Back In Blighty - Shoes On Or Off?

Toni Hargis | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

I repatriated to the U.K. three weeks ago, after more than two decades in the United States. I'd been lucky enough to come back at least once a year for most of that time, so it's not exactly like landing on the moon, but there are a few things that are making me scratch my head. I'm not sure whether it's changed since I've been gone, or I just didn't notice it all those years ago.

This Is How Much You Should Tip Around The World (And The Countries Where Tipping Is Offensive)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Knowing how much to tip in the UK can be confusing, let alone abroad. To help holidaymakers get it right this summer, the Good Housekeeping Institute ...

Don't Expect A Thank-You Card From A New Parent

Lisa Williams | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Williams

They're tired, they're shell-shocked and they have a lot to learn and to remember. They will love that their new baby is being showered with presents, and use and treasure these lovely gifts. But do they always need to commit that praise and gratitude to paper?

An Etiquette Guide To Fun Casinos: How Not To Be A Nob At Your Christmas Party

Samantha Rea | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Rea

As December rolls round, so do work Christmas parties, and the sort of behaviour that should see you having a stern word with yourself. No, I don't ca...

Are Londoners Heartless?

Giulia Smith | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Giulia Smith

Now I don't know if it's because I am naturally very empathetic and emotional, I would help anyone in need - I just feel compelled to, but surely there must be even an ounce of that same emotion in others?

Why It Pays To Ditch Your PJs When Flying

Toni Hargis | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

There are many reasons to dress nicely on a flight, and they're not just to do with self-esteem and other touchy feely issues, although doesn't everybody feel better in fresh, clean clothes? Nor are they to do with consideration for others around you, 'cause that clearly isn't a pressing matter.

The Correct Way To Pronounce 'Scone' Has Finally Been Revealed

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For years, northerners and southerners have fought over the correct way to pronounce ‘scone’ - after all, it’s a traditional British teatime sta...

How to 'Social Kiss' in the UK

Bec Baxter | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bec Baxter

Since moving to the Cotswolds the amount of social kissing I am expected to engage in has increased significantly. By social kissing, I don't mean snogging in the street like a teenager, I mean cheek brushing and lip puckering with a loud 'mwahh'.

Casino Etiquette: Keeping It Cool on the Poker Tables

Jamie Lewis | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Jamie Lewis

It can be a terrifying experience, entering a casino. Fresh with images in the mind from Hollywood scenes that suggest fiery dealers and intricate etiquette, casino virgins might feel daunted when laying their first bets. And, especially, us poker players, who may have only played online, could consider a physical felt a scary proposition.

Country Life Releases Cray Cray 39 Steps To Being A Gentleman

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We're not suggesting for a moment that you haven't heard of Country Life, the magazine for rich folk in the country who have horses and whatnot, but t...

Forget Downton Abbey Etiquette, These Are The Rules You Need In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Downton Abbey is back with a bang and for a series set almost 100 years ago, some of its themes are surprisingly relevant today. Yes, we're talking...

"Your Flies Are Undone!" - Social Howlers and How to Deal With Them

Bill Coles | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Bill Coles

I have a friend in the catering industry [Hi Nick!], who, most days, is an ultra-charming smoothie-chops Maitre D'. He's seen it all. He's seen everything. And every weekend, he is still confronted with a couple of social bloopers to which he has yet to find a solution.

How To Teach Children Manners Without Turning Into A Bossy Schoolmarm

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork/Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

Teaching children manners and etiquette is a tricky business. Thankfully, we've moved on from the days when people thought children should be seen ...

Common Etiquette Questions Answered Including Plane Seats And Mobile Phones

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Do you apply your lipstick on your morning commute? Or perhaps you use your mobile phone when out with friends? Either way, we have it under good a...

How To Navigate Your Knife And Fork Pretty Woman-Style

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The simple knife and fork - they go together like fish and chips, salt and pepper, Ant and Dec. But are they actually a simple set of dining tools? ...

Nine Ways to Exude Great Etiquette With Mums-to-Be, Including Catherine Middleton!

Lorna Balfour | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lorna Balfour

There is a risk the lady isn't pregnant at all and you offend, or if she is pregnant, it will make her feel very self-conscious about her changing body shape. If she is pregnant, let her tell you when she feels comfortable. Most couples don't share their good news until they have their first scan around week twelve.

Bridal Brats: Should You Invite Children to Your Wedding?

Tania O'Donnell | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tania O'Donnell

As we come to the tail end of the summer wedding season, some of you may be in the process of arranging your own wedding for next year. As well as the gown, the cake, the venue, and a hundred other decisions, you may be contemplating whether to invite children to your wedding.

PHOTOS: The State Opening of Parliament 2014

Press Association | Press Association | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK

Queen Elizabeth II formally opened a new session of Parliament this morning with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at her side. The State Opening of...

Gig Etiquette: How Not to Be a F**king A**hole at Live Events

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

You want to be at the front of the gig? Good. Get to the venue early and queue up like everyone else. Don't wait until the gig has started and then push your way through the crowd to the front - especially if you end up hurting people, knocking them over and splitting up people who want to be able to enjoy the gig together.

Eight Things They Should Tell You When You Join the Gym

Charlotte Buxton | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Buxton

So you've joined a gym. Good for you. But before you go in there and attempt to pump any iron there are some things you should know. There are rules they don't include on your membership form or on that bit of paper that asks if you've ever injured your back or had an allergic reaction to Lycra. I'm talking about social rules, gym etiquette...

The Reality of Swearing on Social Media

Gregor Smith | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Recently, I found myself involved as a "Twitter expert" in a "radio debate" about swearing on social media. It went so well that they missed out publishing that week's show podcast and I said "sir" live on air, which while it isn't a swear word, is a feature of my speech that really annoys me that I'm trying to eliminate.

How About Just Being Nice and Polite to Each Other?

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy May Sitch

Certain happenings of late have got me thinking about etiquette. Take for instance the sorry state/lack of genuine "Hey, good morning. How are you?" in the workplace or the mass disruption of the tube strike by the RMT and TSSA unions. Better yet, a fellow journalist being trolled for getting Vincent Vinturi's "rape manual" eBook removed from Amazon.

Guess What? The More We Use Our Phones, the Worse We Are at Communicating

Pandora Sykes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Pandora Sykes

It's the modern epidemic that's worsening by the day: the omnipresence of the smartphone. On the loo (my favourite spot to tweet from), on the bus, in bed, in the middle of meetings, at dinner, during s--- yep, seriously, some people do it.

The Etiquette of Asking

Bev James | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bev James

When someone feels comfortable with you and is confident that you will provide them with a good service, they are more likely to recommend you to their clients and contacts. That has always been the way the world works and I can see no reason why that will ever change.

Poorna Bell

Should Pregnant Women Automatically Be Offered A Seat?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The question of whether to offer a pregnant woman a seat on public transport or let's say, at the Houses of Parliament may seem like it has a very sim...