That’s exactly the way you’ll hear it when you are living in London. In fact, one of the first things you have to do when you are moving to London is to find a neighborhood pub where you can go for a pint and an evening out. You could even go so far as to ask your London relocation services company to recommend a few pubs in the area that you will be moving to. Pub life and being part of the pub life is all a part of moving to London and immersing yourself in the culture, quirks and charms of this fascinating city.
The first thing you have to realize about moving to London is that people drink whenever they want to. Having a look of shock and horror on your face when your boss suggests popping out at lunchtime for a pint is not on. Drinking during the day is perfectly acceptable in London, unless of course you’re a surgeon or airplane pilot! Drinking during working hours is a dismissible offense in the US, but over here it’s just a part of the working day.
You can have a pint during your lunch hour, and then again after work with your colleagues, and then again with your mates close to home. Ostensibly, you can carry on drinking and visiting pubs from 11 am until shutting time. It’s great fun, and if you know how to pace yourself, you won’t be stumbling out of the pub at closing time and rolling home.
Is a pint a beer?
Generally speaking, yes, except that beer in England is usually called bitter. This is the most popular alcoholic drink in the United Kingdom and is served in pint glasses. The biggest difference in beer that you’ll find when you you’re moving to London is the temperature that it is served at. Beer, or bitter in England is served just below room temperature, which is completely opposite to the ice cold beer served in the states. Ale is served at room temperature in England, it is a beer that has not been carbonated, and is made from barley and hops.
The other big difference is the amount of alcohol found in each pint. There is a reason that beer is not served in pitchers over here. Beware. You will not be able to consume as much as you did back home and if you try, the landlord will be rolling you out of the pub when you’re on your ear!
Another English turn of phrase that you should know is “Bevvy”. It is short for beverage and you’ll find that many people will invite you out for a drink after work by saying “Fancy coming for a bevvy then?”
It is the norm for a group of people out at the pub to buy ‘round’ for each other, your turn will come which will mean that you will have to go to the bar and fight your way through the throngs of people and order a round of drinks. There is hardly any table service in pubs, unless you’re eating in the dining room. It might be best to take a British mate with you to the bar when you order a round of drinks for the first time or you may get it wrong.
Pub life is very much a part of English culture, tradition and history. While you don’t want to be spending every night down the pub, you will find that visiting your local pub is one of the best ways of meeting people and making friends as part of your relocation to London.