Top 25 Reasons to Love England

The reasons to love England seem limitless to me. I could go on and on about crumpets and Peter Rabbit and Harrod’s and Cranford and Fanny Price. I’ve discovered that many of my fellow Americans are Anglophiles just like me, and they have their lists of reasons why they love all things British as well. Over time, I’ve compiled the top 25 reasons why Americans love England. You can read the original articles here and here. In fact, the first article is what inspired this blog. So enjoy, and let me know what your favorite things about England are in the comments below!

25) the Royal Guard

What’s black, white, and red all over?

24) Afternoon Tea

Sugar and a splash of cream, please.

23) Castles

Who wouldn’t want to live in a stone-walled, tapestry-lined fortress with straw for carpets and a drawbridge for a driveway?

22) Gardens

The English Garden is apparently a place to be proposed to, to ramble aimlessly on dull afternoons, to escape from unwanted suitors…

21)Double Decker Buses

Let’s just hope they aren’t too top-heavy…

20) Oxford

Second oldest university in the world – quite inspiring.

19) Pubs

They come in pints?

18) Royal Weddings

Occasions for gravity-defying hats and bell-ringing celebration, brought to you live on the BBC.

17) Rain and Fog

The perfect backdrop to the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes or the ramblings of drunken Dickens characters.

16) London

The center of Anglophilia! Everything your heart has ever desired can be found along the banks of the Thames…

15) the Accent

When I get to England, I will wander the streets, talking to random strangers just to hear their accents.

14) the Queen

Revolution or no, Americans still hold a tiny love of royalty.

13) Prince William

No longer on the singles list…

12) History

From ancient stone henge to William the Conqueror to Henry VIII to the knights of the round table…

11) the Way of Life

Rolling countryside, church steeples, knitting by the fireplace, making fresh butter… (apparently, this isn’t true anymore, and I’m living in a dream world)

10) Food 

Bubble and squeak? Hot toddy? Bangers and mash?

9) the Thatched Roof

pure cuteness!

8) the Cars

I wouldn’t mind driving around in a Mini Cooper.

7) the Red Telephone Booth

We don’t even have telephone booths in America… just phones nailed to the concrete.

6) Bond, James Bond

Classy, smooth, debonaire… Sean Connery.

5) Humor

The British have this subtle sense of humor that Americans just don’t have, and often don’t get.

4) Simon 

Simon, television sucks without you.

3) Drama

The BBC has the answers to everything.

2) Music

Perhaps it’s the accent, but I think that Brits can simply sing better than Americans.

1) Literature

Number one! English literature is one of the best gifts to mankind from mankind. Shakespeare, Jane Austen, John Keats, Tennyson, C.S. Lewis, Kazuo Ishiguro, etc. etc.

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13 responses to “Top 25 Reasons to Love England

  1. elisabeth

    Waou ! I do love your blog ! I’m an anglophile too and the more I read your blog and comments, the more I feel like going to go and live there ! I’ve loved this country since I was a little girl.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Skai

    America’s so much better!

  3. Great Scott, under literature you left out PG Wodehouse! Spiffing site though!

  4. Wow, I didn’t know England had quite so many good points. I certainly wouldn’t have been abe to come up with this many things myself. The humour always gets me slightly as most Americans don’t understand English humour with the irony and sarcasm and most English can’t see the funny side of American humour but I think there will all ways be that divide. Also, I never knew English Gardens were a place to be proposed to but it does seem a lovely idea, outide in the sunshine with the flowers and fresh air.

  5. Lucy Soper

    Hi, just to say that I love your blog. I live near Bath and love Jane Austen too. I love to see that England still has its charm and allure. Keep up your amazing site.

  6. Pete

    No Dickens in the literature list?

  7. Lord Delauncey

    Completely endearing . . . .going to confound that statement now with a proviso, though . . .We, in common with all Nations, have our faults too . . .But thank you for a wonderful read. Ps, The North rules, accept no less . . .

  8. John Evans

    The double deck buses are never too top heavy because they’re deliberately designed to have a low centre of gravity; for example, the bodywork is made of aluminium (aluminum) rather than steel to keep the above-chassis weight down. And every new design of double decker has to pass a tilt test in order to be deemed roadworthy. Bus drivers in the UK also have to pass a stringent test before they can get a licence to drive a “public service vehicle” – this will include showing that they can drive a double decker safely.

  9. Luisa

    I agree, but you actually like fog? :O

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