Etiquette in The UK


In People's Homes

  • Unlike many other European cultures, the British regularly enjoy entertaining people in their homes
  • Punctuality is important, but you have a 10-15 minute grace period if you are running late as a guest to someone’s home
  • Ask if you should remove your shoes when entering a British home
  • Avoid asking personal questions such as salary, religious and political affiliations etc

Restaurants & Dining

  • Remain standing until invited to sit down
  • Keep elbows off the table
  • Lay your knife and fork together at the clock position of 6.30 to signal you’re done eating
  • Be sure to pay for a round of drinks for everyone in your group when you’re at a pub
  • Don’t wave your hand or call out to get the attention of a waiter in a restaurant
  • Tipping - 12.5%


  • Expect some small talk before discussing business
  • Always be prepared to back up your claims with facts and figures - the Brits value facts, when making decisions
  • Always maintain personal space when talking to someone and show up a bit early to a meeting or appointment
  • The meeting host is responsible for sending an email summarizing actions and next steps after a meeting
  • Avoid confrontation and hard selling tactics

Useful Phrases Translations


Pleased to meet you

Thank You

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