Although the UK is a small nation, the culture, language and the cost of living may change significantly depending on where you are. Each of the countries in the UK has its own feel and England can vary a lot from North to South. London's size, diversity, opportunities and higher prices also make it feel vastly different to anywhere else in the UK.
Language & Culture
English is the main language of the UK but there are also other local languages spoken by some in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (although anyone speaking only English in these areas will have no problems). Accents also vary greatly and the English accent in the South of England may most closely resemble that which is taught or most often heard abroad. Accents are often, although not always, stronger in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The culture in the UK has been shaped by a long history and influenced by a diverse migrant population. The culture varies greatly from small country villages to large cities, particularly in London where the hurried, career-driven, 24-hour, multi-cultural, endless choice nature of the city give it a very different feel to elsewhere on the isle.
The food in the UK also reflects its multi-cultural background, and in most cities you will find restaurants serving food from all parts the world. British food has a bad reputation in many other countries. This is deserved in many cases although the quality of food, and the British interest in good food has increased in recent years and is continuing to increase.