English people are generally said to be a combination of Britons, Angles, Saxons, Normans, and Vikings. More recent migrants to London include people from other parts of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, an Scotland, and from many other countries. Many of the more recent migrants as well as their descendants have assumed an English identity.
So what are the general observed characteristics of the people of London are said to be reserved in manners. For example, it is considered a bad manner to speak with your mouth full and to put your elbows on the table when eating out. It is also considered a bad manner to make noises when you eat. Slurping and chewing noisily are bad manners in London.
The English people are also polite. So you should always fall at the back of the line and wait for your turn when you buy tickets, wait in a post office, bank, or for a metro or bus. In London, you are labeled a ‘queue’ if you ‘jump the queue.’ Although people of London may not say anything about your action, you will hear very unhappy noises.
People of London also dress and speak conservatively and are famous for their self-discipline. They are particularly popular for their strong sense of humor. They are uniquely witty, with foreigners sometimes have difficulty understanding the humor.
Women in London England are considered equal to men, and you should treat them fairly. It is only normal for both sexes to have an equal share of childcare and the household tasks. But this is not the case in some more traditional English families.
Most English people eat thrice a day. Breakfast and lunch are usually small meals during the week but a more substantial cooked breakfast and lunch are sometimes eaten at the weekends. The evening meal – also called ‘tea,’ ‘supper’ or ‘dinner’ – is usually a large meal.
People of London also put much value on their personal space. For example, you should not stand too close to an English person when you talk to him or her. They find this very uncomfortable.
Many people do not make eye contact with strangers in public. They either look towards the ground faintly or read books or newspaper rather than looking at peoples’ faces. English people find it really uncomfortable if they feel as though someone is looking at their faces.