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Articles about the UK, living and working here.

Martha Ryan

St Paul's Cathedral queue times

There is a queue in operation at the entrance to St Paul's Cathedral. Since this is one of the UK's top tourist attractions, you may be expecting a long delay. In fact the line at St Paul's is normally at most 20 minutes. Since reopening…

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Martha Ryan

Hampton Court Palace reopened 20th May 2021

Hampton Court Palace, one of five historical palaces maintained by Historic Royal Palaces reopened to the public on 20th May 2021, with the exception of the maze. Tickets can be booked (in advance) at: https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/visit/tickets-and-prices/ with prices from £25.30 for an adult and child (5-15…

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Martha Ryan

English Tea Companies

England is well-known as a tea drinking nation. The UK is world's third heaviest tea drinking country at 1.94 kg per capita (behind Turkey & Ireland). This compares to just 0.23 kg per capita in the US (#35 in the world). Tea has been drunk…

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Martha Ryan

UK travel tips

When you visit the UK, a few simple tips give you comfort, convenience and save you money. Citizens of many countries, including US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, do not require a visa to visit the UK for pleasure or short business trips. The UK…

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Martha Ryan

Wine and wine-making in England

Over 3m bottles of wine are produced by over 500 wineries in England each year, with English wine growing in popularity, quality and quantity. Most vineyards are in the southern counties of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent and there are over 2,023 hectares (5,000 acres)…

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Martha Ryan

Spend a Penny - meaning and origin

The phrase "spend a penny" in British English means to urinate. For example, before leaving the house, someone might say "please wait, I need to spend a penny", or asking a child before a long journey, "do you need to spend a penny?". The origin…

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