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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 citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
The UK climate is temperate maritime. This means that temperatures do not usually fall much below 0°C in the winter or rise much above 32°C in the summer. However, it is a humid climate and subject to frequent changes.
Geography and Politics
The United Kingdom is composed of the island of Great Britain and the northeast region of the island of Ireland. In total it is 4 countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom 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.
Tips and Payment
The currency of the United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling (GBP). It is considered normal to tip 10 to 15%. Sometimes, however, a service charge is already added to the account, so check first.
Language and expressions to memorize
The official language is English, with several other regional languages. Some useful phrases in English are: “hello” = hello; "Please” = please; "Thank you very much” = Thank you very much; “Sorry” =Sorry.
What to do
Be punctual - British punctuality is essential, especially in business. The English style of communication can be slightly indirect, so pay attention to the tone of voice and facial expressions. British humor forms part of every aspect of life and culture. It is even present in a professional context, and it is sometimes used as a defense mechanism and as irony.
What not to do
Although direct eye contact is important when greeting someone, do not prolong this moment too much as it may make people uncomfortable. Do not be too intrusive and try to respect each person's personal space.
What to wear
Appearance is important, so opt for a classic and professional style. You may choose a less formal style depending on the industry, such as in creative or technological areas.
When meeting someone in a business context, greet him or her with a handshake. It is usual to address colleagues by their first name, reserving titles and surnames for much higher positions. If you are invited to someone's house, offer a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine to show your appreciation.