Weights and Measures


Britain officially uses the metric system for weights. Most, if not all foods are sold in grams or kilograms.

There are 1000 grams in a kilogram

1 gram = 0.035 ounces, 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds


Britain also, again in most cases, uses the metric system for measurements. The only exception
to this is that miles are still used for measuring road distances, and you will see that miles per hour (mph) is used to measure speed. You will also see yards, instead of feet, used on road signs to give shorter distances.

Everything else, distance-wise, is measured in centimeters and meters.

There are one hundred centimeters in a meter

1 centimeter = 0.394 inches.

1 meter = 39.4 inches (just over 1 yard)

Liquid measurements are measured in millilitres and litres

There are one thousand millilitres in a litre

1 millilitre = 0.035 U.S. fluid ounces

1 litre = 1.76 British (Imperial) pints or 2.11 U.S. pints or 33.81 U.S. fluid ounces

1 litre = 0.22 British (Imperial) gallons or 0.264 U.S. gallons

1 British (Imperial) ounce = 0.96 U.S. ounces

1 British (Imperial) gallon = 1.2 U.S. gallons

1 British ton = 2240 lbs. vs. the U.S. ton which is 2000 lbs.

(Above fractions mostly rounded)

Please note: the British (Imperial) pint and gallon are larger than their American cousins. A pint of beer or ale in a pub, for example, will contain approximately 20 U.S. fluid ounces instead of the 16 U.S. fluid ounces found in an American pint (whether in a bar, or at home, whilst cooking up your favorite recipe!). Therefore, the British (Imperial) ounce, pint and gallon are commensurately larger than their American counterparts. (And…fyi, in case you may have wondered: in Britain, the measurement of a quart is not as commonly used as pints and gallons.)

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