An Independent Guide to Birmingham
Fresh blooms and the ultimate design hotspot, here are our top picks when it comes to independent boutiques in Birmingham…
Minima. are experts at curating form and function. Discover design classics from HAY’s rice paper lamp to Alessi’s plissé range at this showroom shop in central Birmingham, just a stone’s throw from St Paul's Square.
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ISHERWOOD & CO
First and foremost a Florist and Houseplant Store, this boutique is worth a quick detour out to South Birmingham. Alongside their expert knowledge of plants, the owners curate a range of bohemian style homewares from the likes of Madam Stoltz, alongside giftware, stationery and locally made, artisan pieces.
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Looking for a place to spend the night in Birmingham? We picked three stays that will set you up for a great weekend getaway.
Simplicity at its best, Bloc Hotels are designed for a good night’s sleep. Located conveniently in Birmingham's vibrant Jewellery Quarter, this is the perfect base to explore the city from.
THE HIGH FIELD TOWN HOUSE
Set in a converted Victorian villa in leafy Edgbaston village, each room at The High Field Town House is decorated with hand-picked antiques and the cosiest beds you could imagine. Although it’s located just five minutes from the city centre, it feels tranquil and relaxing.
SAINT PAULS HOUSE
This restaurant, bar and boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Birmingham, minutes away from the business district, creative quarter and the best shopping spots.
Home to everything from Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurants to cosy cafés and gastro pubs, Birmingham’s food scene is worth exploring…
CARTERS OF MOSELY
Based around an admiration of the ingredients used, Carters of Moseley is a Michelin-starred restaurant that celebrates foraging, ancient preservation techniques and whole animal butchery. Expect daily evolving seasonal menus and a standout natural wine list.
JU JU'S CAFÉ
Looking for something with a great atmosphere? This canalside restaurant prides itself on honest food made with love, perfect for a Sunday brunch or lunch in between exploring the city.
In a beautiful setting, discover delicious plates made from the finest seasonal ingredients: think Devon white chicken paired with artichoke and anchovy puree or plant-based options such as heritage beetroot with sorrel, wasabi and nasturtium oil.
Whether you’re up for a pub afternoon or trying new cocktails on a night out on the town, these are the places to enjoy a delicious drink in Birmingham.
Bar Ikigai is an independent bar focusing on seasonal Japanese ingredients, with drinks inspired by iconic landmarks. Complete with a fitting minimalist design and relaxed atmosphere, this is a spot not to be missed.
LOKI WINE BAR
Looking to expand your horizon when it comes to wine? At Loki Wine bar, you can choose from 42 wines by the glass curated by the owner’s deep love of good wine. Take your favourite away from the in-house shop.
THE CANAL HOUSE
For something more relaxed, head to The Canal House to enjoy some great pub food and refreshing brews. On a summer’s day, their terrace is the ultimate hangout to people-watch right by the canal.
Ready for a dose of culture? Explore Birmigham’s galleries, green spots and theatres next…
Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue, exhibiting works by alternative artists and hosting exciting cultural events or classes. The best part? Entry to the exhibitions is completely free!
CASTLE BROMWICH HISTORIC GARDENS
Get your dose of tranquillity at these 10 acres of peaceful historic gardens at one of the only unchanged early 18th century formal Gardens in the UK.
THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Got a free evening? Book a show at The Alexandra, which was first built in 1901 and has become home to first class entertainment in town - from renowned musicals to stand-up comedy shows and everything in between.