In the early 19th century, members of the Lochapoka and Creek tribes named their newfound territory Tallasi, which means “old creek.” The name later changed to Tulsa when Mayor Colonel Edward E. Calkins took over the area in 1898. Tulsa may not have British roots, but it sure has British heart, just take a look at the city’s Anglophilic enterprises:
1. The Tulsa TARDIS
Tulsa has its very own TARDIS. They bring it to college parties and use it for the fan series’ The Soldier (you can audition December 6). “Like the TARDIS, Tulsa is Bigger on the inside,” the creators say. Check out their Tumblr for pure, unadulterated Whovian fun.
2. U.K. Things Ltd
Established and run by Graham and Rosemarie Smith, Things U.K Ltd on 1619 S. Main St. stocks just about everything you’d find in “a small English corner grocery store.” Moreover, there’s an enormous range gifts on par with what you’d find in a London gift shop—condiments, chocolates and other sweets—all imported straight from England. Things U.K. Ltd is kind of under the radar—there’s no website—but they do have a Facebook page and a pretty awesome Vimeo interview.
3. White Lion Pub
Another under the radar Brit locale, Tulsa’s White Lion Pub on 71st St. and S. Yale Ave. offers some of the most popular traditional British fare in town. Their menu includes fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak and mushroom pie, cottage pie, Cornish pastie, Welsh rarebit, and more. The interior is an Anglophile’s dream, and the pub has a nearly perfect score on Yelp.
4. Baker St. Pub and Grill
Visiting Baker St. Pub and Grill, located 6620 South Memorial Dr., is a little bit like stepping into Sherlock’s London (if Apartment 221B had Happy Hour). Their menu has the specialties expected from a restaurant named for London’s greatest fictional sleuth: bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and three (that’s right, three) different fish and chips plates. Moreover, they have karaoke every Tuesday! That may be more up John Watson’s alley than Sherlock’s.
5. Tulsa Rugby Football Club
Established in 1974, the Tulsa Rugby Football Club considers the team “competitive, but social,” which can only mean they’re pretty good sports about the whole winning-losing thing. There are no tryouts for the TRFC, and they’re more than willing to invite you down to their training turf, located at 37th and Riverside Drive, to show you “what rugby is all about.” If you love it, you’re in the club! Check out their Facebook for more info on upcoming events.
6. The Greater Tulsa Cricket Club
The GTCC is actually one of two cricket teams in the Tulsa area (the second is the Green County Cricket Club). All the coaches at GTCC have “upwards of ten years of club level cricketing experience” and describe their pupils as “spirited youngsters” eager to learn the game of cricket. This club does have tryouts; so if you’re interested in joining, contact them here. Or just head to Ute Park, located at 2137 N Pittsburgh Ave, if you’d rather watch.
7. ‘Sneaking Up on Shakespeare’ Workshops
The English Speaking Union of the United States offers an extraordinary Shakespearean workshop to college students at the University of Tulsa that allows “practical, active approaches to teaching Shakespeare and helping students own the language.” The instructors, featured on their website, are “Shakespeare Master Teachers” as well as British literature specialists. Sneaking Up on Shakespeare is sponsored by the Oklahoma City based Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, so check their Facebook for next year’s registration dates.
8. Nibbles Cafe by Grandeur Affaires
Grandeur Affairs doesn’t just create incredible cakes for nearly any occasion; they also reportedly have the finest high tea experience in all of Tulsa. Nibbles Cafe, located at 8313 South Memorial Drive, serves traditional scones with clotted cream and jam, puff pastries, quiche, finger sandwiches and a variety of quality teas.
For over 30 years, the Oklahoma Scottish Festival has been rocking the city of Tulsa. Now SCOTFEST, the celebration is no joke (and neither is their incredibly detailed website). They have an array of Highland Games, nine annual musical performers, more dancers than you can count, and enough of a variety of food and alcohol to please your pickiest friend. SCOTFEST’s upcoming dates aren’t yet announced, but you can keep an eye out for exact dates on their Facebook or Twitter.
10. The Scottish Club of Tulsa
The Scottish Club of Tulsa‘s mission is to “unite Scots, the descendants of Scots, and others interested in common fraternal, cultural and social bonds.” Annual single memberships are $25 and family memberships $35, which is quite a deal if joining means attending events such as Scottish pub crawls, Christmas parties, and January’s “Burns Supper.” Check out their Facebook for more details on upcoming events!
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