I'm a west-coast American living in London. I've mostly known homes with electric baseboard and central forced air heating, and a single hot water tank for showers and taps. In the UK hot water fed radiators seem the most common home heating solution, and I'm really not too familiar with how these systems are configured.
I was looking at a small row house recently that had a boiler in the kitchen and a water tank in a separate room (next to a bathroom). The boiler was gas powered, while the water tank was electric. I was offered a brief explanation of how the two systems inter-opted, but it didn't really make sense to me. There definitely was some kind of communication/connection between the two - they weren't two completely independent systems.
My question is, is this a common set up, even for a smaller (relative to US standards) place? And what would be the advantage to doing this over using just one system over the other?