Flatpack’s recommendations on where to meet, sleep, eat and be merry in the second city:
Places to eat and drink
Homemade South American inspired cuisine – we recommend the nachos…
Buffalo & Rye
Recently opened in the centre of Birmingham, Buffalo & Rye offers burgers, gourmet dogs, house smoked meats and all-day brunch, as well as a great Whisky selection.
The place to be if you’re in the mood for a cocktail – many of the award winning drinks are original creations, and if you don’t fancy what’s on offer, they’re more than happy to mix something up for you.
The Jekyll & Hyde
Gin lovers rejoice – the Jekyll & Hyde is home to a Victorian Gin Parlour, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and complete with a gin and food fusion menu.
Marmalade offers fresh, homemade food, from brunch to a Sunday roast, and from coffee to cocktails.
A charming theatre pub with loads of character and (apparently) its very own ghost!
Rose Villa Tavern
A classic American style diner menu, in a Grade II listed building built in the early 1900’s.
Places to stay
Very central location, nice spacious apartments, great views and lovely staff.
150 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4PA
Hotel La Tour
A luxurious option – modern hotel with contemporary rooms, great food and drink in a very central location.
Albert St, Birmingham B5 5JE
For more accommodation options you can search via the accommodation directory at www.visitbirmingham.com
In the centre of England, Birmingham is easy to get to travel to by road, rail or air.
There are three city centre railway stations with frequent connections to both local and national destinations.
New Street Station – Birmingham’s main railway station with national connections, including a frequent fast service to London Euston. Services to London Marylebone are served by Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations.
We recommend the Trainline for purchasing train tickets in advance.
Located at the heart of the UK motorway network, Birmingham is linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away.
If you are thinking of traveling to Birmingham by coach, National Express will drop you off at Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth. Mega Bus are also low cost option.
Local bus timetables can be found at nxbus.co.uk. Exact fare is needed.
Birmingham Airport is located 10 miles from the city centre. Next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network it couldn’t be better connected. Travel into the city is a 10 minute train from Birmingham International Station.
Travel to venues outside Birmingham city centre
Directions to mac can be found via their website.
Please note: due to the works taking place as part of the Paradise Birmingham development plans, some roads and pedestrian routes around Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square will be affected. Access updates can be found here: http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/access/
Though we are confident that Flatpack 11 will keep you suitably entertained, there are plenty of other things happening in Birmingham should you find yourself with a few spare moments as you make your way from one Flatpack event to the next.
Jean Painlevé at Ikon Gallery
Ikon presents the first UK exhibition of work by Jean Painlevé (1902 – 1989), whose cinematographic and photographic portraits of octopi, lobsters or starfish were at the centre of the avant-garde movement of the 1920s. Visit www.ikon-gallery.org for more info.
In This Perfect British Landscape… at Ort Gallery
Kristina Cranfeld is a London based artist and filmmaker born in Uzbekistan. Through video works, costumes, flags and work on paper she represents her own experiences of migrating to the UK. Her work is poignant, witty and surreal and astutely queries identity and citizenship and what it might mean to become British.
Genecraft: Art in the Biogenetic Age at BOM
UK-based artists Gina Czarnecki, John Hunt and Laurie Ramsell present compelling works that ask visitors to imagine a future of bio-engineered beings.
New Art West Midlands 2017 at MAC
Showcase for exciting new work from the region’s five university art schools and includes painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, print and installation.
Works of Mercy: Photographs by Attilio Fiumarella at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Birmingham-based photographer Fiumarella photographs the homeless and prostitutes from the streets of Porto – their nakedness or semi-nakedness emphasising their humanity and vulnerability and evoking our compassion.
Gastronomic Birmingham Food Tour
Taste Birmingham’s culinary landscape and learn about the city’s culture and heritage.