- Naz, from Seattle, USA, moved to London a couple of years ago and “loves it”
- She told TikTok about some of the cultural differences and didn’t hold back.
An American woman who moved to London shared her complaints with daily life in the capital.
Seattle native Naz passing by @mynameisnaz on TikTok moved to Britain two years ago and has noticed some of the things that have puzzled her.
The content creator, who works in the beauty industry, began her two-minute meltdown by talking about money and moved on to UK drinking culture, work and even tap water.
But Londoners were quick to debate cultural quirks with the TikToker, with many defending the capital’s after-work drinking culture.
Naz, who works in ethical beauty, took the plunge a couple of years ago and moved from Seattle to London.
In it shorten, said: ‘The first thing is that they will not fight over the bill. No one runs to collect that bill, no one treats anyone, everyone pays for what they have and that’s it.
‘Number 2, everyone just has money. Of course, if you live in London, you must earn a certain amount of money.
“But the way people seemingly have a bottomless fund for restaurants, vacations and activities doesn’t align with the cost of living crisis.”
While Naz was not convinced that the cost of living crisis was affecting Londoners, she did feel that British workers were at a disadvantage in the workplace.
She stated: ‘People love to work for free. I’ve realized that what many freelancers or creatives do is simply accept unpaid credit opportunities.
“It seems that many businessmen take advantage of the young and ambitious.”
Another complaint the content creator shared with her 22,000 followers was the prevalence of tap water.
‘They love tap water! Every time you go to eat, you will have room temperature water that has been sitting all day.
Naz has documented much of her move online and also shared some of her grievances with Britain, but insists she loves London despite some of the differences.
“That’s great because it’s free, but in the United States it’s not so normal to drink just tap water.” Many people buy bottled water.
“I think I’ve just gotten used to it and I’m afraid of what’s hiding in the pipes here in London.”
Naz also commented on the British and their love of alcohol.
He joked: “We all know Brits love to drink, especially after work, but it wasn’t until I was in central London on a weekday after five in the afternoon that I saw all the corporate clones en masse in the pubs.
‘YO “Personally I find it a little scary.”
His final observation involved commuting and his struggle to keep up with London’s notoriously fast walkers.
‘They want slow walkers to die! As a professional slow walker I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been stepped on, pushed or shoved.”
However, the beauty worker insisted: “Regardless of all these things, I love living in London.”
TikTokers took to Naz’s comments section to defend some of the quirks we have in Britain, with some claiming that bottled water was useless in the UK.
But not everyone who watched the video was convinced that the points listed merited scrutiny.
One TikTok user admitted: ‘The money thing is fake. Believe me, I live in East London and I have £11.35 in my account.”
Another joked: ‘Cost of living crisis, sis.’ “We don’t have the money to fight for a bill.” Another user also chimed in: “You’re probably dating well-to-do people.”
And one took issue with what they felt was his opinion on weekday booze: ‘People in pubs after work are literally just socializing and catching up over a pint. It is not a big thing’.
But the TikToker responded: “It definitely takes you by surprise if you’ve never seen it before.”
Others felt that “it’s wasteful and not to mention unnecessary to buy bottled water” with one user admitting: “I’m a Londoner and the slow walker thing is a hill I’ll die on.”