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Culture is defined in two ways First as a collection of ideas traditions and customs which serve to distinguish groups of people from one another Secondly it refers to eg the arts and other intellectual manifestations of groups as defined by the first definition of cultureThis essay will seek to inform the reader of a wider and simultaneously more intimate picture of contemporary and traditional British culture The focus of this essay will centeron some interesting and unique cultural practices traditions and folklore which seem to separate and define the British People from other societies around the world Whether British culture is influenced by other culturesWhether in turn British culture has influenced other cultures What do the miniskirt Shakespeare and chicken tikka masala have in common They are all British When one thinks of Britain or more specifically England the distinction between which will become clear in a moment one might imagine long wet winters and seemingly ceaseless discussion thereof biscuits dipped into tiny cups of too-sweet too-milky tea and an interest in the day-to-day lives of their Royal Family which some might say is bordering on obsessive Though these are all pretty accurate at first glance if a little outdated there are other less stereotypical aspects of British culture which may be of more interest to a person who is looking to learn more about the country In fact it is fair to say that Britain has been and continues to be home to some of the most influential cultural icons and practices in historyIt is also important to remember that Britain refers to more than just England Many of the stereotypes of British culture are actually very much those of a specifically English culture The distinction between Britain and England seems to be dangerous political ground these days which people try to avoid When discussing British traditions and contemporary culture also one must do ones best to avoid only discussing those of England
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