Everything you should know before
 Traveling to UNITED KINGDOM

6 April 2022
Capital: London
Currency: Pound
Official Language: English
Dial Code: +44
Emergency Number: 112, 999
GDP: 2.98 trillion USD (2020)
Population: 67.89 million (2020)
Time Zone: UTC Greenwich Mean Time
                UTC+1 British Summer Time

TheSassyBlogger Flag: The Union Flag, or Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is so called because it combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign - the kingdoms of England and Wales, of Scotland and of Ireland (although since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom).

UNITED KINGDOM is Known for:

1. Tea
Some stereotypes have a base in reality – and this is one. The British consume more than 165 million cups of tea every day – that’s 20 times the number drunk by Americans.
2. BBC
Most TV channels in the UK show adverts in between programs, but those operated by the BBC (or British Broadcasting Corporation) don’t. This is because they’re paid for by a TV licensing fee in the UK. Every household in Britain that chooses to watch TV must pay annually for the license, which costs around £145.
3. First world Stamp is originated
The United Kingdom was the first country to use postage stamps. The first stamp was known as the Penny Black and was issued in May 1840. It’s not as cheap to send a letter as it once was, however – the price of a first-class stamp is now 65p, or a second class stamp is available for 56p.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Shepherd's Pie
A wholesome and classic British meal, Shepherd’s Pie originated in Scotland and the North of England and is primarily made from minced lamb and potatoes. Many families will make this dish using beef, but then it should actually be referred to as Cottage Pie, as shepherds only herd sheep (duh).
2. Eton Mess
The perfect treat on a summer’s day, Eton Mess is a dessert made with meringue, a variety of berries, and cream. The dish was first served at Eton College in the late 19th century at school cricket matches and is now popular all over Britain.
3. Chicken Tikka Masala
Although it may have South Asian roots, there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that Chicken Tikka Masala was first created in Britain by a Bangladeshi chef in Glasgow. Nowadays, it’s considered one of the country’s most popular dishes and is served in curry houses all over Britain.

Best Places to visit:
1. London
London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Since at least the 19th century, "London" has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire, which today largely makes up Greater London.
2. Manchester
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. The city is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport connections. Manchester Liverpool Road railway station was the world's first inter-city passenger railway station.
3. Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the favorite cities of the people visiting the UK from all around the world. Known for its Art & literature, this place is filled with historical sites and monuments. Some of the popular destinations include Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, and the world famous Arthur's Seat, a place filled with breathtaking views and also known as hiker's paradise.
4. Birmingham
Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London. A medium-sized market town in the medieval period, Birmingham grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of the Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide advances in science and technology.
5. Glasgow
Glasgow is known for its rich heritage and welcoming people. The only city with its underground railway station in the country, the place is home to major business in the country making it a financial hub. Not to mention the sporty side of the city, hosted the 2014 commonwealth games which attracted sports lover from all over the world and now considered a major hub for football enthusiast.

Best Season to visit
Spring and Autumn - The best time to visit the United Kingdom is in spring (late March to early June) and autumn (September to November), when it's usually warm and dry. You'll see beautiful spring flowers or the leaves changing hue in autumn, and avoid the much busier summer period.

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