Birmingham may be known as Britain’s second city, but when it comes to fashion it’s right up there with the capital – so much so that it’s even got it’s own fashion week and is host to the Clothes Show Live in December. Whether you’re a high street queen or a designer princess, Birmingham is just brimming with fantastic places to shop til you drop. There’s plenty of great, budget accommodation available too, so why not use the pennies you save on your hotel to splash out on that must-have piece you’ve been coveting all season? Check out https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/book/birmingham-hotels for some fantastic deals in ultra convenient central locations.
The Bull Ring
This brilliant behemoth of a shopping centre changed the face of Birmingham and sealed its status as an international shopping destination. It’s most famous as the stunning home to every fashionista’s favourite department store, Selfridges, but is also stacked with every famous retail name you can think of and then some. And when your arms can’t handle one more shopping bag, there are plenty of fantastic bars and restaurants to recharge those shopping batteries.
The iconic Harvey Nichols sets the high end tone at this stylish shopping mall. Once you’ve had your fill of all the designer labels on offer, make sure you stick around to make a night of it at one of the waterside restaurants or bars in this complex. Perfect for watching the sun set with a cocktail, this is the place to be to get a taste of Birmingham’s big city buzz.
A great contrast to the shiny new shopping malls that Birmingham boasts, this charming Victorian arcade is well worth a duck down if it gets too crowded or rainy on New Street. It’s known as the place to go for a cool haircut, and don’t miss the chance to have a drink at the unique underground Bacchus bar.
Another beautifully maintained, central Victorian shopping arcade, Piccadilly Arcade is well known for its lovely hand-painted ceilings. With a fine array of quirky independent shops that wouldn’t have looked out of place when the arcade was first built, like Piccadilly Jewellers, this is the place to head if you’re looking for, or hoping to be the recipient of, a special present.
Shopping malls are fabulous, but sometimes it’s nice to wander down a street in the open air, especially in the summer time. Birmingham’s main shopping thoroughfare, New Street, is a must-visit on your shopping trip to the city. Don’t miss the enormous branch of Primark for all your budget buys for this summer.
So there you have it. Whether it’s an outfit for a wedding, a gorgeous handbag, the perfect bikini or a to-die-for pair of shoes, you’ll find all you need and more in Birmingham. In fact, you’re guaranteed to head back home with every thing you wanted and a little bit more. And why not – you deserve it!
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