When you go to the UK, you will see that most people live in homes that touch each other. Look at them all, all cuddled up in a row. They are so cute! It's almost as if they are spooning each other. In the UK, the majority of people live in terraced houses like this and it is a luxury to live in a detached house. In the United States, we like as much space as possible between houses.
And those terraced houses can be teeny tiny on the inside. What? You don't want to sleep where you shower? You don't want to brush your teeth in the closet? Who is the weird one now? Don't knock it til you try it.
Why do bathrooms in the UK have two taps? Do they really need a tap for cold water and a separate one for hot water? Maybe they don't believe in warm water? Hey Brits! What's wrong with warm water? Listen, just try the one whole one faucet thing. I don't think that you will ever go back.
The Brits can't do anything without a tea kettle. You will never walk into a kitchen in the UK that doesn't have one. Americans however, probably don't even know what a tea kettle is and could find way way better use for that plug.
And speaking of plugging things in, you will notice that there are rarely any outlets in their bathrooms. Where on earth do they plug in their blowdryer or curling iron or shaver or flat iron or magnifying mirror or ANYTHING. In the kitchen? I don't understand. Someone please explain.
One more thing about plugs, I swear. Have you seen a British plug? It has the cutest accent. I'm just kidding! But it is huge. We think that stepping on a Lego is bad? Try coming into contact with one of these guys in the middle of the night.
They also tend to air dry their clothes on clothing racks. While this may seem like a fine idea, doesn't it rain every day in the UK? So all those clean clothes have to dry inside? That seems chaotic, doesn't it?
Many of their buildings, including the British Museum, are older than the United States. Isn't that crazy to even think about!?!? As one redditor said, "In the US, 200 years is a long time. In the UK, 200 miles is a long distance."
You will also notice that it is common for the light in the bathrooms to be on a string. Maybe they don't want you to get electrocuted? That is very kind of them but kind of inconvenient if you spend ten minutes feeling the wall looking for a switch in the dark.
So, what is the difference between a flat and an apartment? The answer is nothing, really. If the home is in a block like the one pictures, they are called a flat because, well, they are flat. An apartment is usually more like a private residency. Some real estate agents will list as an apartment to try to make it sound more fancy than a flat, but a flat is a flat if it's flat!