Sunday, 1 November 2015

Birmingham #HiddenGems

Living in Birmingham the UK's second biggest city definitely has its perks for a city girl like me, so when Travelodge got in touch in regards to their latest campaign, discovering Birmingham's hidden gems I couldn't wait to share with you what Birmingham has to offer looking past its marmite accent and the Bullring. 

Starting with the Custard Factory, situated just a short walk away from the city centre it's full of colourful and quirky offices, restaurants, pubs and shops. As a media student we actually held numerous events down at the Custard Factory just because it screams creativity and definitely worth a visit to take it all in. There are a lot of independent stores around there and events pretty much every week there is always something on offer. Even if you don't fancy a shop I definitely recommend taking a walk down there and sitting by the fountain and take in the colourful culture that the Custard Factory has to offer. 

If you're looking for an evening with a difference then I would completely recommend Jekyll and Hyde, not only do they do great food but the drinks are beyond amazing. When else could you drink out of jars and mini bathtubs? Think the mad hatters tea party x100 and that's the experience you get when visiting Jekyll and Hyde. For me it's one of those places that you are always guaranteed an amazing time!

A special hidden gem is the Electric Cinema, the UK's oldest working cinema and is a cinematic experience like no other. Who needs the excitement of 3D or HD screens when you can have comfortable sofas, great food and drink, table service and an amazing atmosphere. I like that they show a mix of films also, from new releases to indie films to live streaming. I'd definitely recommend the Electric Cinema as it just provides that sense of nostalgia and uniqueness that you'd never get from a chained cinema. 

Last but not least is the Jewellery Quarter, while it's a short walk from the city centre I find that the Jewellery Quarter is a hidden gem worth exploring. Whilst being renown for its jewellery stores it is also full to the brim with history, and often many events are held in the square. There are art galleries and museums which are also worth a look, and to top it off the pubs and restaurants are amazing especially the Red Lion.

If you want to explore what Birmingham has to offer without breaking the bank then the Travelodge is a great option. With several prime locations there are plenty of Travelodge's to choose from depending on where you want to go exploring. The cheap rates mean that you can have an affordable break enjoying what the UK's second biggest city has to offer!

Have you ever been to Birmingham? I'd love to know your favourite places to visit. 
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