How to Date British Men

People are all completely different, and assuming that there are set traits that will determine how people from each nationality will act is a mistake. While it’s true that there are some ‘typical’ ways for British men to act, and some ‘typical’ ways for Jamaican men to act (stereotypes at least), and while there are some cultural differences, it is important to remember that a nationality does not define their personality and they will be just as varied as men from America (who are also of course all one nationality but all act completely differently). Dating a British man can be completely different depending on which British men you are dating, so any advice here might not necessarily apply with your guy.

That said, here we will look at some of the cultural differences and common features that are relevant when dating British men.

The Accent

Many women from the US are attracted to British men for their accents which a lot of women find to be a very sophisticated sounding voice. This then is a perk of dating British men, but it might also mean that your guy gets a lot of attention on nights out as people – including other women – are constantly excited to find someone British in their midsts.

This has another implication though which is the language barrier. Bear in mind that there are some differences in the English and American vocabulary. Words like ‘pants’ which actually only refer to underwear (rather than trousers) in England. None of these differences though are serious enough to cause any major confusions or offence and will mostly just be a source of amusement.

Some Common Traits of British Men

If your British guy was raised in England or still lives there, then he will likely have some particularly British traits. For instance you are likely to find that your guy enjoys football (soccer) a lot, and this might be something he gets very passionate about. He will also very likely in this case have a fondness for British pubs, and for certain lagers. Almost every British guy is also very fond of cups of tea (more so than coffee).

In terms of personality you are likely to find that English guys are much more reserved than American guys, particularly if they are from the South. They are less likely to start conversations with strangers, and less likely to applaud in the cinema or join in games that involve performance of any kind. Likewise they’ll be less likely to voice their grievances or to talk about their emotions at all – keep your true feelings inside and to keep your interactions with strangers as brief and polite exchanges rather than making any meaningful conversation. This can be frustrating or pleasant for women depending on what you’re looking for.

Another aspect of British men that’s different in a lot of cases is their sense of humour. You can witness this simply by watching an American sitcom and then an English one. The British comedy tends to be more sarcastic, cynical and based on situation. You can expect a British guy to have a sense of humour that is much more quiet and ‘dry’ rather than involving hand gestures or impersonations. At first this can make your guy seem a little bland, but if you look for a wicked and dry sense of humour then it is probably there under the radar.

British Cuisine

As mentioned, the average British bloke will love to go down the pub and thus much of their cuisine comes from that pass time. Things like pie and chips, cottage pie, fish and chips, roast dinners, full English breakfasts and barbecues (chips meaning fries, not crisps).


  1. the accent? please tell me something I don't know…

  2. Do you realise that there's a difference between "Britain/Britain" and "England/English"? You used the two words as though they are interchangeable! A lot of British men, especially Scots and Welsh, would find that offensive.

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