Birmingham is one of those places I’ve never been to but have been meaning to for ages! I mean, there’s cool places that exist outside of London! I decided to hop on a train and visit my pal, Gem, and we spent some time exploring Birmingham! Now I’m sharing a few of the spots we visited so you can plan your trip!
I still sometimes find it fascinating how easy it is to get to other parts of the country from London. That’s definitely reason enough to go! Lucky for me, the weather held out, so we had a lovely day of exploring and eating treats. What more could you want? I can tick Birmingham off my list, but honestly, I’m ready to go back!
Our first stop was to get me a bit of caffeine! I did get up early to catch my train after all! We headed to Medicine which is one of Gem’s favorite spots. They had some cute and very tasty looking cakes on display, as well as some bread that smelled amazing! The pièce de résistance was their gorgeous looking cronuts! We sat there for over an hour, just having a good chat and catching up over a delightful breakfast!
It also doubles as an art gallery so every time you go back it might look a bit different! Such a cool space to sit for a few hours and just take it all in over a coffee or a cake!
Medicine Bakery, 69a New Street, Birmingham
After finishing breakfast, we went for a little wander, and that brought us to Hedge! It’s a sweet little concept store with some really dreamy homewares, stationery and even flowers! I wanted to snap everything up! You know when you walk into a shop and you can tell a lot of thought and care went into putting everything together? Yeah, I definitely got that vibe!
If I’d had a bigger suitcase, I might have picked up a few things, but it was definitely worth the visit!
Hedge, 13 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham
After walking around for a little while, and taking in all the pretty architecture, we popped into Ikon Gallery for a little culture. It’s a beautiful building, with some beautiful vaulted ceilings, and an elevator that sings to you! That provided us with lots of giggles!
The exhibitions featured some beautiful and interesting work, and from what I can tell, they change things up pretty regularly! After having a look at the galleries, we wandered down to the shop, where they had lots of goodies from independent brands, which I was definitely a fan of!
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
I had a brilliant time just wandering and seeing Birmingham in little bits. Sometimes I feel like I have to fit as much as I can in one go, but seeing it this way means I can come back, and explore different bits next time! We stopped at a few other places, and then headed back to Gem’s for hot chocolate (it got very chilly!) and some down time! I’m so glad I added some time to my trip to explore. Sometimes, a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered!