Throughout the history of the world, Great Britain has been one of the world's most powerful forces.
Today it remains famous for many things and has influenced many parts of the planet.
1. Football (Soccer)
As the birthplace of the world's most popular sport, you probably already know how seriously football is taken in Britain.
It's a sport that many British folks live and breathe for. Some clubs like Manchester United or the Rangers have massive worldwide followings.
2. British Humor and Slang
Yes, I could have mentioned the English language, but since that's quite obvious, I decided to mention the humor and slang for which Britain is so famous.
Intense irony, sarcasm, wittiness, and plain dirty are a few terms associated with British humor.
3. Royal Family
Sure, some royal families still exist in other parts of the world, but the British royal family is one of the most famous monarchies for its former power and continued respect.
Britain is known for its castles and important royal historical buildings along with the royal family.
4. Famous People (Celebrities)
For as small a place as Great Britain is, it has produced some amazingly talented and famous people.
From Shakespeare to the Beatles to David Beckham, the famed list continues.
5. Beer (Specifically in Pubs)
While some beers from Britain are world-famous, British pubs as a whole have built a name for themselves.
In Britain, going to a pub is a daily activity, a place to make yourself comfortable watching a football game or shooting pool with a pint in hand.
6. Wimbledon (Tennis)
There are only two things I know about Wimbledon: it's located in the United Kingdom, and it's the single most important and prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
I don't know if anyone would think of Wimbledon without thinking about tennis – many people visit Britain to attend the tournament!
7. Gloomy Weather
While I know Britain does not always experience cloudy, rainy weather, quite a lot of media builds upon the gloomy British weather to the point where it is one of the most famous things I remember when I think about Britain.
Anciently built a few thousand years ago, Stonehenge is one of the world's most impressive and mysterious historical sites.
Consisting of giant stone posts and lintel architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is remarkable for its fascinating history and celestial designed properties.
9. Fish and Chips
British food is not the most well-known or sought-after cuisine in the world. But there are several famous British dishes like fish and chips.
Fish and chips are served exactly as it sounds, a huge comforting plate of deep-fried fish and potatoes.
10. Afternoon Tea
Tea is not only one of the most popular beverages in Britain; it is also ingrained as part of the culture.
An afternoon tea experience is synonymous with Britain – a cup of tea accompanied by finger food treats like scones or crumpets.
This post was written by Mark and brought to you in partnership with Visit Britain.
Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the U.S. for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow-paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @migrationology.
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Sunday 8th of April 2012
Very True. Some of these (like the royal family) bring my mind into London Mode (which is not a bad thing ;-)