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Britain in Brussels

Some claim, when Elgar arrived in London, he put the 'Great' back into Britain. On December 2, the Brussels Philharmonic highlights British culture with the music of Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Is this your cup of tea? Let’s take it up a notch, and find out just how ‘Great’ Brussels can be… From traditional pubs to afternoon tea and fish & chips, here are some ideas to take your ‘British’ concert experience to the next level.

For the love of tea!

Comptoir Florian
Located in a beautiful Art Nouveau townhouse, the Comptoir Florian is a great spot to enjoy a good cuppa and homemade cake.
Rue Saint-Boniface 17, 1050 Ixelles

Maison Renardy

Amidst the busy Matonge area, you can find Maison Renardy, the perfect spot for tea and sweet delicacies.
Chaussée de Wavre 111B, 1050 Ixelles

British realms

Musical Instruments Museum
Located next to the Central Station, the striking Art Nouveau building which houses the Musical Instruments Museum was formerly occupied by the Old England department store. It was constructed in 1899 by Paul Saintenoy out of girded steel and glass.
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles

The gardens at Abbaye de la Cambre
These gardens close to Flagey remind of an English garden in many ways, and depending on the time of year you can find English roses.
Abbaye de la Cambre, 1000 Ixelles

For the bookworms among us

A charming English second hand bookstore.
Rue de la Tulipe 25, 1050 Ixelles


For a wide range of the English-speaking book world.
Boulevard Adolphe Max 71-75, 1000 Bruxelles

Have your Fish & Chips at…

Avenue de l’Hippodrome 2, 1050 Ixelles

Bia Mara

Place de Londres 1, 1050 Ixelles

Guinness and more, here’s to the Brits!

Churchill's English Pub
Located in the heart of Brussels, Churchill’s is your go-to place for a quick Guinness.
Rue de l’Ecuyer 29, 1000 Bruxelles

Next to the central station, Brewdog's a big-time English craft beer company. The 'Clockwork Tangerine' IPA is an absolute must!
Putterie 20, 1000 Bruxelles

La Pharmacie Anglaise
Have a cocktail at - you’re reading it correctly - an old pharmacy. La Pharmacie Anglaise has a remarkable interior with elements that reminiscence the Victorian era.
Coudenberg 66, 1000 Bruxelles

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