You’ve probably heard by now that Birmingham is the UK’s second city and home to Europe’s largest German Christmas Market outside of Germany itself, but what else makes Birmingham really great?
Iconic brands such as Cadbury Chocolate factory, Bournville Drinking Chocolate, HP Sauce and Typhoo Tea all started in Birmingham. We also have the largest public library in Europe!
Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe with almost 40 per cent of the population being made up of under 25’s. Pryzm club and The Alchemist bar are among some of the most famous bars and clubs as well as Snobs and Be at One.
The Bull Ring is a major shopping centre in central Birmingham. Combined with Grand Central, it is the United Kingdom’s largest city centre based shopping centre and has been an important feature of Birmingham since the middle Ages, when its market was first held.
The Mailbox Birmingham is an upmarket shopping and office development in the city centre of Birmingham. Above the front shops it has an additional 6 floors which includes a Malmaison hotel and residential apartments.
The Worcester and Birmingham Canal passes along the back with a number of restaurants overlooking. A great place to either shop or sit back and have some great food and drinks
Eating out is one of the most popular things to do and with Birmingham; it’s the birthplace of the Balti and home to over 100 Balti houses including the multi award winning Asha’s restaurant. It also has the most Michelin star restaurants in the UK outside of London. There’s also an array of iconic British, Italian, Thai and Italian restaurants.
For all the football fans who are in touch with history – The FA cup was made in Birmingham, and the first football league in the world started here. West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Aston Villa football clubs are all based here.
When it comes to music, the biggest and most famous names in the music industry such as The Streets, UB40, Wizzard, Laura Mvula and Duran Duran all originate from Birmingham.
Birmingham’s eclectic mix of music venues host a year round calendar of live music events, festivals and concerts. Jazz, folk, pop, classical music and more. “The Jam House” is known for big-name jazz, blues and rock acts in intimate 3-storey Georgian building with top-floor restaurant. The ICC, Birmingham Arena and the well-known National Exhibition Centre regularly host some of the most famous music concerts in the UK.
Brindleyplace is a large mixed-use canalside development, in the Westside district of Birmingham, England. It was named after Brindley Place, the name of the street around which it is built. It boasts an array of bars and restaurants in an iconic setting.
E-Commerce and Business
With an economy worth £28.1bn, Birmingham has a growth rate of 27.7% in the last five years and has the largest economy of any city outside London. Big employers such as PwC, KPMG, HSBC and National Express are based here.
Digbeth is one of the most distinctive parts of the city and is less than ten minute walk from Bullring & Grand Central. Recently named the Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain by the Sunday Times, hailing the Custard Factory’s cafes, independent shops, cinemas and arts venues, whilst celebrating ‘the best bar snacks in the postcode’ from The Old Crown and the district’s weekly food and drink festival, called Digbeth Dining Club.
Fun Facts about Birmingham
The Jewellery Quarter area in Birmingham produces 40 per cent of all jewellery in the UK – the highest concentration in Europe.
Birmingham has more canals than Venice!
18,590 new businesses were created in Birmingham during 2018 – more than any other city outside the capital.
The New York Times once placed Birmingham in their top 20 places to visit.
Birmingham attracts over 41 million visitors a year, with just over 1 million of these being international visitors. 90% of the UK is within 4 hours of Birmingham.