Britain is known for being home to eloquent etiquette and customs that have been passed down for generations. Historically, these mannerisms have travelled to different parts of the world and are customised to suit various social groups. According to the Cambridge dictionary, etiquette can be defined as ‘the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group’.
With London being a diverse city, we have seen various customs from across the globe making their way to the city and being adopted as their own. Although London has taken new rules and traditions, some customs have stood the test of time and remained. An example of this is afternoon tea at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch and other luxury hotels in the city.
To learn more about British Etiquette, we have compiled an etiquette guide that is suited especially for business travellers.
As a business traveller, you are more than likely to be attending business meetings with people that play an essential role in your profession. Several table manners are standard throughout the world. However, you might find that things like burping at the table differ from country to country. In Britain, it is considered disrespectful to burp at the table.
If you feel that you need to burp, kindly excuse yourself or cover your mouth with a napkin and burp silently. For places to host the perfect business dinner meeting, check out these special offers Shoreditch hotels.
Arriving on time
Understandably, things can happen that are out of our control at times. Being late for an appointment is often looked down upon. It gives the other person the sense that you have no regard for their time, and in business, this could be committing professional suicide. If you foresee that you will be late for a meeting, make sure you notify the person you are meeting at least 15minutes in advance. The meeting rooms in Shoreditch arrange all your business needs from setting up conference facilities to arranging shuttles and meals.
While most people may argue that chivalry is dead, it is not the case in some parts of Britain, especially in areas of business and high society. It is considered good manners when a man takes it upon himself to stand up when the woman leaves the table, pull the chair out before a dinner seating, allow the lady to walk through the door first.
In some instances, you may find in an unfortunate situation that could either be a mistake or was done with intention. If it so happens that your actions offend another, then it is common courtesy to extend an apology. The Brits take apologies very seriously, so keep this in mind the next time you interact with an Englishman.
This is the general rule of thumb for human interaction. Please, an thank you can get you very far when engaging with your fellow business partners. It shows a sign of respect and gratitude and people will appreciate you for your courteous attitude.