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"Very English :-)" London Local Custom Tip by HORSCHECK

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  English sink
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  • English sink - London
      English sink
    by HORSCHECK
  • English sink - London
      English sink
    by HORSCHECK
 

There are a few things I find quite odd in England. Firstly, most sinks are equipped with two taps; one for cold and one for hot water. You find this system not only in old buildings but also in 4 starred hotels.

Secondly, many English have carpet in their bath or toilet. This might be cosy, but from a hygenic point of view it appears to be strange.

Finally, many English walk around barefoot in both their home and a hotel room. Slippers seem to be widely unknown. ;-).

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  • Updated Nov 17, 2015
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Comments (9)

  • Nov 19, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    I think the carpet is unusual too.

  • ADAMYAMEY's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Two taps instead of a happy union of hot and cold... it is no wonder that so many British people are concerned about being part of a single united Europe!

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Walking around barefoot (inside and outside) is much more common in Australian and Asia than in UK .. to bloody cold in UK ...lol.

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    Extremely inconvinient.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    How inconvenient ...

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Never thought about this before ! Slippers unknown? I don't think so !

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Separate taps are gradually being replaced with mixer taps when bathrooms get refurbished. But, like Davidjo, I have to disagree with you about 'most' English not wearing slippers, although many people do walk around barefoot as well. Slippers are on sale everywhere, from markets stalls to high-class shops, and that wouldn't be the case if 'most' of us didn't wear them. :-)

    • Nov 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM

      So far I haven't tried it, but it is on my list. I am currently drinking Yorkshire tea. :-)

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Nov 17, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      Well, that's a start....... :-)

  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    That is odd!

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    have to disagree with you about the slippers

    • Feb 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      So you are British and wear slippers at home? *winkygrin*

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      i am amazed that you noticed this as i can't remember anyone of my friends or relative ho never wore slippers

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