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    18 Things About Berlin That Should Make Londoners Jealous

    You'd probably be happier if you lived there.

    1. In Berlin, accommodation is insanely cheap.

    2. This means creative people are able to live in the city centre, making it a diverse and dynamic place.

    3. Most people don't own their apartments, they're happy renting.

    4. In fact, everything is cheaper.

    According to cost of living site Numbeo: "You would need around £2,350 in Berlin to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with £4,500 in London (assuming you rent in both cities)."

    5. Unlike the tube, the U-bahn is pleasant to use, cheap, and not horribly over-crowded.

    6. But you don't even need to take public transport, because Berlin is an extremely bike-friendly city.

    7. It also boasts a surprising amount of green space. Berlin is home to no fewer than 2500 parks.

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    Yes, London has many parks. But not as many as Berlin.

    8. And actual beaches.

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    In London on a hot day your options are: park or beer garden. In Berlin you can jump in the car and be at Wannsee in half an hour. Or there's Müggelsee, or Tegeler See, or... take your pick. There are 80 lakes in Berlin. And plenty of places to sunbathe naked, if that's your thing.

    9. A crazy, insanely large water park.

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    OK, it's a 45 minute drive outside Berlin, but Tropical Islands holds a special, albeit kitsch, place in Berliners' hearts. The sprawling complex is kept at a permanent 64% humidity, and you can stay the night if you want.

    10. A swimming pool in the middle of the river.

    11. Incredible underground bars.

    Such as the Tausend, hidden under a railway bridge in Friedrichstrasse: press the buzzer and you might be let in. Or The Bar Marques, hidden beneath a Spanish tapas restaurant in Gräfestrasse. Or the '20s-style Principal Kreuzberg. Read more about Berlin's secret bars here.

    12. A "help yourself" wine bar.

    The concept behind the Weinerei is simple and beautiful: buy an empty glass at the start of the evening, refill it as many times as you like, and decide how much you want to pay at the end.

    13. Club Mate, the greatest energy drink you've never heard of.

    14. A relaxed attitude to the rules.

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    Smoking in bars has been effectively banned since 2008 but people do it anyway because Berlin. Similarly, you can buy alcohol 24/7 thanks to the ubiquitous Späti: corner stores that are able to circumnavigate licensing laws thanks to a legal loophole. London is dismally uptight by comparison.

    15. The best clubs in the world.

    16. Incredible street art, everywhere.

    17. Superior drunk food.

    Berlin is the Döner capital of the world, but they do it differently there: the best places are known for their distinctive speciality fare. Every Berliner has a favourite kebab restaurant. No Londoner has a favourite branch of Chicken Cottage.

    18. And an all-round better quality of life.

    So, Londoners, if you ever get sick of reading headlines like this.

    And depressing graphs like this. / National Housing Federation

    Maybe think about moving to Berlin?