10 things to know about homes in England

When I moved to London in 2015, I had no idea what was waiting for me here. Of course, I have already been struck by two-tap sinks, leaky windows and all-round carpets. Fortunately, my first apartment was reasonably modern. The later houses i had the opportunity to live in were not bad too.. but there is something to tell. 😉
If you are curious about such stories.. scroll further. You’ll hear about falling windows, broken railings and slamming winds.


  • Washing machine in the kitchen? Welcome to England. You do not want to mix soup, then insert the laundry. Automatic mixing is done! With us at home, when you want to insert laundry, first you need to pull the dishes from the dryer, because it threatens with a concert of stuns and callers cutlery.

Doors and windows

  • Here there is a special way to close the door – that is, you need to lift and hold the handle at the top and only then turn the key in the lock. I remember once jerking off the door, and i couldn’t close it for the hell.. little was missing and I would break the key. Fortunately, later a friend explained to me how the door “works”.
  • Do you like these large windows in tenement houses? Me too..but as a rule, these windows are so old that they do not keep heat in the apartment and hula wind between the slots, which in turn threatens large heating bills in winter. In my previous apartment, I had windows like in American movies, a suwane up-down. And so one time, putting my head out the window, I got around my neck.. the window was close to me, because the “twine” mechanism let go.
  • Carpets, a whole sea of carpets – literally everywhere these cursed carpets. One of my girlfriends was even in the bathroom! And what was beneath it? Decayed and damp wooden planks. Hygiene level 100. 
  • In English houses and apartments, as a rule, there are no external window sills – why? So that the often falling rain does not knock on the sheet metal and does not wake sleeping children. I don’t know how much truth there is, but as for me it makes sense.
  • One more strange window.. which open downwards. I will explain this on the basis of the windows that you will meet in Poland, namely our evade from the top and as if inside.. the windows here open in reverse. They evade from the bottom and out.. why this way? Unfortunately, I haven’t discovered it yet. For now, I can say that they are totally impractical. 
  • There are also snap-on doors that do not have any door handle from the outside.. and only a small ‘catcher’ which is attached to the key lock. A few years ago, when I came here, I wanted to take out the garbage and the door inadvertently slammed. It was too late before I realized I didn’t have the keys with me. When my roommate came back and found me on the stairs in front of the house, she couldn’t control herself from laughing. As you probably know, I wasn’t there to laugh. Fortunately, I’ve always learned how to take my keys with me. Everywhere, anytime. 
  • Those who live in cottages in Poland know boiler for hot water. In the municipal blocks is so-called – water from the city. You unscrew the tap and do not worry that when you drain the whole tank, you have to wait for the water to heat up again. Here in London (I don’t know what it’s like all over the country) there’s nothing like water from the city. In any house or apartment in constant equipment there is a boiler.


  • The worst of the worst is that in the bathrooms you will not meet contacts.. want to dry or straighten your hair? Or maybe you want to connect a sha shaal? Sorry, but don’t go to the kitchen, hallway or bedroom. Alternatively, stock up on an extension cord and pull the cable through half the house. Sometimes it can happen that you find outlets, but only for men’s sha shaters. Why such an idea at all, so that there is no electricity in the bathroom? I once heard that it was for safety reasons. I don’t know about you, but I’m not with those people who dry their hair while bathing – but what do I know there. 😉
  • If there is no outlet, there is no light switch.. i mean it is, just a little different. From the ceiling you will be different – a string. It took me a while to get used to it, and not to woo my paw on the wall. 😉 Now sometimes I happen to wave my hand and look for twine.. but in peace. Wont do its thing. 
  • Famous two taps, for hot and cold water. Most often found in pubs and old houses. Fortunately, I had to live in houses where the bathrooms were already renovated and I had a classic one tap. However, many times I happened to meet this strange.. and now I write as seriously as possible, watch out for your hands. When you unscrew the warm water – you get the truest boiling water – I looked at my hands many times. And the cold water is icy like our Baltic sea in winter – hypothermia guaranteed.


  • Stairs – as a rule, covered with a fleshy carpet. Steep, curly and damn uncomfortable. I have wondered many times how the British bring furniture to the floor.. fortunately (or not) now I know. You must either buy furniture that you will make only at home (whats Ikea), or you will break the rung on the stairs. I had the opportunity to try out way No. 2. Yes, yes.. The sofa did not fit in the lobby and a few rungs from the stairs pouched. Pole can 😀

If you are curious about how you live here, how the typical British people behave or what they eat here, be sure to let us know

! Or do you know some interesting stories related in English houses? I’m happy to read – who knows, maybe some houses have something else strange that I haven’t yet discovered. 😉

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