Tipping – While tipping is not usually expected in pubs and bars throughout England, it is common practice when eating out at a restaurant to leave a gratuity. Restaurants may include a “Service Fee” in your bill, so check this before deciding on your tip. Ask your local guide if you are unsure. Power Plugs – In England the electrical sockets are configured for three rectangular prongs, the same as in Ireland and Scotland. When travelling with Australian/New Zealand appliances, an adapter is required. Check your appliances are suitable for 230V (same standard voltage as Australia and New Zealand) before leaving on your trip. Currency – Pound Sterling is used throughout England and is shared by their Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts. Check with your bank their recommended options (and fees) before leaving on your holiday. Advise them of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions blocked overseas.
What should I bring?
Weatherproof Clothing – As with its Scottish and Irish counterparts, England is known for its rainy weather. Regardless of the season you are set to tour, it is important to take some waterproof shoes and an outer layer that will keep the wind and rain at bay. Daypack – With the unpredictable weather in England, a daypack is the way to go to carry your additional layers and to keep your gadgets dry. This means your hands are free to happy-snap and capture all the sights while all your essentials are safely zipped away. Scarf – A scarf will not only offer warmth, but can also be used as a lightweight blanket, a picnic rug for a pit stop in the English countryside, and as a pillow for a quick kip on your bus trip. A handy versatile addition to your daypack!
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Bubble and Squeak – A traditional English dish, Bubble and Squeak is cooked cabbage (or other assorted vegetables) fried with cooked potatoes. Commonly whipped up to use leftover vegetables, it has become a staple English dish and one worth a try during your tour. High Tea – A quintessentially British tradition, High Tea is an afternoon meal classically served as an assortment of finger food (sandwiches, scones, mini-deserts). It is traditionally accompanied by tea (surprise!), but also commonly served with coffee, hot chocolate, or champagne! Eton Mess – If you have a sweet tooth and didn’t fill up too much during your High Tea, then don’t go past this traditional dessert during your tour of England. An Eton Mess is traditionally a broken meringue served with cream and strawberries (or other fruit).