When it comes to shopping in Birmingham, there's more than just the bullring. This stunning city has beautiful streets, squares, stores and is one of the UK's top destinations for retail therapy. In fact, there are so many shops here that one weekend is never enough to browse the many rails, displays and storefronts! Whether you're after clothing, jewellery, shoes, accessories or homewares, it's all here in Birmingham.
The Mailbox is a huge development and, as the name suggests, it was once the site of the Royal Mail's main sorting office for Birmingham. It now plays host to a sprawling Harvey Nichols, a spa, two salons and an Emporio Armani. The Mailbox is fantastic for drinking and dining as it has a wealth of bars and restaurants, many of which sit right on the canal. On the same site stands an incredible new building called the cube. With its huge atrium and stunning angles, it truly has to be seen to be believed.
The Pavilions is situated on Birmingham's High Street and houses a wealth of top-name stores including H&M, Moss and L'Occitane as well as some lovely independent boutiques. The Food Loft provides an array of options and with seating for 700 people, you'll definitely be able to take the weight off your feet. The Pavilions' fantastic shops and excellent location makes it an absolute must.
The Great Western Arcade is a gorgeous and historic building, its design strongly influenced by the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851. It was originally built to house a railway line, but it is now home to a number of vintage, boutique and big name shops. The curved glass roof and the recently-renovated features lead you to believe you're outside walking down a real Victorian street.
Piccadilly arcade is home to some brilliant independent specialist shops such as Onyx Workshop Jewellers and Petals of Piccadilly. It also features hand-painted ceilings in the form of five panels which give the illusion of a real scene happening above the person below. The ceiling was painted by contemporary artist Paul Maxfield whose style is similar to that of Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna. Mantegna painted the Bridal Chamber of the Ducal Palace of the Gonzaga Family in the same way, and created this artistic movement called "di sotto in su" which translates as "from below upwards".
Last but not least on our retail tour of Birmingham is, of course, the Bullring. With its awe-inspiring undulating design, the Bullring is an architectural masterpiece and the iconic landmark in the city centre. With 160 shops across three floors, it's easy to spend a whole day here. Stores include Selfridges, Debenhams and Armani Exchange and whether you're browsing or buying, there are also plenty of jewellery stores such as Swarovski, Ernest Jones and Omega.
After a long day exploring the Bullring, you'll have sore feet and armloads of shopping. A blast of fresh air, a glass of wine and a sit down are probably just what you need. Convenient then that Spiceal Street is nearby. Here you'll find some brilliant bars and restaurants such as Browns Bar & Brasserie, Handmade Burger Co. and Jamie's Italian. But having had a delicious meal is no reason to call it a day and head home. Staying Cool serviced apartments are located in the Rotunda - just a minute's walk from the Bullring. Here you can either dump your bags and get ready for a night out, or rejuvenate with an in-room spa treatment and get an early night so you can do the whole thing again tomorrow!
All our luxury apartments have stunning views of the city and prices start from just £99. To make the most of your shopping trip, book online or call us on 0121 285 1290.
Planning a shopping trip to Birmingham?
• Stay at the Rotunda, right in the heart of the Bullring and next to the other shopping areas
• No carrying heavy shopping bags around - drop them back at your apartment or use it as your changing room
Apartments start from just £99. To make the most of your shopping trip book with us online or call us on + 44 (0)121 285 1290.
June 2013Staying Cool at the Rotunda
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