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Birmingham might not have the cultural cachet of Manchester or Liverpool. And that’s unfair in many ways, not least because Birmingham can be a wonderful place to eat, sleep and soak up some sights before you catch a flight.
That’s right – like many other underrated English cities, this is a location brimming with Brummy things to do and bursting with untapped potential.
What’s more, Birmingham’s relative obscurity has provided it with a local culture that’s a thousand times more vibrant than any larger city in the surrounding area. And since the hottest venues are scarcely known, you won’t struggle to get in.
To prove our point, let us share the perfect one-day stay in Birmingham before you catch a flight from Birmingham Airport. Who knows, you might enjoy it more than your flight.
Where to eat
There are enough appetising restaurants in Birmingham to fill an entire article, but for now let’s stick to recommending Purnell’s, which is home to the mouth-watering cooking of celebrity chef Glynn Purnell.
This Michelin-starred location is the heart of contemporary fine dining in Birmingham, offering a mostly British style of cooking that occasionally fuses French and Far East foods to spectacular effect.
Here’s what Glynn himself has to say about Purnell’s: ‘In my restaurant, I like people to laugh and enjoy the food. I like the presentation to be flamboyant. When you come to a restaurant it should be all about the experience, and presentation is a huge part of that.
‘Food should be colourful, romantic, funny… it should be like a rollercoaster when you’re eating it. This ethos is what defines the plates served at Purnell’s.’
Sounds pretty good to us.
Where to sleep
Trendy hotels are easy to find in Birmingham, and few come with better hipster credentials than the BLOC Hotel on Caroline Street. This budget accommodation might not pack a punch on your bank balance, but you’ll receive an amazing hotel room for a meagre sum.
If you can stretch your budget further, then the Hyatt Regency is the place to be. These luxury rooms offer panoramic views of Birmingham, as well as an indoor pool, a British bar, and a stylish spa.
Where to party
Birmingham is party central on weekends, so get on yer dancing shoes and head to the Tunnel Club for some of the hardest rock music this side of a Sabbath gig. There are plenty more danceable venues in Birmingham, but the Tunnel Club gets our vote for its fascinating location under a railway line.
Getting to the airport
Once your Birmingham frolic is over, it’s time to head to the airport. But how?
If you’re a driver, you could try Birmingham Airport’s private valet parking from Looking4.com, which will ensure you can park directly outside your terminal.
Failing that, we’d recommend you hop on a bus from Birmingham’s city centre. These run regularly every day and tickets can be purchased onboard.
That’s our capsule guide to Birmingham. Know any great places to visit in this exciting city? Then let us know in the comments below!