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Nicci Talbot Communications / Cité

London Cabbies Inspire Berlin Estate Agency to Do Their Own Knowledge

02 September 2017 14:00


London Cabbies Inspire Berlin Estate Agency to Do Their Own Knowledge
Tags: Berlin, Black Label Properties, The Knowledge, London cabbies, taxi drivers, travel, Electric Bikes, Travel guide, city guide


Berlin international estate agency, Black Label Properties,, has taken inspiration from London Black Cab drivers to launch its own version of The Knowledge,

Known as the toughest taxi test in the world, would-be London cabbies have to learn the streets of London by memory and without the help of modern devices such as SatNav’s before they can claim their famous green badge. The Berlin Knowledge sees Black Label’s relocations consultant Clive Gross embark on a similar journey around the city, showing potential clients locations and sites they might otherwise miss.

Clive commented “Growing up in London it was a common sight to see people buzzing around the city on small motorbikes - I seem to remember Honda 50’s being the bike of choice - with maps on the front handle bars learning the routes they needed to pass The Knowledge. Even with all the GPS technology we have today, there is still nothing like learning what a place is like by exploring the streets, so I thought doing a Berlin version could help people thinking about moving to Berlin get a real feel for the city.”

The Berlin Knowledge project is a mixture of off-the-cuff videos shot on a small digital camera or smartphone from a whole variety of locations across the city. The first batch of some 30 clips that launch the project include trips to some of Berlin’s many green spaces, hidden museums and even a famous modernist housing development. The Berlin Knowledge website, and YouTube channel,, are backed up with a Facebook page that also features albums of images from these and other locations visited.

Having considered buying one of the famous old East German Simson Schwalbe motor bikes for his road trip, Clive eventually settled on a fully electric Kumpan 1954 scooter – called Wilhelm – as his companion for the project. Clive added:

“While it was tempting to go retro, choosing an electric bike for my travels felt more like it reflects the green values of Berlin. I went to quite a few different bike dealers and followed up a variety of private bike sales, but as soon as I tried an electric bike I knew that was the one. It took me a week to get the feel of it and work out how far I can go between battery charges, but now I love it.” The manufacturers of the famous London Black Taxi have themselves just announced they are launching an electric version of the iconic vehicle this November.

Established in 2011, Black Label Properties have made a name not just for providing a professional sales service, but also for offering their clients a full package of advice and support in finding the right property, accessing mortgage finance and helping people set themselves, their families or their business up in Berlin. Director Achim Amann added:

“We are always looking for ways to be innovative and show people just why we think Berlin is such a great place to live, work or invest. Our international team now includes members from the UK, US, Australia and China and they have all come to the city because of the lifestyle and opportunities it offers. This project is just another way to show people who may be thinking about coming here what they will get when they do.”

The Berlin Knowledge is also designed to be a living project, with new clips and images added regularly that reflect new developments and changes around the city alongside visits to more established parts of the city’s heritage and culture. The series will also in the future include interviews with other people who live or work in Berlin and have particular knowledge about different aspects of the city. Clive concluded:

“Even though I have been coming to Berlin regularly since 1994, it is constantly changing – which is one of the things I like most about it. Some of the places I am visiting as part of this project I know, but even in the first batch of clips, there were places I had never been to before – like Alt Stralau and the famous Horseshoe Housing Estate in Britz – despite the fact they are close to other ones I know well. This may well be a project that never ends!”

You can start doing The Berlin Knowledge at and follow the links to YouTube and Facebook. For more details about the full-service package offered by Black Label Properties, visit:

For further information please contact Clive Gross on 0044 7867 525541 or email






1/ Transport for London: Learn the Knowledge of London -

2/ Channel 4 - The Knowledge: The World's Toughest Taxi Test -

3/ Kumpan Elektro Rollers:

4/ The Guardian: Black cab turns green as all-new electric London taxi launches -

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About Nicci Talbot Communications / Cité

Nicci Talbot is a freelance journalist, author, copywriter and PR specialising in property and travel. International PR at Black Label Properties Berlin. Social Media Manager at NUJ LFB and Nexus Communications.

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Cité zine was launched in 2017 a by British travel journalist with itchy feet and a desire for a better quality of life. The aim is to compare and contrast life in the UK with other cities around the world to find out where the best places to be a woman are regarding education, culture, health, childcare, work, and longevity. The name Cité is old French for city and ‘union of citizens, a citizenry,’ which is all the more relevant post Brexit.

“I love to travel and have Lithuanian roots on my mother’s side, which I’m starting to explore. My first trip abroad was a school exchange to France with my aunt who taught French at Hull University. I stayed with a family in Angers who had a daughter around the same age, which gave me a taste of school life and French food (my first time eating horse meat!). In my 20s I went backpacking around Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the US working in all kinds of places via WWOOF UK, which gives you free board in return for labour on the land. It’s a great way to travel on a budget and gives you an insight into the psychology of people and places: why they live where they do and how our environment inspires and motivates us. I worked in a rebirthing centre on the Gold Coast (lots of deep breathing, no gluten for 2 weeks); a biodynamic farm near Perth (didn’t work out as I wore deodorant and drank milky coffee); yoga ashram in Brisbane (accused of stealing money, left), and did some divorce decluttering at a house in Byron Bay.

Since the Brexit vote, I have been in despair at the thought of being cut off from the rest of Europe and my daughter being denied the same opportunities to travel and work abroad. I was inspired to start this blog to document my adventures and all the interesting people I’m meeting through my work as a journalist via the NUJ LFB and Black Label Properties Berlin. In a year’s time, my daughter will be going on exchange to an international school in China to start her secondary education, so it’s a new chapter for both of us, not without wobbles, but I hope full of opportunity and new adventure. It will be interesting to compare the school systems and see what she gets out of it. She has travelled to Europe, Italy, Japan and the US as an unaccompanied minor, so I spend a fair bit of my time doing the airport run.

Where do you find that elusive mix of sunshine, affordable property, culture, lifestyle and well-paid work? Is it best to split your time with a city base and some fun in the sun? What’s the best way to learn a new language? How do you go about setting up a business abroad or working as a freelancer? This blog aims to shed light on different cities and lifestyles around the world, the issues happening there, and how to relocate successfully be it full or part-time. If you’ve ever wondered what life in another country can be like, this blog is for you. I hope you find it useful and inspiring.” – Nicci Talbot, editor.

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