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Why are there two taps in the UK?

An expat demonstrates the frustrations of using two taps in the UK

two taps UK

Ada gets ready to wash her hands.

If you’ve ever ventured to Britain, you will have noticed that sinks have two taps in the UK. This is a huge cause of frustration to visitors. Due to separate taps for hot and cold water, they find it impossible to get the right temperature.

When washing your hands, you’ll have to make due by flitting between scalding hot and freezing cold water.

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Separate taps.

But why? I just want a pleasant wash!

The explanation for this seemingly illogical tap system is that hot water used to be considered unsafe for drinking, since it was heated in the tank commonly found in the house’s attic. These tanks could be infected with dead rats, among other things.

Sinks in the UK

Taps galore!

Frustration over UK taps

The look of frustration.

These days, although the hot water is most likely perfectly safe, the tradition continues. Even buildings fitted with brand new sinks usually have two separate taps.

While the extreme water temperatures may be unpleasant, no, this is not an excuse to skip hand washing. So use the British technique and make due with cold water (perhaps with some drops of the scathing hot stream in between).

Taps in the UK

Not so bad after all?

Good luck.

 

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Once you make your way through the crowds, there are some neat places to hang out in. There’s shopping, street food, cool cafes and live music by night. Wondering what to do in London Camden Town? Check out these ideas. Read More

BFI London Film Festival

Sara the Posh Traveler gets close to the actors

…Not too close, mind you

BFI London Film Festival

Sara gets close to Russel Brand.

Sara the Posh Traveler and native Londoner has been on red carpet duty this week for the BFI London Film Festival. If you’re in Leicester Square either today or Sunday, be sure to hang around the cinemas to catch a final glimpse of some big movie stars. Sara insists they’re famous and we should have all heard of them.Press Conference

She notes meeting the stars is not all glamourous. It can be more of a waiting game. Getting near the upper echelons of society requires a degree of sacrifice.

Check out Sara’s photos from hobnobbing with celebs at a movie premiere and after that, join her on a tour of the city’s West End in the London video.

 

Do you know these actors? Would you wait in line to see them?

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Brick Lane on Sunday

Where am I in London on a Sunday?

At Brick Lane of course…

Brick Lane

English-Bengali street sign

So, it’s Sunday and you want to get out of the house. Whether you live in London and want to stop making it a lazy day or are visiting and want to take full advantage of the city’s weekend activities, you’ll get your action fix on Brick Lane.

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London video travel guide

A London video travel guide

Get ready…London has a lot to see!

In the London video travel guide we visit the city’s famous downtown core, including Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. After narrowly escaping a painful serenade by a street performer, we take a peek at East London graffiti. Stay on for a tour of the West End with Sara the West Londoner and some chit chat with drunks. Read More