This weekend I fell in love with Birmingham just that little bit more. I’ve been visiting Birmingham for about ten years during which time I have worked, shopped and socialised, whether in the city centre or in the suburbs, I have enjoyed all that Britain’s second city has to offer. But this weekend rather than just popping in and out I decided to have a mini staycation. As I knew I was going to be in this fabulous city for two days, I also knew I was spoilt for choice about what to do with my time. I wanted to fit in as much as I could but not so much that I was rushing around without actually enjoying being in the City.
First thing, on Saturday, I met my friends for coffee and a catch-up, which was a great way to start the weekend. I then met my friend Em who is also a local to Birmingham and who I was sharing my mini staycation with. We were staying at the, award winning, Staying Cool Apartments in the rotunda situated right in the centre of the City. As soon as you step into the building you get the sense of the urban cool vibe that runs through the apartments. The staff at the concierge were friendly and check in was quick and efficient. Our apartment was on the 19th floor which gave amazing views of Birmingham and beyond. Through the whole of our stay we couldn’t tear our eyes away from the view. Whether during the day or evening, there was always something new that caught my eye.
The apartments have a really cool 60’s vibe about them which we loved. Even though you are in a round building, you don’t feel like it due to the floor to ceiling glass walls which let in so much light. The apartments really are a home away from home. In the kitchen area there’s all the gadgets you need for an overnight, or short, stay. A spacious living area, with Apple Mac entertainment, leads onto the bedroom which leads onto a spacious bathroom with specially created toiletries. After unpacking and taking in the magnificent views we reluctantly drew ourselves away and headed out into the buzzing city. We had decided to spend the late afternoon exploring the new Birmingham Library and take a wander through the, now, famous German market.
We had decided to go for brunch and I recommended the fabulous Boston Tea Party. We got there quite late in the morning and already the place was buzzing. We made our choices whilst in the queue using the handy clipboards. Em opted for field mushrooms, scrambled egg, tomatoes and toast. I decided to on Kedgeree, something I have wanted to try for a while. I was on my second coffee by the time our food arrived. My Kedgeree was very spicy, but I enjoyed it and I’d definitely have it again.
Birmingham really is a wonderful city with so much to do, one weekend is just not enough.
*Our stay at the Staying Cool Apartments, including our champagne, was complimentary, but all views expressed are my own.