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.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a stone-walled, tapestry-lined fortress with straw for carpets and a drawbridge for a driveway?
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…
Second oldest university in the world – quite inspiring.
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.
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…
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)
Bubble and squeak? Hot toddy? Bangers and mash?
9) the Thatched Roof
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.
The British have this subtle sense of humor that Americans just don’t have, and often don’t get.
Simon, television sucks without you.
The BBC has the answers to everything.
Perhaps it’s the accent, but I think that Brits can simply sing better than Americans.
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.