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Manchester is famous because of soccer and the music scene. But it’s also home to vegetarianism and Emmeline Pankhurst, the historical suffragette leader. Book a flight and...
See exquisite Manchester
The Cathedral, which goes back to the 12th century, is the city’s great monument. Just like the neo-Gothic Town Hall building and the central Library on Albert Square. Also part of the experience: visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and the Manchester Art Gallery, home to one of UK’s greatest collections outside of London.
Go with the flow
But Manchester is much more. Beyond the legendary Smiths, Oasis and James, there’s the Urbis glass building. And the giant ferris wheel with a panoramic view. And before trying the city’s nightlife, Old Trafford is a must-see — it’s impossible to leave without visiting the United's stadium.
Culture and Business
Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.
The climate in the UK is temperate maritime. This means that temperatures don’t usually fall much lower than 0°C in winter nor rise much higher than 32°C in the summer. However, it is a humid climate subject to frequent changes.
Geography & politics
The United Kingdom is made up of the island of Great Britain and the northeast of the island of Ireland. In total, there are 4 countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The UK is a constitutional monarchy, with legislative power vested in an elected government and executive power vested in a council of ministers led by the prime minister.
Tipping & paying
The currency of the United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling (GBP). It is common to leave a tip of 10 to 15%. However, sometimes there is already a service charge added to the bill, so it’s best to check first.
Languages & useful phrases
The official language in English, but there are also several other regional languages. In English: “hello” = hello, “please” = please; “thank you” = thank you; “sorry” = sorry.
What you should do
Be on time—British punctuality is essential, especially in business. The English style of communication can be somewhat indirect, so pay attention to tone of voice and facial expressions. British humor is part of every aspect of life and culture. It is present even in a professional context, and is sometimes used as a defense mechanism and irony.
What you shouldn’t do
Although direct eye contact is important when greeting someone, don’t prolong this moment too much as it may make some people uncomfortable. Don’t be intrusive and try to respect personal space.
What to wear
Looks matter, so go for a classic and professional style. Depending on the industry, you may choose a less formal appearance, such as in creative or tech industries.
When meeting someone in for business, greet them with a handshake. It is normal to address colleagues by their first name, reserving formal titles and surnames for higher ranks. If you are invited to someone's house, take a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine as a thank you gesture.