These were the New Statesman‘s readers’ suggestions for misleading advice for foreigners visiting London for the first time:
Never pay the price demanded for a newspaper; good-natured haggling is customary.
Never attempt to tip a taxi-driver.
On first entering an underground train, it is customary to shake hands with every passenger.
Try the famous echo in the British Museum Reading Room.
Visitors in London hotels are expected by the management to hang the bedlinen out of the windows to air.
Parking is permitted in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on payment of a small fee to the sentry.
London barbers are delighted to shave the patrons’ armpits.
I read them in the 1960s, and later they were reprinted in a book, long since out of print. This is the first time I have found them on the Internet, in the blog I spilled the beans, in which William encourages the English of – er – foreigners.