It's a very proud day for Birmingham as Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot in the head in Pakistan for championing women's rights, has opened the city's new library.
The building, which to our delight features a series of rotundas, houses the largest lending library in Europe plus much more. You can enjoy a virtual tour courtesy of the BBC's arts editor, Will Gompertz.
Serious cyclist? The huge Cycle Show comes to Birmingham at the end of this month. You can try out every type of bike being exhibited on test tracks, watch the UK's top trials and BMX riders in action, and practice jump tricks or try out Roller Racing on the AirBag.
Birmingham's new library opens next week (September
3rd), just minutes from our boutique apartments at the Rotunda.
It looks well worth a visit.
Fascinating fact: the new library - very contemporary in form - features the Shakespeare Memorial Room, built in 1882. This was originally part of the city's Victorian library, which closed in 1974.
Like our style? Don't miss Midcentury Modern's pop up at the London Design Festival. Oxford Street from 18th-22nd September, 2013.
There are still tickets left for Fusion Festival in Birmingham this weekend. Fusion is a pop festival (Jessie J, The Wanted, JLS...) with day tickets only and strikes us as the perfect pre-school treat for kids/teens.
Fusion is in aid of the Prince's Trust and runs on Saturday, 31st August and Sunday, 1st September.
Many people in England, Wales and N.Ireland are enjoying an extra day off this weekend. If you are one of them, we hope that you have a fabulous time!
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Why not take a visit to Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter? This historic area is home to over 400 jewellery businesses plus some excellent cafes, restaurants and quirky museums. The Jewellery Quarter has a very distinctive vibe to it.
If you are in Birmingham any time between now and August 26th,
we'd recommend taking a wander around the 120+ stalls that make up
International Food Fair.
Enjoy cuisines from around the globe plus the best of local food and drink.
City centre 10am-9.30pm daily.
""..the Rotunda is superbly located bang in the city centre with New Street and the famous Christmas market less than 20ft from our door – perfect for dropping off those heavy shopping bags."" North Devon Journal
"Only one thing could possibly top the stylish design-led interiors at Staying Cool, and that’s the views..." Elle online
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian