Whether you’re used to the last minute dash on Christmas Eve, or are the more organised type that likes to beat the masses, making sure you have crossed off everything from your shopping list well in advance of the Christmas festivities, the metropolitan West Midlands city of Birmingham will surely cater for your every need.
If you do like to be prepared, how about spending a couple of days in the city to ensure all of the high street stores and hidden treasure troves are all covered? By booking accommodation in one of Travelodge’s Birmingham hotels, you can guarantee a reasonably priced room that can offer both comfort and ideal location, meaning you’re never too far away from the shops.
Birmingham is now considered to be the best shopping destination outside of London and it’s easy to see why with its huge variety of shopping haunts.
1. Bull Ring
The top of any fashionista’s Birmingham shopping guide, the Bull Ring brings together many of the high street and big name brands and firmly puts them all under one roof.
From the chic and stylish All Saints to the raunchy Ann Summers; from the Build a Bear Workshop to the drooling caused by the shoes in Dune, there’s a gift for everyone in this fantastic shopping centre. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat and enjoy your shopping experience.
2. The Mailbox
A development of designer shops and trendy bars and restaurants, the Mailbox offers some fantastic brands and designer wear if you want to treat your loved ones this Christmas.
With upmarket names including Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss and Jaeger, trendy brands such as Fat Face and one for the lads, Thomas Pink, it’s full of perfect gift ideas. Not forgetting, delectable lunchtime treats like Nandos and Pizza Express.
With a multitude of household names, the Pavilions give its visitors plenty of shops for their perusal. From Julian Graves for some independent culinary ingredients to HMV for the latest new release; or Monsoon for a posh dress or children’s outfit to Thorntons for some sumptuous chocolates, there’s plenty to be getting on with.
4. Great Western Arcade
Offering a range of shopping goodies, from funky accessories from the namesake store, to exquisite chocolates from Chouchoute Chocolaterie, there’s something for everyone’s Christmas stocking housed here. Be sure to visit John Hollingsworth for a crisp Cuban cigar for your loved one or Mr Simm’s Olde Sweet Shop for some candy from yesteryear.
Scattered amongst the high street brands and high end luxury, you can find some excellent independent retailers offering you a unique alternative to the usual. Check out the festive markets that will undoubtedly pitch in the city centre for some fabulous hand crafted goodies and enjoy a mulled wine in the wintery evening.
Whatever you have on your list to buy for your loved ones, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift in Birmingham. Book your accommodation now and enjoy your festive shopping spree.