They might not always be portrayed in the greatest light, but with their good banter, meticulous manners and effortless charm, we reckon British boys are best. Here’s why…
British blokes love a belly laugh and they’re only too happy to swerve a potentially awkward situation by dishing out a gentle joke or two. That, combined with witty asides, make our chaps fine company. Who said anything about a stiff upper lip, eh?
They love their mums. And their nans. And their aunts.
Mummy’s boys are one thing. But our Brit boys are quite another. They simply love their mums and don’t care who knows it. Brit boys are happy to unload the shopping or call home to check how her week’s been. They probably use the same fabric conditioner mum used just so their socks smell like mum’s laundry. All together now… bless!
Old Hugh Grant films might portray British guys as bumbling idiots with zero self-confidence, but we know that underneath the stutters, British chaps are happy enough within themselves not too boast about their every achievement. Handily, they’re quick to point out any of their quirks too. And humbleness is hot; fact.
Brit men are chivalrous, but if you’re not down with them paying the bill or having the door opened for you, they will take heed. The British guy lives in a country with a strong tradition of female empowerment; seeing women in important jobs, or playing football, or drinking with the best of the boys so he will (well, should) be a sensitive and enlightened date.
Good with people
Ask a British guy to your party and by the end of the night, he’ll know how half of your guests arrived, how many pets they have and their weekend plans for the next month. They may not ‘work’ the crowd like Americans, but British men are generally easy company, which makes it easy for you to leave him alone without worrying he’ll doing anything bonkers.
It might be hard to convince a British man to nibble on tabbouleh instead of his cheese and pickle sandwich for lunch, but this stubborn loyalty fares pretty well when it comes to their mates. Observe male friends in a pub. There might be banter. There might be digs about a dodgy choice in shirt. There might be some rib-poking about his recent dates. But there won’t be any bitchiness. The British man always has his pals’ backs and would chew his own arm off rather than see one of them hurt. It’s sweet, nice, and very attractive…
Whether you have a granny who’s a stickler for good grammar, a dad who’s hard as nails or a mum who won’t stop talking, your British man will be polite to one and all. Growing up in a country that loves queues means you can rely on the British male to offer his seat to those who need it on public transport, and make sure the bartender serves you first. Good manners cost nothing, but mean everything when you’re attracting the ladies.
There is probably a reason that Shakespeare, one of Britain’s greatest writers, set his greatest love stories in another country. But while the UK may not be a nation of swooning Romeos, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. He just wants to care in a more understated manner. It’s a manner that might say ‘bunch of daffs and downloading a song to your iPod’ instead of ‘bunch of red roses and playing the violin’, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, Romeo and Juliet did not end well.
Living under a permanently grey sky with only crushing sporting defeats to look forward to can do things to your psyche. So the British male doesn’t expect too much from life. You could say that was un-ambitious, or you could say it was rather sweet. Seeing someone take great joy in simple things like a patch of blue sky, a train that runs on time, or an expected extended episode of Coronation Street means British guys are just like, well, us.
The hot list
America, you can keep George Clooney, Brad Pitt and your other clichéd studs. We’re more than happy with our lot, thank you. Who do we mean by ‘our lot’? Well, for starters: Daniel Craig, James McAvoy, David Beckham. Harry Styles, Robert Pattinson, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Andrew Garfield, Alex Pettyfer, Orlando Bloom, Ed Westwick, Benedict Cumberbatch, Damian Lewis… Phew.