Berlin is one of my favourite places to visit in the world. It’s forward thinking, laid-back and full of interesting like-minded people. If you’re stuck for ideas for a long weekend away then look no further than Berlin, the perfect place to stay for my birthday.
Where to stay
This time I stepped it up a gear and stayed at the incredible Soho House. It’s a members club which has houses across the globe but even if you’re not a member you can stay there as a hotel guest. The weather forecast was predicting storms, however when we turned up it was 23 degrees so we spent the whole first day chilling around the rooftop pool and drinking bloody mary’s. These are an absolute must if you’re visiting any of the Soho House’s, the recipe is the same at every house and they are Z best!
The hotel entrance is uber cool covered in original art by Damien Hirst and the rooms are beautifully put together with art- deco furnishings. There’s no need to travel with your essentials as they provide everything and if you don’t fancy leaving the room then get room service, it’s the best I’ve ever experienced. If you fancy a lazy Sunday bedside brunch then I would highly recommend the avocados and eggs on toast accompanied by a bloody mary of course. If you want to find your Zen then visit the Cowshed Spa, we rolled out of bed and went down for a full body massage, an absolute must if you’ve been out raving all night.
Where to eat
If you’re a fan of sushi then visit Dudu, it’s just down the street from Soho House. The L shaped restaurant has a planted outdoor eating area and has a laid-back feel, it’s hands down the best sushi I’ve ever eaten. Deep fried sushi is definitely a must, even though it’s not that healthy it tastes incredible. We ordered the spinach, prawn sushi rolls and the chicken. We also visited Cecconi’s Italian restaurant in Soho House which is open to the public, the food was beautiful, breaded olives and baked gnocchi to start then the veal milanese to share for main. It sounds like I really know my food but I don’t, my boyfriend is Italian so he’s got the knowledge and I’ve got the appetite!
Where to party
I have been very lucky to experience some of Berlin’s best clubs over the years, Kater Holzig, Kater Blau, Rummelsburg, Renate and of course the famous Berghain. The club that keeps me coming back is Renate. It’s an old squat that has been turned into a club and the people who run the club also live above it. The rules are you can’t take pictures inside the club so you have to cover your camera lens with a sticker. If you want a picture you have to use the photo booths provided, which of course we did! The music was disco and vibe was amazing and we spent most the night chatting to friendly clubbers and dancing our socks off. Another club we tried to get into was Kater Blau, the queue was around 500 deep and when we got to the door the lady told me I couldn’t get in because she ‘had too many chicks with black dresses on in the club already’. The worst excuse I’ve ever heard a guestlist girl say! I didn’t argue as she was feisty AF, so we ended up going home and probably for the best as I wouldn’t have made my flight home the next morning. Some advice when going clubbing in Berlin, dress as casual as possible, don’t go in your pajamas of course, but think jeans, t-shirt and trainers the more casual the better.
There’s something really special about Berlin, it’s somewhere I will always visit time and time again. If you’ve never been then you’re missing out, go and book a flight now!