Birmingham is one of the UK’s busiest cities, and with prices going up and up in London, it’s proving popular amongst those people who want a city lifestyle without the price tag.
So, what are the main perks of living in Birmingham?
Art and Culture
Birmingham boasts an impressive contemporary music scene. It’s home to the CBSO (one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras), and it’s also host to no less than three national ballet companies.
The city’s culture isn’t limited to music, either: there are a number of beautiful theatres, a museum and art gallery containing a number of significant works, and each year the City of Colours festival brings some stunning street art to the area.
Foodie? You’ll find a lot to cleanse your palate in Birmingham.
For curry lovers, there’s the famous Balti triangle. Fine-dining fans, meanwhile, can stuff themselves at one of the city’s four Michelin-star restaurants. (More than in any other city apart from London.)
Fancy a bit of fast food? Check out the Digbeth Dining Club’s array of dishes, which add a touch of class to the classics.
We can’t start a section on shopping without mentioning the Bullring, which is one of the most popular centres in the UK, receiving a whopping 38 million visitors a year.
With over 160 shops and a substantial food quarter, even the most enthusiastic shoppers won’t run out of things to do.
Lovers of independent retail, meanwhile, can head to the Great Western Arcade and the Custard Factory, both of which house some of the city’s best indie shops.
Birmingham is a great city for a night out and has become a frequent destination for both stag and hen nights.
The buzzing city centre houses every kind of club and pub, with The Mailbox and Brindleyplace providing a great mix. Gatecrasher, Snobs and the Jam House are all excellent clubs.
What’s more, Birmingham centre is surprisingly compact, so it’s hard to lose your friends.
Birmingham is a very student-friendly city: there are five universities within easy reach, and the city has a great graduation retention rate.
In terms of age groups, the city is one of the youngest in Europe, with figures at one point showing that nearly 40 per cent of Birmingham’s inhabits were under twenty-five!
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