Long time readers might remember that I have been coming and going to the Midlands over the past 5 years including a stint living in the rather lovely Brindleyplace in Birmingham. Along with my constant moving of house (that’s probably another blog post in itself) I have found myself trying to figure out where in the country we should settle.
Of course, being a nomad at heart means the thought of long-term settling down gives me mild palpitations. But the boyf and I have decided to have semi-settle in Birmingham. (If we say it’s not forever and ever then the palpitations subside).
So why Birmingham?
Well, the short answers is – because it’s awesome!
The long answer goes a bit more like this …
Birmingham is culturally-rich, full of fantastic things to do, loads of foodie establishments, and the best library in Europe (fact).
For years Birmingham has been getting a bad rap. I mainly put this down to the fact that the majority of the country’s only experience with the city is passing by on the M6 over spaghetti junction. And yes, that part of town is somewhat more industrial looking.
But there’s so much more!
Look past some of the 1960’s brutalist architecture (a marmite aesthetic in itself) and some of the misguided road systems in the city centre, and you have the charm of a city that was AT THE CENTRE OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.
Birmingham has more canals than Venice.
Birmingham is full of green spaces! There are parks galore and the gorgeous Edgbaston reservoir.
Birmingham has more Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London than any other British city.
Birmingham is in the centre of the country transport wise. I can get anyway by road, train or air.
Birmingham Airport is a dream. I would choose to fly from there any day over Heathrow (eugh).
Birmingham is full of festivals. There is alway something going on whatever your interests.
The villages that make up Birmingham are really beginning to find their identity and I’m really excited to be part of that.
Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, that is, we have the highest number of young people living here – that’s going to prove very exciting for innovation.
We have the Silicon Canal – our our tech version of the famous Silicon Valley.
And finally…. chocolate. Cadbury World is a 20 minute walk from my house.
Need I say more?
Joking and fun facts aside, for me it was important to live somewhere that was accessible to anywhere in the UK. For my social media training I travel between London, Birmingham, Manchester and even Edinburgh on a regular basis. Being in the centre of the country makes that easy.