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Meet Birmingham

Home to British chocolate, the Peaky Blinders, and some of the best food in the country, Birmingham is a great city to work from and explore!

Birmingham is the second-largest city in England and is located in the West Midlands. Because of its size and charm, it’s a real hub for young professionals, artists, historians, and musicians alike. The people from Birmingham, known as Brummies, are very proud of their industrial past, much of which can be seen throughout the city. If you fancy being Charlie for a day, you can go to Cadbury World to see how Britain’s most famous chocolate is made as well as learning about the history of the factory. The canals that cut through the city were once used to load chocolate, tea, custard, and other things (if you’re the Peaky Blinders!) onto barges to be transported all over the country. Nowadays these beautiful waterways and factories are lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants. They’re also a great way to have a tour of the city. Birmingham has some of the best shopping in England. The Bullring Market Place, which sounds like it should be more at home in Madrid, is a huge shopping center that dates back to the 12th century. There’s also the Victorian Shopping Arcade, which combines a little slice of history with shops and local boutiques. This metropolitan city is a great mix of culture, history, nightlife, and work opportunities!

Where to live in Birmingham

Where you want to stay in Birmingham depends on the vibe you’re looking for and what you want close by. Birmingham is a huge city, so where you stay will also determine how long you have to travel. That being said, public transport in the city is great, so nothing will take you too long. Do you want to be close to the best bars and music venues? In an area for professionals? Or are you after that more suburban, local feel?

Best Neighborhoods in Birmingham

Birmingham is divided into many different neighborhoods that all attract a different crowd. There are the alternative, more artistic areas of Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter and the more suburban community areas of Moseley and Harborne. That doesn’t mean that they’re just full of schools and parks, they have great bars and busy high streets too. Brindleyplace is another popular neighborhood mapped out by the canals that go through it.

Quick Facts About Birmingham

In terms of size, Birmingham is the second biggest city in England. It has a population of over 1.1 million and is a central hub for a lot of the country – you can get to 90% of the UK within 4 hours from the city! Here are some quick facts to help you get to know Birmingham a little better.

Work in Birmingham

Birmingham has always been known as a manufacturing city – and that’s still true today. A few years ago Cadbury was bought by Mondelēz and they moved the headquarters to London. Most of the manufacturing, however, is still done at the famous site in Birmingham. The car manufacturers Jaguar and Rolls-Royce are also big employers in the city, even though many of their offices are in other locations. Birmingham is a big university city and there are many graduate schemes available. These include schemes in the top supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer and in banks like Lloyds.

How good is Birmingham for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Birmingham. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Birmingham for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Birmingham

Birmingham is a huge city, so you can expect to find cuisines from every corner of the earth. There’s the famous Balti Triangle, an area of the city where you can find some of the best curries in the country. That’s no easy thing in England. Try Adil’s for a great chicken or spinach balti. Apart from London, Birmingham has more Michelin star restaurants than any other city in England. So if you’d like something a little fancier (and pricier) you can choose from one of the 16 restaurants! If you’re looking for something typically British, Birmingham has an abundance of great pubs selling local food and ale. You can also have a traditional afternoon tea, try Three Church Road for a mix of savory and sweet treats. You can add a glass of prosecco or champagne for an extra charge. Birmingham also has a great mix of street food markets that offer delicious food, drinks, and a bit of a night out. Digbeth Dining Club on a Friday and Saturday night is really good, with live music, loads of food stalls to choose from, and a fun atmosphere that’s mixed with the smell of roasting meat, waffles, and stir-frying vegetables!