Henia, if your spoken English is as good as your written English, then you will have no problem understanding the English spoken by the British. But in parts of London you are likely to be surprised at the number of people who do not speak English as a first language. London is a multi cultural cosmopolitan city. Presumably you will be staying within a Polish community.
As for seeing, indeed even riding horses in Britain - well when you are settled ask for a "Yellow Pages" - that is a telephone directory listing all types of business - so look up "Stables", "Riding Centres" "Livery yards" and phone them up.
Go to a book shop, or large supermarket and look in the magazine sales area for horsey magazines. Perhaps phone the British Horse Society for information about local facilities in the area you are staying..
It is possible to ride in central London but as with most things in England - only if you are well introduced and wealthy.
As for your riding in suburbia. Well without knowing anything about your competence level it is hard to make suggestions. But be aware that the horse is a fundamental part of British rural culture - and plays as much a part in the social history of the people as the horse plays in Polish society.
As you are no doubt aware, there are a lot of Poles working in Britain. Now that Poland is a member of the EU, Polish nationals are able to work in Britain for payment. If you are a competent rider, if you are knowlegeable about caring for horses, then you could perhaps find a job in a horse establishment either on a temporary or long term basis. But maybe that is not what you want to do.
What has not yet happened, an one wonders why, is that riding centres in Poland have not tried to market holiday riding opportunities in Poland for British tourists. You might think to take photos of Polish riding centres.
One significant point for you to remember - riding in Britain is expensive - especially by Polish standards. So always introduce yourself as a poor student from Poland (even if your Dad is a millionaire)
If you are thinking of riding in Britain, you'll need a riding hat, riding boots and riding breeches. But be careful. If you are asked if you want to ride a horse, make sure you feel competent to ride the horse put in front of you. Try always to ride it in an arena before you even think to mount up and ride off - even in the company of a friend. Riding in Britain presents certain challenges not to be found in other less crowded countries.
Have fun. Just smile and laugh a lot and keep asking questions.
You will be judged by whether you smile and by the way you handle and ride a horse.
Last edited by xxBarry Godden; 12-11-2011 at 09:30 AM.