Living in the city centre of Birmingham means I get to see daily progress of how vibrant and thriving the second city is becoming. It seems as though the new library, which celebrates its second birthday this month has sparked the birth of a myriad of new and exciting venues, visitor attractions, bars and restaurants.
Having moved to Birmingham 7 years ago for university, I was starting to wonder if this city was still the place for me. Yes Birmingham has great history, cultural mix and lets not forget the canals (and yes we all know that we have more canals than Venice!!), but what was Birmingham doing to keep me here? There’s only so many times I can go to the Bullring for shopping and the Mailbox for afternoon tea and cocktails.
Little did I know that Birmingham had a variety of new developments up its sleeve to keep me, the people of Birmingham and all it’s visitors very much entertained for months to come. Since March this year, new bars and, restaurants have been popping up all over the place. Venues such as The Botanist, Cosy Club, Gas Street Social, Aluna, Nosh & Quaff and Marmalade are just a few of the hotspots keeping the regions foodies on their toes. I’m extremely excited to go and see the newly refurbished Mailbox and Harvey Nichols restaurant which has a new menu created by my favourite Michelin Star Chef, Glynn Purnell!
With all the new nightlife spots aside, let’s not forget the current parliament of owls which seamlessly invaded every corner of Birmingham overnight. The Big Hoot has entertained grown-ups and children alike and here in the office we all have our favourites. The owls will soon be flying off to be auctioned to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and I’m sure they will be missed.
If all of that wasn’t enough we have a pretty exciting September ahead with the much anticipated opening of Grand Central. The new shopping centre situated above New Street Station will have 40 new shops including the John Lewis anchor store and 20 new cafes and restaurants, generating over 1,000 jobs. The 5 year project, which opens its doors on the 24th September has caused all manner of curiosity and anticipation and really made business owners ‘up their game’. It will be interesting to see how the businesses in the immediate areas around Grand Central capitalise and thrive on this fantastic new development.
September doesn’t stop there! Whilst checking out the new New Street and Grand Central be sure to take part in Birmingham’s largest free outdoor arts festival, Birmingham Weekender. Starting on 25th September for three days Birmingham City Centre will host a variety of shows from 200 artists and 70 companies. All of this sight seeing and culture is enough to make anyone peckish so be sure to feast on the wide range of food available at the street stalls and not forgetting all of the recently opened bars and restaurants. This weekend is set to be one of the busiest Birmingham has ever seen. So if you are planning a holiday over these dates, cancel it!
It’s clear to see that Birmingham is THE place to be and I was wrong to ever question my choice of city. With all the exciting new things happening not just this year but over the next 10 years including Paradise Circus, Beorma Quarter and the Metro extension I am very happy to say that it would be silly to abandon such an up-and-coming city like Birmingham. I think I’ll be staying put for now.
Happy Super September!