Focus on: Birmingham
As part of our neighbourhood exploration series, we look at the lively area around our Birmingham office…
Thinking of moving to a fully serviced office in Birmingham? Our bustling office at Somerset House, 37 Temple Street offers everything you need.
Located in a fantastic Art Deco building, this flexible workspace includes a spacious garden roof terrace, large gym and an indoor golf simulator, all for the exclusive use of clients.
Choose an all-inclusive monthly package, with no deposit or up-front costs, and you could enjoy a space that offers secure IT infrastructure, seamless connectivity, fully stocked kitchens, beautiful break out areas and regular free events. These offices are ideal for businesses of all sizes looking for a new location.
The thriving surroundings of Birmingham are within minutes of our front door, with access to fast public transport and many locations of interest to suit your needs.
From ancient to modern
Birmingham, now a significant post-industrial city, started life as a 7th Century Anglo Saxon hamlet. The name itself comes from an Old English word that refers to the Beorma tribe that settled there (Beormingahām). The city’s humble origins can be seen in its entry in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it was listed as the small manor of Bermingeham.
The city then evolved into a medieval market town, a bustling industrial and trade centre, and finally into a business hub for the Midlands – it is proudly England’s “second city” and its closest rival to London.
Birmingham’s coffee hotspots
Birmingham has no shortage of great coffee places, with several located just moments away from Somerset House. For a cosy location with a wood and brick aesthetic and great coffee, Faculty Coffee is a great spot. If you prefer industrial chic, Urban Café Bar and Kitchen is bound to inspire. Or, for a complete change of pace, try Damascena Coffee House, serving Turkish coffee and Middle Eastern pastries.
Lunchtime market shopping
Birmingham has several interesting markets to explore during a lunch break, including the Bullring Rag Market, which has plenty of stalls selling haberdashery items, gifts, fashion and more. Birmingham Indoor Market meanwhile is there to satiate your appetite with an array of seafood, poultry, and meat options, while St Martin’s Market offers gifts, flowers and other quirky items.
Cocktail aficionados will love The Botanist, just across the road from Somerset House. For a South American-inspired night out, Bodega Cantina offers great drinks in bright and colourful surroundings. Or for something a bit classier, Fumo serves creative cocktails and delicious Italian food.
Dining for days
There are plenty of places to go out for dinner with your colleagues, including The Ivy Temple Row, a fancy location for delightful dining; Asha’s, a glittering Indian restaurant owned by famed Hindi actress Asha Bhosle; or the veggie-friendly Land Restaurant.
You won’t be stuck for great ways to explore all that Birmingham has to offer. Try a Positively Birmingham Walking Tour to see the sights, or taste your way around the city on a Birmingham Food Tour. For an insight into the media hub of the city, you can try the BBC Birmingham Tour, exploring the offices where local news is filmed.
For a cosy old-time theatre experience, there’s nowhere quite like Birmingham. Try The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre Venue, set in a Victorian bank building with a glass dome roof, or The Alexandra, offering comedy and shows in a venue dating from 1901. Finally, the Old Rep Theatre, built 1913, hosts musicals and shows for all tastes.
Night life excitement
Come Friday evening, you’ll find plenty of places in which to celebrate the end of the working week. For karaoke with colleagues, try NAKIRA Lounge and Nightclub. You can dance the night away in Bambu Nightclub, with its Moroccan-inspired garden, or try the club hub for gay nightlife, Nightingale Club.
Contact us to learn more about how your business can establish itself in the centre of bustling Birmingham. With high-speed Wi-Fi throughout, check out our flexible workspace for brilliant value in a beautiful, modern newly refurbished setting.
If you’re looking for other locations beyond Birmingham, be sure to check out our other Focus On articles for inspiration. Learn more about Paddington, Victoria, Marylebone, Barbican, Threadneedle Street, Aldgate, Canary Wharf, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton or Belfast for ideas on what to expect.
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