the extreme west of the Duchy, is Lands End, what used to be the very end of the earth before America was discovered.

The West Coast is very different in Character to the South, it covers many different seas and is both cooler, wetter and more rugged than what we've so far seen. Cornwall and Devon's Atlantic coast is quieter than it's southern counterpart and the wilds of Exmoor and Bodmin Moor (beware of the 'Beast'!) come right down to the shoreline. Somerset is quieter still and is known for it's farms and orchards (apples for making 'zider') much more than its coast but Weston-super-Mare is one notable resort. Once more heading west, we cross the (£5.80 toll) Severn Bridge into Wales, the Land of My Fathers. It is a principality, Celtic nation and the "most beautiful country in the world" according to Lonely Planet. Having said that, the initial coast is a bit dull until you reach Cardiff Bay* in Wales' capital city. I could say so much about this wonderful city (my Dad's birthplace) but I'm aware of how much I've already written.

Having said that, I do think it's time to stop for now. I hope you have found this interesting and and that it has fleshed out your picture of some of our coastline. If you wish, I am more than happy to carry on going around the UK's coast at a later date to cover the rest of Wales and such places as Liverpool, Morecambe Bay, Scotland's islands and lochs and the long and chilly East Coast, a favourite of Viking raiders, Danish kings and Saxon settlers.

If you don't want me to do this please do say, I don't want you to feel like I'm bothering you.

Any of the places I've mentioned so far are suitable keywords for Google. The * are places that I've been to.

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Wow, Jamie, you know your stuff! I very much enjoyed learning more about the English coast :) So thank you! I read every bit, and quite enjoyed imagining myself actually taking the trip around the seashore. All the little harbors and character corners sound like heaven. I'm starting to think you should become a HubPages writer - it seems like you have a lot of interesting things to say!

Jamie 4 years ago

Thank you so much Rose, you're very kind!

I actually enjoyed writing it so I'll do part 2 in the next couple of days when / if I get a few minutes

Kerry 4 years ago

Wow...I didn't actually think there were that many reasons to love England! It makes feel a bit prouder to be English than I was.

I must agree with the tea though - we do love tea here. I can't think of one household which doesn't have tea or biscuits. (If it's not tea, most of us still have biscuits and coffee!) Though one thing we'll always boast about is our ridiculous soap operas!

I hope to come to America one day, we have a very mixed view on the people but I think it would be a great place to visit!

Katherine 4 years ago

It's interesting to note that High Tea and Afternoon Tea are different things entirely. Afternoon Tea usually consists of finger sandwiches, scones, fancy cakes and tea, whereas English High Tea is a hearty rural working class supper consisting of hot meat, cheese, and egg dishes that are served around 6 pm. Scottish High Tea, however is started with tea and toast, then a hot meal is served, then scones, crumpets and fancy cakes, though it is unusual to find English High Tea being served in modern England.

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Matthew Kirk 4 years ago from Liverpool

You should really visit the lake district rose, full of everything that you seem to like! Its in the North of England near Hadrians Wall. Tea rooms and scones, pubs and history a plenty!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Kerry, I have a feeling there could be hundreds more reasons to love England :) Tea is so lovely... we Americans don't know what we're missing.

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Katherine, I really appreciate your differentiating between the different teas. I didn't realize that, and you quite cleared it up for me. So thanks!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Matthew, I think I would love the Lake District. I hope to go someday!

olly 4 years ago

also visit York in northen england it still has its castle walls around the main city centre :-)

Michael 4 years ago

Great list! I live in the north east of England, about 5 minutes from the open countrysides and farms, and it is idyllic. Come and visit Ponteland (pronounced pont-eland not pont-e-land) I think you would love it! Close to the countryside, great schools, not far from a city, not far from alnwick castle and Alnwick gardens, and a lot of bad weather (its raining right now!) and I'm sure that you would enjoy some afternoon tea (not many people have it anymore, me included). To be honest I would rather be in America, but some day.... Some day....

Lubey 4 years ago

You should definitely check out Scotland, of course England is lovely but Scotland is just as nice and us Scots are very welcoming. Come to Bonnie Dundee. :)

Anon 4 years ago

You've focased too much on London, the UK has loads of other different places to visit, York is a must - full of history, old sweet shops, etc. (If you visit - go have afternoon tea in Bettys - lovely place!) Yorkshire dales and lake district are both lovely to go for walks. Scotland and Wales also have some amazing places to go to. The accent is something I've never understood, you yanks seem to only have a strong southern accent and another less strong accent. But in Britain we really do have completely different accents, Liverpool is an hour drive away from where I live and our accents completely different. That said there is many places I would like to visit in the states, New York, the grand canyon just to name a few.

Edd 4 years ago

I have to agree. I was born in the royal tunbridge wells about 30miles south of London and have lived in Kent since then. I'm well travelled as a Royal Navy veteran, and yet the most beautiful country with the nicest people and the worst weather is Scotland, I could quite happily up sticks now from my house in Rochester with nothing more than a tent and head straight for loch lomond or campbeltown or avimore or rothymurcus, and as for Glasgow? I could live on sauchiehall street. In my opinion the best country in the world, it would be sad to lose such a country as I'm proud to say we are as one with Scotland as we are both british, but it should be down to the Scotts so I wish all you jocks the best of luck

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi olly, I just googled images of York - looks very cool!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Michael, I could go for some afternoon tea indoors from the dreary rain right now! Ponteland sounds a great location; I don't recall hearing of it before, but it sounds like the quiet countryside with a castle to boot!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Lubey, I'm sure Scotland is incredible and I would love to get there as well. So many places to see....

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Anon, I get overwhelmed thinking about all the places in England I'd like to see. They all sound great! Thanks for the suggestions! We have a lot more accents in America than you might realize - sometimes they're subtle, but still.

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Edd, England and Scotland have quite the history together, don't they? It sounds like you would love living in Scotland - I've heard it's gorgeous there.

Mary Hughes 4 years ago

I love England a lot ... one of the things I love about it is the trains because you can go from one location to another out there....

another thing I love about England are the hamlets/villages & the many countryside towns etc. out there .. they are what I have envisioned since I was a young girl... it is everything I dream of and love ..

I would LOVE to live in England....

Terry, Proud UK Expat, Washington State 4 years ago

The best thing about England is I was born and raised there and I love to go home... in so much as when I'm there, I call the USA home. I find it a blessing to have two places in the world that sadly over the years differ much less all the time aside architecture and accent. Yet, it will always have relentless charm as modern and Americanized as it has become in my many years living stateside. I have to agree, seeing all the things you point out in your great pictures are things you tend to take for granted there and although I've seen many of the places.. and not unlike Americans we see very little of the place we call home as in the wonderful sights, historical & natural. We see them on television, but to be honest.. get out, see the world, it's so much better in person. I find it sad that Britons have a passport percentage of ~70% and Americans only have ~30%. Many whom I've met that have never left their state borders. See the world!! It's magnificent.

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Mary, travelling by train across the English countryside... now that's something worth loving :) thanks for your comments!

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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Terry, thank you for reading and commenting! What a great place to call home!

Aaron 4 years ago

I live in england, a small town called Whitehaven in west cumbria and it has a lot of history concerning America well you tried to invade us but failed still it was a long time ago and Britain was still a heavyweight in the world. I want to visit america one day and see what Americans are like for myself and your cities look amazing and much cleaner.

Brandon Johns 4 years ago

The beautiful countryside!! It is a dream of mine to one day own a cozy cottage in the beautiful English countryside, or in one of their idyllic looking villages.

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Lin02 4 years ago from India

Okay if you say so. But Americans only love themselves. They are too obsessed with themselves to love others.

Jake 4 years ago

Hey, i loved both your posts...it's funny how many dialects there actually are over here it's incredible. As I write this i'm not in a thatched cottage but i am in a victorian brick house, so i guess that's cool for someone who doesn't live in it haha!! i have to agree with one of the earlier comments having a free healthcare system is incredible and i wish America would adopt that to be honest it helps a lot!

Whilst i don't have afternoon tea i do drink tea all the damn time haha anywhere between 2-10 cups in a day.

One thing to get off my chest though is this Rose, as advice for when you come here. DO NOT for your first fish and chips, buy it from a pub for lunch NOT EVER!!!! it needs to come from a fish chip shop (or 'chippie' as there slang name is)! that way you get all the authentic smell and taste.

Literature i was really proud of to read, i live near Leicester which seems to have the world watching it atm because they think they've found King Richard III's remains. So this city that's not huge has resting in it the inspiration behind what's considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

You should come down to the East Midlands, visit Melton Mowbray for a Pork Pie (where it was invented no less), Loughborough famous for its bell foundry (Big Ben, St Pauls etc) and as mentioned Leicester.

Few other quick things. just tower bridge not THE tower bridge. and also the Tower is called the Tower of London ;)

it's great you show such a keen love, i hope you find your way to this rich in lore and history island!

much love


Dave 4 years ago

I'm British but absolutely love the US , the people and their culture. Must say though some of the above reminds me how great the UK is, I'm feeling quite patriotic now!

Bonyg 4 years ago

I am English and have travelled all over the world backpacking. I didn't realise how lucky I was to have been born in this realm until I left it to explore other lands. I visited many countries, saw some beautiful sites and met many lovely people, but when I walked up the steps from the tube station and emerged onto Piccadilly, London, I burst into tears! I was shocked at this emotional reaction to being back home. It was then I realised that I had come back to the most amazing place in the world. But I had to go away from it in order to really appreciate it. Those magnificent buildings, the flashes of red of the buses and old telephone boxes, the whole beautiful fusion of the historical and the modern all melted together into one amazing vibrant atmosphere and buzz I felt that day. After that I went to Newspaper Journalism post-graduate college in stunning Cornwall. I spent a month re-exploring my beloved country, and marvelled at the emerald green of the land, the romance of the landscape, running streams, castles, ancient churches with their beautiful stained glass, thatched cottages, the quaint historical fishing harbours. I went as soon as I could to one of my favourite places - Tintagel - the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, the rugged remains of the castle fringing a raw, tempestuous ocean. What did I do? Well, of course what I had missed for two years away. I had freshly caught melt-in-your-mouth fish and chips, a walk in the fresh air along the stunning coastal path, and of course an afternoon cream tea. My God! It was good to be back. I will never take any of this for granted again I told myself. And yes, I liked the idea of sunny Australia, Florida, tropical India, Thailand and Bali. But after all that sun and warm climates with heavy tropical rain storms, I had had enough, and I craved the fresh cooler air of the British Isles. And I actually love the weather here. It is always changing and you never get bored. EAch of the four seasons bring their own joy, and I love, love, love the magic of Christmas here, especially if it snows. Having had a previous Christmas on a beach in sweltering heat just didn't feel right. I had really nostalgic memories of sitting in front of log fires in old English pubs, with copper pans hanging down from the ceiling and pictures of fox-hunting, or at home, all snug and cosy in our woolens, drinking mulled wine and eating roast chestnuts and roast turkey and cranberry sauce. I love the mist and fog we occasionally get, especially by the coast. It's mysterious and atmospheric. As a little girl I was told (true) tales of the pirates, smugglers and highwaymen who made the most of these hazy conditions in the past - and of course we have our moody moors - the landscape which gave birth to such wonderful romance novels like Wuthering Heights! It certainly ignites your imagination. Never a dull moment on these islands. I have never known such a land with so much richness and diversity of everything - landscape, arts, culture, literature, people, humour, accents, food, nature, etc. I could live here a lifetime and still not have discovered it all - which saddens me in a way! I am appreciating it all a lot more as I am getting older, wiser and more well-travelled. I also think we have the oldest and best government/democracy/way of life in the world. Our police are not armed, and yet I feel safe here. We feel secure in the knowledge that if we are ill our government cares enough to provide the foundations to all quality of life - health = the NHS. And as far as the Queen goes, I'll tell you why she is still there. She plays a very important role. The prime-ministers may come and go, swinging from one political polarity to another, but old Queenie is the stabilising influence. She represents neutrality, a place of balance, maturity, experience, wisdom. She often gives prime-ministers her advice based on her extensive knowledge and experience of the world - literally, not just politics. She is above and beyond politics. She is Head of the Commonwealth, has travelled all over the world, has lived through two world wars and her family was once responsible for the British Empire which not so long ago incorporated more than a third of the world! She was also involved in the important task of guiding these countries' into their independence, as smoothly as possible. She still keeps an eye on some of them even today via the Commonwealth - she's like a mother-figure to many. And she has been involved in and witnessed many changes within the country that no one prime-minister has had the same experience of. That's a damn lot of experience. She also very importantly takes on the duties of statesmanship, like hosting visits from other countries' leaders visiting them, so the prime-minister can concentrate on the actual politics. It really does help if these two are separate. That is one of the main problems with politics elsewhere in the world - it can become corrupt if the leaders are going into the politics to get the trappings. The Queen has the trappings of wealth which she inherited, much like Americans I'm sure will pass on their own inheritance to their kids too. Some will have more than others. That is just life. But the Queen works damn hard in return, and by her very presence she does a good job stopping the politicians from getting too powerful and corrupt. She has the power to dissolve parliament should that happen. They also bring more revenue into the country than they spend. And most of the British public love her, because she and the royal family are part of the history which makes us so proud. They led us to prosperity and a nation to be proud of. Believe me, if they didn't give anything back to us we would have beheaded them all by now like the French or the Russians did! Obviously we must be a tolerant bunch, or our royals were never as greedy, corrupt and selfish as those in other countries! Let's just say they add extra spice and magic to our united kingdom. England would not be the same without its Kings and Queens. Even gout-ridden Henry the VIII had his charms!

cBt 4 years ago

This hub is very funny- I don't like teas and I'm british. It very gratifying to know the US still believe all that rubbish about British people drinking tea or all living in London.

Well done,


Matt collingwood 3 years ago

I'm from witham Essex where Dorothy Sayers lived :P

Matt 3 years ago

What about York ? A must if your visiting England :)

Jessica 3 years ago

I am from the UK in fact I am from north Yorkshire and I have to agree with most comments I have read, this part of the country is always overlooked by americans I have never understood it, yes London is the capital of England and is also the only city that has had any real coverage in terms of film and TV this is what the americans have seen of the UK and therefore know more about which is understandable. but yes come to the north if anywhere because it is so stunning up here like many have said come to York I actually live 10 minutes from York and am there most weekends I love the city it not only have excellent shopping :P but it is such a historic place I love history and if anyone shares that love they would love York just as much from the minster to the shambles there is so much to do in York, especially betty's tea rooms if you like afternoon tea you want to visit bettys countless times have I directed americans to bettys then stumbled on them later on in the day wandering York beaming about bettys...I personally don't think its all that brilliant but people seem to like it ( I think I don't like it cause the there is always a line outside you can never get a table) so I prefer little bettys to the big one (there are two in York lol) anyway thanks for reading my 'little' comment lol

Michael 3 years ago

It's heart-warming to know that there are Americans as wistful about our country as we are about theirs. I'm British and have lived in Berkshire (near Windsor castle in fact) since I was born with brief stints in Manchester, Wales and Germany during my teenage years and though London is an incredible city I'd echo the recommendation to visit Wales if you're here for natural beauty and countryside.

Personally I'd love to visit a few places in the US, notably Hawaii, Vegas, Texas and California (and anywhere I can get laid based on my home-counties accent :D) and plan to when I get the chance. I've always viewed Americans with a sense of kinship, since we share so much in terms of culture and beliefs.

Hamelton 3 years ago

It's always nice feeling I get when the beer-bellied, arrogant, racist football worshipers (English football) who make up a significant figure in England are overlooked :) And, just to add, the queen has to give approval for many new laws (Although after a third rejection on her behalf, the government may go ahead with their plans anyway). It was really nice hearing of England from a foreign prospective, I'm not usually that patriotic, but you definitely make me feel so. Thank you, God bless.

Anon 3 years ago

I know you wrote this article ages ago but you may want to visit Cheddar if you ever visit England.

It's a lovely village and the place Cheddar cheese originated. It also has an interesting cave system you can visit and a gorge.

Zoran Milovanovic 3 years ago

Well Rose. Thanks very much for your glowing piece on England.

As a matter of fact I have just been a little patriotic watching England beat Australia in the rugby (union) at Twickenham on BBC3. England and Australia are at war in sport and the cricket between us is very ,very serious. In fact we are to play for the coveted Ashes Trophy this month (Nov) in Oz.

Anyway, I am interested in writing to this site as I like Americans. I was made very welcome in your country wherever I went to the US when a merchant seaman in my youth.

You have pointed out Python and Fry & Laurie but these are old shows. I know Johnny Depp is a fan of The Fast Show and has appeared on the show but is that aired in America?

You also have pointed out the fog in England but this mainly happens really from November to say the Spring. And believe it or not we do get good weather and the summer just gone was a nice one although we have had to wait a long time for a summer like the one we have just had.

As I have said this site interests me and as it is my first time here I will see how this brief message sits.

Still your piece was very nice and as the other messages have seemed to say it has made us realise that we have a lot going for us even though there is a lot of negative things about the old country.

Cheers mate.

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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Zoran, Thanks for your comments! Just looked up The Fast Show - so thanks for the laugh! I'm glad you had a good experience in America, and I hope our countries will always be friends :) Again, thanks for visiting! It's always good to hear from across the pond.

Joe 3 years ago

I am American and have been to the UK four times. All the good things the British say about the UK is mostly true. I cannot help but read the British responses to this blog and your responses to them. It is so nice and refreshing to really read positive internet exchanges between the US and UK. Now this is the way to communicate with the UK.

Getting back to what the British say is that you should visit the UK as a traveler and just explore. The UK is fun, exotic, and exciting for most Americans and we can never get enough of it. England, Scotland, and Wales are equally worth visiting.

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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Joe, thanks for reading! I love having friendly conversations with people from across the pond; it makes me want to visit even more, because the people are so welcoming. I hope the British can say the same about us.

Hublogger 3 years ago

Nice Blog, I hate how people, even Englishmen, go out of there way to slate England at first chance, whether it's about the weather or the size. I now live in England and I can tell I have found that it isn't TOO rainy, the odd drizzle now and then, but last summer reached 35 degrees Celsius! Oh and all those silly traditions are still practiced today, afternoon tea included.

Oh and as for the Royal family, I did some research, actually the Queen wields incredible power. She single-handedly commands the military of the entire commonwealth realm (52 countries), combined the most advanced and largest force on the planet.

She can declare war without parliaments input and as the lands are hers, she can buy up and do anything to any plot of land in the commonwealth, and that's larger than Russia by miles. It doesn't stop there, she can commit any crime and get away with it as the courts are hers, as are the prisons. I could go on.

What I'm saying is as I've come here I have discovered that all these eccentric fairy-tale like concepts are real and very much used everyday! Fantastic I know, have a great day and well done!

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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Hublogger, so glad you liked this! Interesting info on the Queen - never heard that before :)

Eloise 2 years ago


I've lived in England all my life and I absolutely love it. I love the little cottages you see everywhere and the old roads. I love the beaches and the old Victorian piers that look just as they did when they were first made. I love how everybody is so polite and won't pass any comment as to the way you dress. And it's great how we're all sarcastic to each other usually but unite as one in events such as the Olympics. I love the quaint little cafés with sandwiches and tea and scones. I love how everything seemed covered in history, you can actually picture the woman wearing long dresses and corsets, men with top hats and shirts in the architecture around us. Thank you for reminding me just how much I value and admire my country.

Evie 2 years ago

Going on from Hublogger, the when also owns all the swans in the whole of Britain!

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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Rose. What a wonderful hub, I have lived in England all my life 70 years that is. You have done such a nice hub that I want to go and visit myself! Well done indeed :-)


Jim 2 years ago

As someone who is English, I would recommend going to visit Hadrian's Wall, which is relatively far north in England. Although it is mainly ruins now, it is still fascinating. The wall marks the furthest north that the Roman empire reached in Britain. As such, there are the remains of many Roman forts in that area and many museums.

That is not to say that there aren't signs of Roman life further south in Britain. Museums -like the British Museum- are filled with Roman artefacts. In fact London (or Londinium as it was then) was a large Roman town. However, at that time, the centre of Roman Britain was Verulamium (which is now called 'St. Albans'). Although it is not a very famous town within Britain anymore, it is still a charming town. There is a museum showcasing the Roman history, including mosaics and hypocausts (underfloor heating used in Roman times). There is also the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. In addition to this, there is a cathedral, which is one of the longest in England.

Although the best place to learn about the Roman empire is naturally in Italy, Britain still has a very intersting history in terms of the Roman empire. Of course, Britain has a much larger medieval history, as portrayed by the numerous castles up and down the country.

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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Eloise, thank you for your comments! You paint a beautiful little picture for me :)

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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, Graham! So glad you enjoyed it!

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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jim, thanks for your comments! I read a book on London history once, and the Roman history was so fascinating!

Robin 2 months ago

What a wonderful read. Just one minor point to Rose West though, that I feel may be worthy of a mention. If you visit England, don't get paranoid if people give you odd looks if you tell them your name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_West

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