130 reasons why we love Brum… #Brum130

In celebration of 130 years since Brum was given its official ‘city’ status, TeamEV put together 130 reasons why we love Brum…

  1. The BT tower
  2. The omelettes at Urban Coffee
  3. The hot chocolates at Urban Coffee
  4. £4 cocktails, looking at you Birmingham Cocktail Weekend
  5. The floozy in the Jacuzzi (especially when she has the Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer bra on!)
  6. The Alchemist, for making cocktail menus cool again!
  7. Malmaison’s Nirvana Suite
  8. Hotel Du Vin Bubble Lounge
  9. BMAG’s Press for Champagne Button (Edwardian Tea Rooms)
  10. A whole weekend of wine with Birmingham Wine Weekend
  11. Level 25’s views at Marco Pierre White
  12. The skinny cappuccinos at Yorks Bakery Café
  13. Street art in Digbeth (throwback to our first team pictures!)
  14. Being every so modest about having more canals than Venice… lol
  15. More Michelin stars than any other English city outside of London
  16. The #eatsbeatsliquidtreats at Digbeth Dining Club
  17. Having passionate Brummies like Tim Andrews and PJ Ellis who went and set up the amazing LoveBrum
  18. Selfies with The Bull
  19. Being home to The Streets and The Twang – the best homecoming gigs we’ve ever been to!
  20. Being the birthplace of Ozzy… obvs
  21. Having so many places to drink great red wine (and white… and rose) that UB40 wrote a hit song about it
  22. Hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games
  23. Indulging in the sweet treats at Cadbury’s
  24. Playing crazy golf at Ghetto Golf
  25. Escape rooms at Escape Live Birmingham
  26. Enjoying films in style at Everyman Cinema Birmingham
  27. Eating our way around BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham
  28. Facing our fears at The Bear Grylls Adventure
  29. Showing what terrible drivers we are at TeamWorks Karting Birmingham
  30. Having the best live music venues around… from Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena, to The Mill Digbeth and Hare & Hounds
  31. Axe throwing at Whistle Punks
  32. Reliving our childhood at Legoland Birmingham
  33. Kicking off Christmas with The Nutcracker at The Hippodrome
  34. Having our very own taste of The West End at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
  35. The excitement of derby days #football
  36. Birthplace of our favourite Indian dish at The Balti Triangle
  37. A city full of amazing live music thanks to Elegant Entertainment
  38. Seeing upcoming comedy acts (but avoiding being the front row victims) at The Glee Club
  39. Garlic mushrooms at The German Market
  40. Having amazing green hotspots around the city like Sutton Park and Cannon Hill Park
  41. Having our absolute fave retailers, like Loki, Projekt21 and Peter Forson, all under one roof at GWA
  42. Watching turtles get naughty at The Sea Life Centre (this actually happened to us)
  43. Hosting the ashes at Edgbaston Cricket Ground
  44. Being home to HS2… it’s a long way off, but something to be seriously proud of!
  45. The best bling around in the Jewellery Quarter
  46. Being able to make your own ring at The Quarter Workshop
  47. Amazing floristry classes with Bloom Collective
  48. Being the youngest city in Europe and having the likes of ‘Brum Youth Trends’ to make sure young people are heard
  49. The Independent Birmingham card!
  50. The Brummie accent!
  51. The Shakespeare Room at The Library of Birmingham
  52. BBQs on the terrace at The Library of Birmingham
  53. Awesome events at the Custard Factory (flashback to parties in the pool!)
  54. Eggy crumpets at Wayland’s Yard… and the pink hollandaise
  55. Having not one… but two Fumos to choose from
  56. John. Lewis.
  57. Drams at The Midlands Whisky Festival
  58. The Roastie Toastie’s at City Social
  59. 9 course dinners at Maribel
  60. The Dr Who Tardis lift at thestudio
  61. The Rambler’s Ball poetry night at Evolve
  62. Celebrating the city’s heritage with the amazing Birmingham Heritage Week
  63. 15 acres of landscaped gardens at The Botanical Gardens
  64. The great work from BPS Birmingham Future and BPS Birmingham Aspire
  65. Ditching the high street specs in favour of indie brands at Glimpse Opticians
  66. Popcorn cocktails and Chaka Khan at Be At One
  67. The monorail Birmingham Airport
  68. Summer lunching at Pigeon Park (Cathedral Square)
  69. Amazing views and a great night’s sleep at Staying Cool at The Rotunda
  70. Celebrating our stationery obsession at The Pen Museum
  71. Indulging our inner speed demon at National Motorcycle Museum
  72. Afternoon tea at Nocturnal Animals
  73. The playlist at Nocturnal Animals
  74. Alex Claridge
  75. The amazing corn bread at Las Iguanas… and 2-4-1 cocktails
  76. Bodega burritos. Need we say more?!
  77. Oodles of noodles at Wok to Walk
  78. Up and coming brands wanting to make a difference like Storyteller
  79. Hydrafacials at SkinHQ
  80. Relaxing at Yogahaven
  81. I Choose Birmingham
  82. Birmingham Updates
  83. World’s biggest LUSH
  84. The number 11 bus… just because
  85. One of the UK’s most successful bids, Colmore BID
  86. The Mailbox and its ace selection of designer brands
  87. Getting all of the home inspo on the ground floor of the Mailbox
  88. Being able to eat macaroons and make a difference to the people that Miss Macaroon trains and supports
  89. Celebrating Birmingham Pride every May
  90. Amazing restaurant finds in Chinatown
  91. An incredible selection of museums and heritage sites; from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to Aston Hall
  92. A museum with a whisky bar in it
  93. Getting our ‘art’ on at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and IKON Gallery
  94. Shopping at Selfridges. All day, every day.
  95. Getting the meat sweats at. Fazenda
  96. The amazing (and free!) Colmore Food Festival
  97. Tasting tonnes of wine at Loki Wine
  98. Having some of the best bloggers around… we love you guys!
  99. Midlands Business News – sharing all the best news stories in the city
  100. Free Radio and Capital FM – providing us with the best office tunes throughout the day
  101. Our Lord Mayor of Birmingham… the lovely Yvonne Mosquito
  102. Andy Street’s passion for the city
  103. Grand Central’s Nando’s doing deliveries!
  104. The gin parlour in Jekyll n Hyde
  105. Tapas at Revolution De Cuba
  106. Sunday lunch at The Plough Harborne
  107. Wine Wednesdays at Harvey Nichols
  108. The Moo & Blue at Pieminister Birmingham
  109. Bank Holiday BBQ parties at the Lord Clifden
  110. Mouthwatering steak at Fiesta del asado
  111. Being just 30 minutes from beautiful places like Earlswood Lakes
  112. A city passionate about helping those less fortunate through initiatives like Let’s Feed Brum
  113. The magic hands of Beth at At One Day Spa
  114. Having maybe too many awards but a city full of things to celebrate!!
  115. Being able to fill your diary every morning, noon and night with networking events
  116. The big night out… BYPY Awards
  117. Having tonnes of dog friendly places (because Tara just got a new puppy!)
  118. Dim sum at Chung Ying Central
  119. Pictures with the beautiful blossom trees in Brindleyplace
  120. Awesome coffee and cake (and the perfect place to make cycling friends) at Gorilla Coffee
  121. Just everything about Peaky Blinders
  122. Responsible shopping at The Clean Kilo
  123. Seeing the best dressed guys around thanks to Clements & Church
  124. Dreaming of (and trying on) the most incredible dresses at The Wedding Club
  125. Being able to get our Brummie on with Provide
  126. All of the burgers at The Meat Shack
  127. Having the best people around to invite to our launch parties
  128. Having that amazing M&S at Longbridge retail park that even has a prosecco bar… a prosecco bar!
  129. Snobs
  130. The people… because the people in Birmingham are absolutely what makes it!

Let us know if we’ve missed anything major… we all know that the list could go on… and on… and on…

#LoveBrum

#Brum130

Tara Tomes