As the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham offers a diverse fusion of cultures, perfectly reflected in its cuisine, shops and nightlife.
Shopping fans will love the outstanding retail offerings for which Birmingham is known, including the famous Bullring, Selfridges and Grand Central shopping centres where you can find big name brands such as H&M and John Lewis.
There is a huge choice when it comes to nightlife. The city centre has an abundance of restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from, as well as several comedy clubs, theatres and cinemas. Plus, no visit to Birmingham would be complete without sampling the delights of the ‘Balti Triangle’ – the birthplace of the UK’s beloved Balti. Additional retail, leisure and entertainment facilities can be found close to home at The Fort Shopping Park and Star City, both around two miles away from The Birches.
At The Fort you will find stores such as Next and New Look, as well as several eateries and a large soft play centre – perfect for the little ones! At Star City there are even more restaurants and bars, a cinema, bowling alley, ice skating rink, mini golf and an indoor children’s play area, all under one roof!
On the outskirts of Birmingham, just three miles from Royal Sutton Coldfield and the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, lies Erdington, a wonderfully-connected location dating back to Anglo Saxon times. With a distinctive retail centre and Grade II-listed Edwardian redbrick library, it maintains a real sense of identity while providing easy access to all the Second City has to offer.
For retail fans, Birmingham’s Bullring and Grand Central are home to Selfridges and John Lewis, along with a host of flagship high street stores, while The Mailbox offers a range of designer and high-end goods in its boutiques and Harvey Nicholls store. The city’s foodie scene has come on a pace over recent years, offering everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to artisan cafes and high street chains. Nearly every kind of world cuisine is catered for including, of course, the famous ‘balti’ curry, developed in the city.
Arts fans can make the most of world-class music, theatre and dance performances - including the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet - while the nearby Star City development offers family fun in the guise of ice-skating, bowling, mini golf and a 25-screen cinema.
Two professional football clubs, a Test cricket ground, international athletics stadium and Olympic-sized swimming pool mean there is plenty to keep sports fans entertained and, with the Commonwealth Games due to arrive in the city in 2022, there’s sure to be more to come.
The Birches is set to become a welcome addition to the local community, offering much-needed 3 and 4-bedroom houses, perfect for commuters. With a choice of good State, Grammar and Independent schools, it is an increasingly popular location for growing families while its easy access to an enviable range of employment and leisure opportunities make it an attractive option for young professionals too.