Christmas Shopping In Brum
Friday September 28, 2018
Make Christmas shopping a real pleasure with Staying Cool’s guide.
1) Plan it like a military campaign
We take shopping so seriously in Birmingham that we gave it its own website! The Shopping In Birmingham website is a great place to find inspiration plus Christmas events, offers, opening hours and competitions.
2) Declare independence
We’re proud that Birmingham still has a thriving independent scene including retail. It’s so good to be able to buy unique gifts from some of the creative geniuses we have hidden away. Minima on George Street is very close to our hearts with its contemporary approach to interiors – check it out for gifts and accessories (as well as furniture and lighting if you’re feeling very generous). Buying for a foodie? Check out the Anderson and Hill deli at Great Western Arcade (a gorgeous piece of Victorian architecture). Sweet fiend? How about a chocolate experience at the Chocolate Quarter? The home goods at Vincent van Doodle (at the Bullring shopping centre) are as left field as the name implies. Christmas fare includes mugshot prints of Bowie and Prince plus ‘icons on Iphones’ such as Einstein and Bruce Lee.
All of the above offer discounts to holders of the Independent Birmingham card (which you get free on your fob when you stay with us).
The Custard Factory – just down the hill from the Bullring in Digbeth – is another funky, creative place to visit. Try Fury Family for the sneaker obsessive in your family.
3) Find your one stop shop
Birmingham is the only UK city outside London with five city-centre department stores (the huge and iconic Selfridges, a gorgeous and bijou Harvey Nichols at The Mailbox, newcomer John Lewis, Debenhams at the Bullring and a glossy House of Fraser). There’s also a very large M&S on High Street. The image above shows the view by night from Staying Cool over Grand Central and John Lewis.
4) Shop at the train station
Birmingham’s New Street Station has been transformed into a thing of beauty and it now has a rather fabulous 450,000 sq ft shopping centre called Grand Central wrapping around it (plus the aforementioned John Lewis). You’ll find over 60 shops and restaurants there with brands including
5) Invest in some Christmas sparkle
Did you know that Birmingham produces more than 40% of jewellery made in the UK? The historic Jewellery Quarter is home to over 500 jewellery businesses. Buying from the maker feels so good and will make the recipient feel extra special.
6) Hit the market
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic Christmas Market outside Germany and Austria and includes craft stalls. While you are in Victoria Square, we’d also recommend popping into BMAG (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) as their museum shop has some gems on offer (and you’d be supporting a great cause). Entrance is free.
For 2017, the ice rink and big wheel (which looks stunning in photos) has been moved to Eastside Green.
7) Let The Train Take The Strain
Travel in to Birmingham’s New Street or Moor Street Stations and you’re right in the city centre. Alternatively, make a break of it and book one of our chic serviced apartments. We’re in the Rotunda building right next to The Bullring, in the heart of the city centre, so we’re perfectly located for some serious shopping. What could be better than getting out there for a couple of hours and then recharging your batteries in your own apartment? You can also make the most of quiet periods in the shops at the start and end of the day.