What is England famous for?

For England’s episode of the famous things across the globe series, we have asked our fellow travel blogger Amy of “Temple Seeker” What is England famous for? This is her excellent answer!

I’ve lived in the UK all of my life and used it as a base to travel from. In fact, I’ve been lucky enough to live in the best cities in England including Liverpool, Manchester, London and York. If you are traveling in England, please check out my recommended England itinerary. I’m here today to introduce you to the things England is most famous for, from Stonehenge to Fish and Chips!

Things England is famous for

Pubs

The word pub comes from the name public house. There are about 60,000 pubs in the UK (53,000 in England and Wales, 1,600 in Northern Ireland and 5,200 in Scotland). Pubs play an important part in British life. People eat, drink, talk, meet their friends and chill there. Pubs often have two bars, one is normally quieter than the other, many also have a garden where the public can sit in the summer. Children may also go in pub gardens with parents. Groups of friends will normally buy ’rounds’ of drinks, where the person whose turn it is will purchase drinks for all the members of the group. 

It is difficult to get served sometimes when pubs are busy because people do not queue, but the bar staff will usually serve those who have been waiting for the longest amount of time first. 

If you spill a stranger’s drink accidentally, it is good manners to offer to buy another drink. Many pubs belong to a brewery (a company that makes beer) but sell lots of different kinds of beer, some on tap (from a large container under the bar) and some in glass bottles. The most popular kind of British beer is bitter, which is served at room temperature. British beer is also brewed from malt and hops.

Fish and Chips

If there is an iconic dish that England is known for it is fish and chips. This easy but lovely finger-licking meal is both humble and can be relished with your hands wrapped up in a newspaper from a local chippy or even in a smart restaurant. Either way, there is no denying that Brits love this dish with around 400 million portions being sold every year just from fish and chip shops alone. 

The tradition of eating fish that had been coated with flour and then fried in oil can be traced all the way back to the early 1800s and it’s thought that it was bought by Jewish immigrants to Britain from Portugal and Spain, where fish was cooked in this way. 

Then came the chips and the earliest trace of chips being sold in the UK was in the city of Oldham in 1860. A decade later the Belgian immigrants also earned a living by serving fried potatoes. There are records of an immigrant called Edward De Gernier, who sold this tasty snack to the shoppers and workers at the city’s Greenmarket. 

But the key question of when this heavenly combination of potato and fish was combined remains a mystery. What we know is that both Lancashire and London claim to be the origin where the meal was invented and true to the south and north rivalry this debate still continues on. 

I have fond memories of enjoying fish and chips on Blackpool pier with my grandparents as a child!

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Stonehenge

The Stonehenge is possibly the most famous historic destination in England. For so many centuries, historians and archaeologists have quizzed over the mysteries of Stonehenge, the primitive marker that took Neolithic builders around 1,500 years to erect. Situated in southern England, it is comprised of about 100 massive upright stones that are placed in a circular layout. 

While many modern scholars now agree that Stonehenge was a burial ground originally, they are yet to work out what other purposes it served and how a society without modern technology produced the mighty monument. Its construction is all the more mysterious because, while the sandstone slabs of its outer ring come from local quarries, scientists have traced the bluestones which make up its inner ring all the way down to the Preseli Hills in Wales, around 200 miles from where Stonehenge sits on Salisbury Plain. Today, about 1 million people visit Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, every single year.

Music

England is more well-known for pop music than it is for classical composers or jazz musicians. Names like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, George Michael, Pink Floyd, and The Spice Girls are famous worldwide, but little do people know of the other musicians that aren’t in the pop world. 

The origins of music in Britain come from the songs sung and dance music played by ordinary people. Passed from each village and handed down in the unwritten form from the generations. 

Over the last thirty years, British pop music has led the world in its quality and range, starting several new trends. Britain was the main provider in the development of rock and roll and has had some of the most famous bands, including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and many others. 

Britain was right at the forefront of punk music in the 1970s with some bands such as the The Clash and Sex Pistols, and the rebirth of heavy metal with bands such as Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Music is definitely one of the most famous things which came from England and the UK.

Cream Tea

A cream tea is a form of a light meal during an afternoon tea, consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, jam, and clotted cream. Traditionally a specialty of Cornwall and Devon, cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as a few other parts of England. There are regional variations as to how the cream tea should be eaten. 

  • The Devonian method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, then add strawberry jam on top. The Devon method is also used commonly in neighboring counties and other Commonwealth countries.
  • In the Cornish method, the scone is split in two, then spread with strawberry jam, and topped with a spoonful of clotted cream. 
Things England is famous for

Sports

Sports play a large part in life in Britain and are a very popular leisure activity. A lot of the world’s famous sports began in Britain including cricket, tennis, football, golf, and rugby. 

Football is definitely the most popular sport in England and has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. In the English Football League, there are a total of 92 professional clubs. These are semi-professional, so most players also have other full-time jobs. Hundreds of thousands of people tend to play football in parks and playgrounds just for fun. The highlight of the English football year is the FA Cup Final each May. The Premier League is the world’s richest and the most well-known league in the World.

Rugby is another popular sport that originated from Rugby school in Warwickshire. It is quite similar to football but played with an oval ball. Players can also carry the ball and tackle each other. The best rugby teams compete in the Super League final every year in September. For many years, rugby was played only by the rich upper classes, but it is now popular all over the country. There are two different types of rugby – Rugby League, played in the north of England, and Rugby Union, played in the rest of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, together with Italy and France, play in an annual tournament called the Six Nations. 

Tennis is very common in England. The world’s most well-known tennis tournament is Wimbledon. It originally started at a small club in south London in the nineteenth century. It starts in June when England has its finest weather. Millions of people tune in to watch the Championships on TV live. It is also traditional for visitors to eat strawberries and cream whilst they watch!

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