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Hidden Gems in Birmingham You Won’t Find in a Guidebook

November 19th 2019

TEG English

From a dark, smoke filled industrial city powered by the Industrial Revolution into a green, vibrant, powerhouse of economy; Birmingham has changed a lot over the last 100 years. So much so that it has now gained the reputation as one of the most fun and vibrant cities to explore in the UK. However, while most people are aware of the usual places on Broad Street, Colmore Row and Brindley Place, there are hidden gems in Birmingham that you might not find in the usual guidebook.

At our TEG English Branch, we are lucky enough to have some Brummies (the colloquial name for people from Birmingham) working for us and they have been kind enough to share some of Birminghams hidden secrets!

Kitty Café

If you’re a cat lover and a lover of café culture, then Kitty Café is the place for you. Not only is the Café a home for rescue and unwanted cats but also a place where members of the public can pop along, sip a cappuccino and be among their furry friends.

Although the café is a great spot for a light lunch in Birmingham, the focus is very much on the animals. A 1-hour slot can be booked online, and you can even check out the gallery and get to know the cats by name before your visit. If you are worried that this might sound cruel, fear not, there are very important rules to stick to as the cat’s welfare comes first.


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Dinner under cherry blossom? If you are thinking about taking someone to a nice restaurant in Birmingham, then Tattu is a must. Serving up Modern Chinese cuisine, the Décor is a journey from the traditional east to the modern west. So, for an exotic yet contemporary lunch or dinner in Birmingham, check out Tattu’s tasty sharing dishes and top it all off with some of the most innovative cocktails in Birmingham.


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The Primark Megastore opened in Birmingham in Summer 2019 following much publicity. Officially the largest fashion store in the world, it prides itself on being more than just a clothes store. It also incorporates a Disney Café, a trendy beauty studio, a barber shop and the Mezz restaurant. With everything under one rough, you won’t need to shop anywhere else!

The store’s 160,000 square feet are located on High Street, Birmingham.

Odeon Luxe

Watching a movie will never be the same after putting your feet up at the Odeon Luxe.  Right on the doorstep of TEG Birmingham is the new luxury Odeon that provides reclining seats and snack trays in all its cinema screens. The Odeon Luxe also provides a larger than usual selection of snacks. If you want to grab a drink before or after your show, then Oscars bar, within the cinema, is the perfect spot for some cocktails, Birmingham style.


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Fight Club

If you’re really looking for fun things to do in Birmingham, you have to head to Flight Club. Offering a traditional English pub pastime, with a fun Birmingham twist, this place specialises in Social Darts (a traditional game played in pubs across the U.K). What was once a game associated with the older generation, Fight Club has reinvented darts for a new generation.  All you need to do is get a group of friends together and enjoy it.

Flight Club is also a fun place to eat in Birmingham, with its Social Brunch on weekend afternoons, offering endless pizza, social darts and prosecco. Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend in Brum?


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Interested in trying any of these places? Don’t worry, our hidden gems in Birmingham aren’t that hidden, you just need to look for them!

Eager to know more about the British culture? Take a look at our top 5 Strange Things About Living in The UK.