Birmingham for the Weekend

So I popped on the train and headed to my friends in Bitmingham. I love Cardiff but sometimes even I need a change of scenery!

I’ve been to Birmingham a few times but always enjoy this vibrant city. This time I decided to check out something different to the Bull Ring, much to my bank balance’s delight….

We headed to Brindley Place which is a popular food and drink area of the city centre right on the canal. My friend wasn’t joking when she described this place as the ‘Venice of Birmingham’ the romantic and intriguing layout makes for an interesting view.

For breakfast/ brunch we went to cafe Opus in the Ikon gallery. We had heard good things from various results and we’re looking forward to tucking into pancakes. They were only small but light sooo very fluffy. I would definitely recommend the pancakes to anyone trying their breakfast for the first time.

After breakfast we had a leisurely stroll around Brindley enjoying the passing canal life before we decided to seek some culture so headed over to Birmingham library.

The architecture of the library was stunning with its modern design outside and it’s circular stairways inside. It was a mixture of the past blended perfectly with the city’s future.

We found out there was a Special Shakespeare exhibit in the library and being English graduates we couldn’t resist a bit of ole’ Wills!


My favourite part of the exhibit was ‘Juliets Wall’ which was basically a cheap replica of the actual Juliets Wall in Verona. The library recreated it with post it notes which people had written lovely quotes and messages on. Me and Tash couldn’t resist adding our own words to the wall.

All that culture got us hungry so we headed to Pauls Patisserie in Grand Central for a little afternoon pick me up. We got a chocolate tart and a vanilla macaron to share and they were just heavenly. It was my first ever macaron and I was extremely pleased with myself for trying something new (I’d previously had a very disappointing experience with a macaroon, however Tash assured me a macaron was a real gem).


After our little treat we headed back home to relax for a bit before we went out for dinner and drinks (I swear that’s all I seem to do in this blog!)

I went for a blouse style dress from Topshop with New Look wedges let heels (so comfy) and Tash went for a Lipsy dress with New Look brogue heels


For dinner we were naughty and headed to TGI Fridays. Mainly because we’re both in love with their cocktails and mozzarella dippers! (Diet starts Monday)…(again).

After stuffing ourselves silly we headed over to Bottega Prosecco Bar and finished the night in style, with a Bellini or four…

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Author: Chelsea Thompson

Scriptwriter and Stand Up. A recovering chocoholic who is trying to maintain a balanced lifestyle whilst putting on make up and travelling around a bit!!

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