London vs Berlin #GJCITIES15 January 2016
So London has taken on a couple of big cities in England and we felt it was time to branch out a little. So we take you to the efficient destination of Berlin, the capital of Germany.
What is there to do in Berlin?
The most obvious place to start is the iconic Berlin Wall. A visual history lesson of Germany and the capital is often well received by tourists.
There’s a thing about shopping in Berlin. It’s not like shopping at a mall or in a town centre, it’s more like a huddle of strangers gathering at a random location to raid the stalls in the middle of Mauer Park. A totally unique and impressive experience, although the shops are only open on a Sunday.
Berlin isn’t just known for its things to do. While the German capital is not an academic hub on the scale of London, it does have eight universities and more than 100,000 students.
If you thought education wasn’t enough and Berlin needed more then the general feel around the place is one that’s made for tourists but welcomes it in a whole-hearted environment. Almost invites you to say ‘it’s my second home’, homely, plenty to do and generally well-price, Berlin isn’t a bad place to be.
What about London?
London may have a battle on its hands as it takes on one of the most popular cities in the world but the UK capital, as ever, has plenty to offer.
Being a hot spot for tourism all year round, London’s theatreland offers a show for everyone. Why not catch The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre? Or if Disney isn’t your thing, Wicked has been bewitching audiences at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for almost 10 years.
Theatre out of the way, with the weather getting colder the entertainment carries on at one of the most highly rated ice-rinks in Europe, known as The Somerset Ice Rink even though it sits in the middle of Strand.
London’s other attractions include Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and Hyde Park – home to the British Summer Time festival, not to mention the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
The students at London’s 21 universities, including Chelsea College of Arts, King’s College and LSE, help bring London to life after dark and dispel the myth that a night out in the UK capital costs an arm and a leg.
Why not head to Camden, where entry to most bars and clubs costs close to £10? Alternatively, make your way to a host of exclusive venues in Mayfair to spend the night in the lap of luxury. Another glass of Champagne anyone?
When it comes to retail therapy, London cannot be beaten. From outdoor venues such as Southbank Centre Market to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Cardinal Place – a modern venue in Victoria housed under a curvaceous, new-age glass capsule – every taste is catered for.
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