Despite being the UK’s second city, Birmingham gets a lot of stick from non-Brummies. This seems to be changing though as more and more people recognise the city’s vast culture and potential, not to mention the cost effective benefits of moving away from the capital and settling down in Birmingham. Here’s a few things you should consider before you mock a Brummie:

  1. Hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested in the city centre and outer areas guaranteeing a huge boost to the local economy

Because the future is just as important as the present

  1. Situated in the heart of the country, it is the prime location for travelling north, south, east or west

And if you can negotiate this, you’ll be a pro at driving anywhere

  1. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the UK

Chinatown in the city centre is full of great restaurants

  1. And we have plenty of history, especially as we were at the heart of the industrial revolution

Birmingham was home to great pioneers such as, Matthew Boulton

  1. You have us to thank for the best chocolate in the world

Situated in Bournville, Cadbury World is a top tourist attraction and definitely worth a visit

  1. Not to mention how Cadbury paved the way for appropriate employee lifestyles

George Cadbury built a model village where his workers could live

  1. We’re not all smoke and grey tower blocks though

Victoria Square in the city centre is rather pretty

  1. There’s plenty of modern architecture too

Despite wavering opinions

  1. Birmingham has more canals than Venice

And it doesn’t even smell

  1. We have four Michelin restaurants

That’s four more than Manchester

  1. Our main shopping centre, The Bullring, is all under one roof

No long treks up Oxford Street at the mercy of the British weather for us Brummies

  1. There’s plenty of quirky bars to choose from

And there’ll be actual, available seats for people to sit on, not like the poor sardines in London

  1. If you get bored of drinking in a certain area, you can always shuffle on to one of the other many drinking areas in Birmingham

And the best ones are within walking distance of each another

  1. If you head out of the centre, there’s still a good night to be had

There’s Selly Oak, Moseley and Harborne to tickle your pickle

  1. Birmingham is without doubt the home of the curry (outside Asia, of course)

Hello, Balti Triangle

  1. The university is amazing

And it was voted University of the year by The Times and The Sunday Times in 2014

  1. There’s enough culture to entertain the masses

West End, Schmest End

  1. The LGBT scene is pretty big

Birmingham Pride attracts up to 100,000 visitors every year

  1. It has reused industrial space and transformed it into thriving hubs for those who enjoy art and all things creative

People actually work here – lucky things

 

  1. It is home to one of the leading hospitals in Europe

The Queen Elizabeth treated Malala Yousufzai after she was shot in Pakistan when campaigning for female access to education

  1. Birmingham welcomes the biggest German Market outside of Germany every year

Christmas wouldn’t be the same to any Brummie without the annual German Market trip

  1. Despite being famous for its industrial reputation, a spot of ‘greenery’ isn’t too far away

Don’t forget the many parks spread across the city too

  1. Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are no more than a stone’s throw if you want a complete break from city life

Little pockets of sanctuary are easy to come by

  1. And finally, Brummies are well known for being friendly and welcoming

You’re running out of excuses now

In short, Birmingham has everything London has to offer yet it is considerably less crowded, cheaper, more accessible and one hundred percent more welcoming. So come give Birmingham a whirl before you let people persuade you otherwise.

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