An American woman living in London has revealed the English customs that may astound American, from our lemonade to our unhealthy obsession with panel shows.
Andrea Celeste, who originally hails from California, has garnered an following of around 186,400 broadcasting her 18-part series about the baffling things we Brits do.
Over the course of these videos, she has given advice to potential American expats on what to expect from British life when they venture across the pond, having lived in Britain for eight years herself.
In her ninth installment she discussed our strange lemonade habits, an unhealthy obsession with panel shows – and surprising similarity we share with our American cousins.
In the video, which now has around 1.3 million views, the TikToker lounges candidly in a bedroom with a Starbucks to hand.
Andrea Celeste (pictured) has been guiding American’s on the do’s and dont’s of living in England, after spending the last eight years here
Gazing directly into the camera, the Californian ploughs straight ahead, explaining the first of many strange British customs.
First on the list is lemonade. Andrea elaborated: ‘If you order lemonade at a restaurant in England you will get a carbonated lemon flavored drink.
‘In the US you would get what Brits call cloudy lemonade, which is the sugary lemony drink that isn’t carbonated.’
Commonly, in the UK and Australia if you order a glass of cold lemonade you are going to be handed a carbonated fizzy drink.
But this is not the case for American who tend to serve traditional, non-fizzy lemonade on stands to make some extra cash during the summer months.
Americans in the comments were bemused, with one writing: ‘I’d be so disappointed if I asked lemonade and got lemon seltzer instead.’
Another maintained the US’ reign in the fizzy drink category, commenting: ‘American lemonade is superior and I’ll die on that hill.’
Another difference the American expat cited was Britain’s obsession with chocolate eggs during Easter celebrations.
She told viewers that American’s have an affinity for chocolate shaped bunnies rather than eggs.
Disappointed some US treats were still not commonplace, Andrea added: ‘Also peeps haven’t made their way into England yet but I am hoping they do soon.’
The Californian noted Brits’ obsession with panel shows that tend to host a similar roster of comedians. She also advised Americans on how British lemonade tends to be carbonated, unlike the sweet drink they are used to
However not everyone was a fan of the American candy, with one writing: ‘ I had peeps for the first time this Easter. It was abundantly clear why they haven’t made it to the UK.’
A person stated: ‘My dad sent me peeps when he lived in the US and they were disgustingly sweet. I had to throw them away.’
But we are not only different in what we eat and drink or how we celebrate religious events, according to the influencer – we are also fairly divergent in our broadcasting habits.
Andrea shared in a video which now has around 127,800 likes that although Americans have panel shows, the obsession is nowhere close to that of Britons.
She said: ‘Panel shows are everywhere on TV in England. They usually have a lot of the same comedians going on different panel shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI and Would I Lie to you.’
The Californian also noted an additional TV habit that differs from across the Atlantic Ocean – watershed.
In the UK, we have watershed, which material that is deemed unsuitable for children is not to be broadcast between 9pm and 5.30am.
Elaborating on the broadcasting rule, Andrea said: ‘If you are interested in what that means look up Naked Attraction.’
Some were left shocked that the US did not have watershed, stating: ‘Wait does the US not have watershed?! That’s insane.’
While another replied: ‘We do it’s just more restrictive in what can be aired unless you pay for it. There just isn’t a general term for it.’
The USA does not have watershed, however they do federal law which places restrictions and bans on certain content being broadcast.
All obscene content is prohibited from being broadcast under US federal law, however profane or indecent content is only to be shown between 10pm and 6am.
Profane content is detailed as ‘grossly offensive’ language, while indecent is material defined as displaying ‘sexual or excretory organs or activities in a way that is patently offensive.’
540 people took to the comments to debate the cultural differences between the two countries on either side of the Atlantic, many were shocked by the carbonization English lemonade, while others wanted to give a car boot sale a go
But the US and UK also have some similarities when it comes to how we get rid of our old tatt, according to Andrea.
She told viewers: ‘In England instead of garage sales you find car boot sales it is the same concept but on a field selling things from your car boot or a truck.’
The TikToker explained whilst she had seen both akin selling methods in the two countries, car boot sales were more popular in the UK, whilst garage sales are more commonplace in the land of the free.
One person residing in Britain reasoned: ‘It’s only because most houses don’t have garages here.’
While another added: ‘The car boot sale looks fun!’