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BirminghamUnited Kingdom

city rank #71

City Overview

Birmingham lies at the heart of the West Midlands and is the region’s commercial and administrative centre.  Following the development of the Bullring shopping centre and its opening in 2003, the city centre has continued to see significant investment in its retail stock; with better quality space for domestic and international retailers, the city’s retail offering has gone from strength to strength. At the heart of the city’s retail offer is the Bullring, which is where the luxury department store Selfridges is located, alongside Debenhams and Next. H&M’s new Arkett fascia will open in the Bull Ring in late 2018. H&M have also recently opened in the former BHS on New Street which is one of their largest in the UK. Other shopping centres in the city centre include Grand Central that opened in 2015. The centre is anchored by a 250,000 sq ft John Lewis department store (one of the largest stores in their estate). This centre also includes over 60 new premium shops, restaurants and cafes which sit above the newly extended New Street station concourse.

The former Pavillions Shopping Centre was sold to Primark who are in the process of converting the centre and will open one of the largest Primark stores in the UK in late 2018. Marks & Spencer and H&M adjoin Primark, both of which front on to High Street. The Mailbox, at the fringe of the core retail area, is a destination for luxury retailers, with the high-end department store Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss, Armani, and Gieves & Hawkes all located there. They have also recently opened a number of higher end furniture operators on the lower level of the development including Heals and High Street, New Street and Corporation Street are the three main “High Street” retail pitches which attract a broad range of retailers including Primark, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser.

Temple Street, Temple Row and Colmore Row have now become of an established leisure location with entrants including The Ivy, Gaucho, The Alchemist, Revolution de Cuba and Head of Steam.

Outside the city centre the two shopping destinations of note in the West Midlands are Touchwood Shopping centre in Solihull, which has a John Lewis department store, Marks & Spencer, Next, and Gap; and the regional centre, Merry Hill, which has Debenhams, Asda, Next, and a strong range of domestic and international retailers.

Things to do



The Bullring, The Mailbox


Walk around the pedestrian friendly European style plaza at Victoria Square; National Sea Life Centre, one of the city's most popular attractions.

And be seen


Adams, Purnells and Simpsons all boast the accolade of a Michellin star


The Botanist on Temple Street is a popular spot and forms part of a newly established leisure pitch.

Be Merry

Carry on in The Jam House on St Pauls Square.