In America we always joke about British mannerisms and tourists always want to go to a traditional pub or have "high tea" when in London, but the whole concept always seemed a little contrived to me. After all, those stereotypes are exaggerated, right? Wrong.
While in London a few weeks ago, I met up with some guys friends of mine and we took a walk around the big sights (the Eye, the Palace, the Abbey, etc). A few hours into this activity, the following conversation occurred and both men were completely serious.
#1: You know what would be nice right now? A hot beverage.
#2: You are quite right, I could use a spot of tea right now.
#1: I know exactly where to go! There is a lovely cafe on the fifth floor of this bookstore.
Me (jokingly): Oh yes, that sounds quite civilized.
#2 (seriously): Indeed.
What did we order? Tea and biscuits with jam and clotted cream.
To top it off, after meeting up with some other friends, we eventually made it to a pub called "The Snooty Fox". I love England.