Twenty-four hours in Berlin
Travel with member and Berlin Photo Week cofounder Gen Sadakane as he bikes over the street art-filled Jannowitz Bridge, takes in the Conny Maier exhibition at König Gallery and sips champagne in Volkspark Friedrichshain
Gen Sadakane stayed in room 64 at Soho House Berlin
'König Gallery in Kreuzberg is one of my favourite buildings in the city. It used to be a church and has these amazing high ceilings'
12pm: check inWe check in at midday and take some pictures of our room. I’d actually never stayed at Soho House Berlin before – I mostly use it to meet friends and have meetings. The design here is timeless, and our room has a special flair and ambiance. I can’t wait to take a bath in the huge tub.
2pm: cycling around the cityWe rent some bikes from the House for the afternoon; there is so much to see at street level, it really is the best way to take in the city. We head over to Kreuzberg and check out the graffiti on the Jannowitz Bridge along the way, and see the ‘Unter der Hand’ photorealist mural by CASE Maclaim.
3pm: König GalleryGallery time. König Gallery in Kreuzberg is one of my favourite buildings in the city. It used to be a church and has these amazing high ceilings. It always has great exhibitions, too. Today, we see a show by Elmgreen & Dragset, as well as works by Conny Maier.
5pm: back to the HouseBiking back, we pass the Katerholzig that's close to the river, and enjoy a few beers.
6pm: happy hour on the RoofAfter arriving back at the House, we head up to the rooftop to enjoy the sun, while we snack on some starters and miso pimientos — super yummy.
Overlooking Volkspark Friedrichshain
Our bedroom at Soho House Berlin
8pm: dinnerFor dinner, we go down to the seventh floor and eat while discussing our next projects.
9pm: evening strollFollowing dinner, we take a short walk to the St. Marien und St. Nikolai-Friedhof cemetery. It’s close to the House, and it’s a great place to go when you need a silent, peaceful space.
10pm: switching offTo wind down from the day, I finally take a bath. It's as relaxing as I hoped it would be. Afterwards, I hop into bed and watch Netflix before drifting off to sleep.
Above: heading over the water on our afternoon ride.
Below: sunset on the rooftop; a snapshot from our room; my favourite piece from the Conny Maier exhibition at König Gallery.
8am: morning runI start the day with an early run through the neighbourhood, admiring the local architecture, street art and the Märchenbrunnen fountain along the way. I also discover another graveyard, the Kirchhof I. Evangelical Georgen Parochialgemeinde, which is filled with beautiful marble structures.
9am: breakfastI enjoy a nice shower and order room service for breakfast, with avocado toast and eggs, accompanied by some fresh juice.
11am: rooftop meetingsWe head up to the Roof again to get some sun while chatting with friends about business.
2pm: picnic lunchIn the afternoon, we pick up a picnic lunch, kindly made for us by the House, and head to Volkspark Friedrichshain on our bikes. After finding a nice spot in the sun, we sit down in the grass to enjoy fruit, salads, meatballs and champagne.
It’s time to head home. We had a great time, and are sad to leave our relaxing staycation bubble.