Do not continually draw attention to yourself as a foreigner by stating that you do not do things like that at home. You are not at home and the fastest way to get a Londoner irritated is to complain about the differences. There will be many differences and if you keep drawing attention to the fact then you are not giving yourself the best chance to fit into your new way of life. Embrace the differences and learn as much as you can about London culture.
Remember that you will be confronted with small differences every day. There will be odd things that strike you. Differences in shops and shopping, television programming even going to the hairdresser can be an unnerving experience if you are not used to it. Try to approach your time in London with a sense of humour. Try not to do things your way, or seek out only the company of other expats. Learn to appreciate the differences and indulge in the English way of life.
Manners Maketh the Man: The English really appreciate good manners. Queue jumping is considered rude in London and will not be taken lightly. British people say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ far more than other cultures around the world and it is considered polite to apologise to someone if you do bump into them by accident.
Dress for the part: You are living in London now, you’re a part of this vibrant city and while no one is suggesting that you change your way of dressing, there is something to be said for not looking like a tourist all of the time. Londoners dress casually for the most part when they are not at work. Jeans and other casual clothes are the norm and people do not even dress up for the theatre unless it is a special gala event. The days of Londoners dressing for dinner is long gone and unless you are a part of the nobility or the top social set, it is comfort all the way.
Fitting in does not mean that you have to change who you are. It is all about finding your niche in the cosmopolitan city of London that is now your home. Get involved in your local community and your neighbourhood. Join a club or start a hobby that will get you out of the house and into the community. You will be living life as a Londoner before you know it.
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