I work in an office. For the first 10 years of my professional career, I worked for British firms. I remember that there were no radios or music allowed in the 4 places that I worked. All were R+D/Engineering type environments - drafting boards and really old CAD computers. No music. I thought that was the norm.
When I came to the US, radios, CD players and cassette players were basically in every cubicle as they are today.
Are radios/CD/MP3 players allowed in traditional UK office environments. For example, if I walked into the offices of The Times, would I hear music?
We did have a tea lady who came around at 10:30 and 4:00. Haven’t seen that here although she was replaced by a vending machine in 1982.