I’m sorry to say to you lot that the answer to that question is no. The average person; we don’t have afternoon tea and if I am even more honest lots of people have never had afternoon tea. The Queen has afternoon tea every day I am led to believe, but who knows what goes on behind those palace walls! I am also going to admit I only lost my afternoon tea virginity a few weeks ago. (I bet you’d never have thought that sentence would ever have been said by a twenty-year-old!) It came as a shock to my very close friend Kat Flynn who was determined to take me and blurted out to everyone who served us that it was my first time. It was like being embarrassed by a mother! On another note afternoon tea is great, I urge everyone to go and have it. Are there any places in the US that serve it? Oooo maybe I should move there and open a place….
So since I am on the tropic of revealing I may as well straighten out some other myths that American’s seem to believe are true. Firstly, being our accent. Not all Britons sound prim and proper, just the same as a Californian does not sound anything like a New Yorker. It’s the same here even though we are a very small country.
We are not all obsessed with the Royal Family, in fact I think the Americans are more obsessed by the Royal Family than us. I remember July 2015 being in Walmart and being approached by a woman asking me how’s the baby. Being utterly confused I didn’t have a clue she meant Princess Charlotte!
Yes, there is such a thing as a ‘Cheeky Nando’s’ it has nothing to do with the food it is just a slang term used by teenagers to say let’s go and eat naughty food and break the diet. It is not a cheeky chicken. But for those of you who really want to try a Nando’s there is one in Washington DC. I recommend it, it’s the same as the ones in Britain.
British trains do not look like the ones in Harry Potter films. Although they used to a very, very long time ago. I wish they still did look like that. Just go to Orlando’s Universal Studios if you really want to experience the Harry Potter trains, then you won’t be disappointed.
There are not as many castles in the UK as you may think. There is a fair few but I know my American friends were disappointed when they came over here in December and for those of you who are not in the 21st Century we do not wear traditional Victorian dresses and our Queen does not chop people’s heads off. I had ten children at Summer Camp say they hated the Queen because of how mean and cruel she was due to chopping heads. They were 8-14 year olds.
I would love to know what your thoughts are on the UK and us Brits, and if there are any afternoon tea places in the US.
MEGAN ROBSON is an British Actress living in the North East of Britain.