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Great Britain

Facts & Figures

  • Capital City: London
  • Population: 60m
  • Languages: English, Welsh, Scots Gaelic
  • Grand Prix Race Track: Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire
    • Number of laps: 52
    • Total race length: 307km
    • Most Frequent Winner: Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton - 5 times
    • Last Winner: Lewis Hamilton (2017)
  • Official Grand Prix Web Site

Ideas for a Great Britain Themed Party

To be pedantic - and with no disrespect intended to anyone - Great Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales. The UK's full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, i.e. Great Britain plus Northern Ireland. The Silverstone Grand Prix is known as the British Grand Prix, but I'm sure nobody intends to exclude the good people of Northern Ireland from the event! Technically (why do I get the feeling that I'm about to get thousands of emails correcting me?!) the Union Flag (often incorrectly called the Union Jack) is the flag of the UK, not of Great Britain. However, to the best of my knowledge there is no such thing as a British flag, so I think we can get away with using the Union Flag for our British Grand Prix parties!

British Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Union flags and scarves (see links, right)
  • If you're serving food, search for red, white and blue table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our general General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more British Party Decorations Ideas, visit our European Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for other party decorations, anything in red, white and blue will be good

Food for a GB Themed Party

British cooking is a mix of many different regional styles and dishes. Additionally, many dishes from the Indian sub-continent, the Caribbean, Italy and elsewhere have been absorbed into what is now quite an eclectic and cosmopolitan cuisine. For now, we'll include a few traditional English and Welsh dishes here (but don't worry, we'll add some Scottish ones soon!).

Try some of these for your next British Grand Prix party:

Starters

Main Courses Sweet Dishes

Drink for a British Party

Despite the fact that we have turned into a nation of lager drinkers, there isn't really a great British lager. The ones that leap to mind are Fosters (Australian), Carlsberg (Danish), Heineken (Dutch) and Stella (Belgian). Oh, what about Carling, so proud of their British barley? Yes, they're probably the only major one, but did you know that Carling is owned by Molson Coors Brewery of Canada?!

Whatever. Although some wine is produced in England, it's not widely recognised as being the finest in the world - we don't really have the climate for it, and that's even more true for Wales and Scotland. Having said that, the quality and reputation of English wines - especially sparkling wines - are improving all the time.

What we do make well are ciders and bitters ("dark" beers). There is usually a huge choice of each available in supermarkets or online:

Scotland, as well as producing some good beers of its own, is most famous for its Scotch Whisky. There are literally thousands to choose from, and we're far from experts in this field, so we suggest you search online or in your local supermarket or off-licence. Whether you prefer to drink it on its own or mixed, there is a huge range of Scotch Whiskies to choose from at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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