When I was in London many moons ago I used to mainly attend All Souls in Langham Place. Given the reserve of the English, I was pleased to find it to be quite welcoming and I seemed to easily make acquaintances there. I got the impression, however, that English reserve operated at full force in small group. I was the loquacious Australian happy to offer a view on anything being discussed! The English just sat there!
On a couple of occasions I visited St Helens too. I had heard Dick Lucas, the then rector, speak a few times in Australia, and was keen to see him on his home turf. [The Gherkin in the background of the photo was not built at the time I write of].