Area Guide; Birmingham

Area Guide; Birmingham

2nd June 2021

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A brief Introduction to Birmingham

Birmingham, in the West Midlands, is the most populous British city outside of London. As an internationally recognised business hub with strong economy and easy transport links to major destinations around the UK, Birmingham is the ideal city in which to do business.

Not only this, but Birmingham City Centre is a buzzing area with big-name stores in the Bullring and Grand Central shopping centre, plus sleek bars and plentiful restaurants – both chain and independent!

Birmingham Transport Links

Getting around Birmingham and the region is easy thanks to the fantastic network of public transport, including buses, trams and trains. 

Birmingham New Street is the largest and busiest of the three main railway stations in Birmingham City Centre. Taking you across the UK with regular services to London, Manchester, Liverpool, the North West and Scotland. Just six minutes’ walk from New Street Station, Moor Street Station serves local lines but also has direct services to London.

Birmingham Airport is also a global travel hub and only 10 minutes from the city centre! With great transport links, it’s the perfect gateway to the Birmingham regions and beyond.

Where to eat

Restaurants in Birmingham serve cuisines from all around the world! There’s Michelin stared restaurants, modern independents, street dining and the famous Balti Triangle.

Zen Metro -

Zen Metro is a multi-award-winning Thai restaurant in Birmingham, serving the finest authentic and contemporary Thai food. Alongside this, it is also renowned for being one of the best cocktail bars in Birmingham. It’s perfect for every occasion and with the delicious food on offer, you’ll understand why they are award-winning!

Adam's Restaurant -

Adam’s is a Michelin star restaurant serving modern British dishes in a chic, contemporary dining room. Their dishes have a specific focus on seasonal fresh produce and the menus often change on a daily basis, promising guests that they will receive a unique experience with each visit.

Franco Manca -

For a more casual dining experience, Franco Manco, situated on the ground floor of our offices at Airivo Birmingham, Bennetts Hill, is a great go-to lunch or dinner spot. Beautiful interior design makes it all the more welcoming, while the original sourdough pizzas are made fresh to order leaving you wanting more with every bite. At a cost-effective price and the range of pizzas on offer, would make it almost irresistible to turn down.

Dishoom -

Located in Chamberlain Square, Dishoom serves a lovingly curated menu of Bombay comfort food and first-class drinks 7 days a week. Through the story, interior design and artwork of this restaurant it pays homage to Indian heritage. 

Fazenda -

Fazenda on Colmore Row also keep heritage at the heart of everything they do. Bringing you exquisite flavours and traditions of their South American roots. Enjoy the finest grilled meats, using your double-sided card to control the flow of meats at your own pace. Accompanied by a sumptuous selection of Brazilian and Argentinian side dishes.

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Canal House -

For a more casual affair, Canal House is a vibrant country-style tavern in the heart of Birmingham offering elevated British food, amazing cocktails, live music and canal views. Home comforts and world-famous drinks, all engineered with precision.

40 St Paul's -

This multi-award-winning cocktail bar in Birmingham has over 100 different gins in a relaxed, intimate and exclusive environment, perfect for many occasions. But booking is highly recommended, as clearly everyone wants a taste of what the winner of 2019's ‘World’s Best Gin Bar’ has on offer!

What to do and see

Birmingham has some world-class museums and galleries to explore as well as interesting culture and heritage to discover.

Arts and Culture –

Birmingham is home to some of the greatest creators and inventors. The vibrant art galleries showcase the finest local talent and stepping through the doors of any museum will greet you with local history to soak in. Museums such as Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery has over 40 galleries to explore, displaying the finest art, social history and archaeology. 

Castle Fine Art gallery in Birmingham’s most luxurious shopping centres, the Mailbox, is the perfect setting for a contemporary art gallery. It offers contemporary art from some of the country’s leading artists, hosting exhibitions and artist appearances throughout the year.

For more of a family day out, Birmingham’s science museum, Think Tank, offers an enlightening and fun packed day out for the family to enjoy. Or why not experience unforgettable theatrical performances, art and culture at Birmingham's Hippodrome.

Jewellery Quarter –

Home to over 700 jewellers and independent retailers, a thriving food and drink scene and an area steeped in incredible history, the Jewellery Quarter is one of the UK’s most unique destinations.

Shopping –

With the Bullring and Grand Central shopping centre at your doorstep, you won't be lost for options when partaking in some retail therapy! The Bullring has over 200 shops as well as over 28 places to dine in. If you love shopping, you'll love exploring Birmingham's shops.

Digbeth Dining Club –

This weekly food event has transformed the city’s food landscape by turning some of the Midland’s most unique venues, into vibrant, street food destinations. Whether it’s Michelin-star chefs, former Masterchef finalists or simply just enthusiasts with a passion for food, quality will always be at the forefront, but also at an affordable price!