Where Berlin feels British
If Brexit has you making escape plans but you fear the culture shock, then Berlin is the perfect place for you. If, like a lot of Brits, you’re stubbornly monolingual, never fear; as well as a thriving expat and Anglosphere community, around 80% of Germans speak English, rising to 95% of the under-30s. Or maybe you’re just going to miss the comforts of a good cuppa and decent chippie? Again, Berlin has you covered. Here are some of our favourite places in the city that show Berlin is really a home away from home.
Broken English in Kreuzberg with yummy original British orange marmelade.
And yes- proper fish and chips are available in Berlin, courtesy of Der Fischladen in Prenzlauer Berg…though a rainy day by the seaside can’t be guaranteed!
The whisky pub Union Jack is located in the city center of Berlin and offers 401 different types of whisky. In addition, it offers English, Irish, and German draught beers, as well as cider, small home-made meals, and Walkers crisps.
Smells like home? If your nose is sensitive to new scents, The English Scent will annoint you with a proper British smelly smell.
Visit the Tiergarten teahouse for a nice cup of Earl Grey. Commissioned by the British General Bourne, and armed with a donation of 5000 trees, the southwest section of Tiergarten was restructured into a quaint English Garden. This same garden still stands today and within it; teahouse!
Don’t feel like the Berlin uniform of black on black means you have to change too! Berlin offers all major UK labels where you can get your hands on anything from classic Fred Perry polos to a nice Burberry rain coat. KaDeWe is your number one choice for dressing up.
At Gardens of the World (Gärten der Welt) tenth themed garden, the English Garden, was opened in 2017 during the International Garten Exhibition Berlin (Internationale Gartenausstellung Berlin - IGA) in Berlin-Marzahn. Around a cottage-styled teahouse it shows different typical british garden areas: a flower garden, a vegetable garden and a sheep meadow with apple trees.
Here’s a map stating even more Brit locations. Still on the fence about it? With help at hand to guide you gently through the transition, every step of the way, there’s really no excuse! So come on, get your skates on!
And, by the way: London and Berlin are "two of a kind". ;-)