Cultural Experience | United Kingdom

15 Total Giveaways That You’re a Tourist in London

Want to avoid looking like a tourist in London? Avoid doing any of these, unlike yours truly, who stuck out like a sore thumb during her time in London.


1. You get confused looks from store assistants when you ask where the trash is.


Try asking for the rubbish bin instead.

2. You giggle every time the Tube announcer says “Cockfosters”


And in a British accent too!

3. You and the people you’re with are the only people speaking above a whisper on the Tube and bus.


Prepare for the glares from people trying to read their morning paper!

4. You stare at this for 5 to 10 minutes to make sure you’re going the right way.


And you’ll double-check every chance you get.

5. You hold up the line at Tube turnstiles fumbling to put your temporary pass through.


If you’re like me, you’ll spend a few minutes trying to wave it like an Oyster card..

6. You stop and take pictures of nothing just because it looks different from home.


But the sky looks so blue! and the streets are so smooth!

7. You’re soaking wet because you didn’t realize you needed an umbrella EVERYWHERE YOU GO.



8. You’re silly enough to sounds out words like Leicester and Gloucester.


Leicester = “Lester”

9. You go to King’s Cross Station just to take a picture with this.


Excuse me while I catch the train to Hogwarts.

10. You are surprised when they bring you a fancy bottle of water when you ask for, “just water.”


If you want free water, ask for tap water!

11. You go McDonald’s the first chance you get.


And you still pretend like you’re “experiencing the culture.”

12. You don’t know why there isn’t ketchup readily available for your fries, or chips.


And you’ll get charged if you ask for packets of ketchup!

13. You can’t believe there’s multiple H&Ms on Oxford Street.

13 - H&M

Especially compared to Oklahoma, where there are ZERO.

14. You get offended when people push past you on the stairs, then realize you were supposed to be walking on the right.


Safety first! Let people in a rush run past you on the left.

15. You buy stuff like this.

15 - Souvenirs

Can’t stop, won’t stop. You need a British flag on everything!

Jennifer Truong

University of Oklahoma | 6 stories

Jennifer Truong is an advertising senior with a minor in psychology at the University of Oklahoma. She's a true Oklahoman, Sooner born and Sooner bred. She is constantly looking for the beautiful things in life. That's what drives her to travel because there's so much to see. --------"She said she cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short."

One response to “15 Total Giveaways That You’re a Tourist in London”

  1. ACIS Tours says:

    Once you figure out the Tube, it’s such a convenient way to zip around the city, but the map IS hilarious and very intimidating. Nice article, Jennifer!

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