Iconic British Things

Why Are London’s Red Phone Boxes Turning Green?

The classic red British phone box, as designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and beloved of Anglophiles and Inspector Spacetime alike, has been in decline for over 30 years. Officially discontinued in favor of a steely glass box, not …

WATCH: Why Do the British Have Separate Hot and Cold Taps?

When you grow up expecting things to be a certain way and find out they are not a universal constant, it can be quite bewildering, and when that bewilderment is applied to plumbing, things often get unpleasant.

How The Double-Decker Bus Became Red, And Other Stories

Let’s start with a disclaimer: there are double-decker buses in action all over Britain right now that are not, and have never been, red. Most London buses may be red, but that’s not the case in other cities, where they can …

Snapshot: 17 Photos of Umbrellas at Their Best and Worst in London

Has your umbrella become your new best friend these days, always at your side? Even if it’s sunny in the morning, an April shower may catch you off guard. But, if you planned well, you have your trusty umbrella nearby.

Canada Bans Marmite, Irn Bru and Ovaltine

Before we get into this, let’s just put to one side the idea that any banning of these most British of foodstuffs is to do with how they taste, OK? That snarky behaviour will not be welcomed, partly because it is bad manners, but …

London Taxis Take the Top Spot in Hotels.com Survey

London has been voted the world’s favorite city for traveling by taxi, reports the Associated Press. This is the fifth year in a row the iconic black cab has topped the Hotels.com survey.

Iconic British Things: The Black Cab

Ah there she is! The latest incarnation of a vehicle whose roots go back (in name if not in technology) nearly 400 years.

Iconic British Things (A Footnote)

Everyone takes ownership of the things they love, to a greater or lesser extent. You listen to your favorite singer or watch your favorite TV show for long enough, and it feels like it belongs to you personally, never mind the fact that …

Iconic British Things No.15: Afternoon Tea At The Ritz


Some cultural events are so rarified and so famous, that you’d be hard pushed to find more than a handful of natives that have actually taken part, for fear of appearing to be a walking cliche. The wearing of a bowler hat, for …

Iconic British Things No.14: The Mini

It’s interesting to think that without the Suez Crisis in the late 1950s, a British design classic would never have been born. Never mind your Prius or hybrids, this is the first mass-marketed car which was designed to operate on …