AboutBirmingham

Our serviced apartments in the heart of Birmingham City Centre

Nestled in the restaurant-lined Waterloo Street, five minutes from both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill stations, the apartments are in one of the most connected points in the city. Shoppers are just one minute from Birmingham's exclusive Louis Vuitton store and under half a mile away from the famous Selfridges in the Bullring and Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox. Birmingham's iconic Museum and Art Gallery is only a short stroll away, with St Philip's Cathedral and Banqueting at The Council Room even closer. For foodies, the Michelin Star Restaurant, Adams, is on Waterloo Street itself, and the restaurant of Michelin Star Chef, Glynn Purnell, a mere ten minutes away. The Italian restaurants of San Carlos and Fumo are also on Waterloo Street and the Indian restaurant of Asha is a five-minute stroll away.

Great places to visit

Waterloo Street is the perfect place from which to explore Birmingham. This vibrant, multicultural, bustling gem of the Midlands is popular with both business and leisure travellers alike. Birmingham is 90 minutes from London and Manchester by train, while Birmingham Airport is a 10-minute train ride from the city centre.Historical Birmingham is just a two-minute stroll from the apartments. Here you will find the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which houses the world's largest public collection of Pre-Raphaelite art, a collection of Egyptian mummies and coffins, and centuries of history and culture. Birmingham is also home to Thinktank, an award-winning science museum that contains both a hands-on science garden and a planetarium. The Jewellery Quarter, another exciting highlight of Birmingham’s heritage, has Europe's largest concentration of jewellery traders, who produce 40% of all the jewellery made in Britain.No visit to Birmingham is complete without a visit to the Gas Street Basin, the heart of Birmingham’s 60-mile canal network. With 19 more miles of canal than our Venetian cousins, you can enjoy a 60-minute cruise that lets you feast your eyes on the attractive scenery of narrowboats, cafés, restaurants and bars in the historic warehouses that line the canal’s network.Chocolate lovers can visit Cadbury World, which is just south of the city centre and includes a 4D chocolate cinema experience, while those in search of The Bard can head for the home of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, only 50 minutes away by car.
  • Statue in the heart of BirminghamCultureWhere to start? It takes just a few short hours to walk around Brindley Place and Centenary Square, where you will find the NIA, the Symphony Hall, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Rep Theatre and the new Library of Birmingham.Culture
  • Museums near 9 Waterloo Street, BirminghamMuseumsAlongside the famous Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, visitors can also enjoy the celebrated Pen Museum, Birmingham Town Hall and the family friendly Thinktank science museum.Museums
  • Birmingham botanical gardensGroundsFrom the picturesque Cannon Hill Park to the surrounding Aston Hall, there are miles and miles of beautiful West Midlands grounds to walk through, not forgetting the celebrated Botanical Gardens.Grounds
  • Bimingham botanical gardens near 8 Waterloo StreetFamily FunThere’s plenty for families to do around the city. Take a trip to the one-and-only Cadbury’s World and The National Sealife Centre or hop on the Big Brum Open Top Bus if you want to see it all.Family Fun
  • The bullring near Birmingham serviced apartmentsThe BullringWith over 160 stores to explore, this is the famous heart of Birmingham and one of the most popular destinations for retail therapy in the UK. The retailers here include Selfridges, Debenhams, Forever 21 and Hollister, as well as more than 40 restaurants and cafés.The Bullring
  • The Bullring near our Birmingham serviced apartmentsDepartment StoresLose track of time as you shop in Selfridges, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Debenhams and Harvey Nichols. It is the only city, other than the capital, where you will find all five of the UK’s major department stores.Department Stores
  • Custard Factory in BirminghamThe Custard FactoryJust ten minutes walk from the Bullring, The Custard Factory is home to the biggest concentration of independent retailers and businesses. Expect everything from vintage clothing to modern jewellery and urban indie labels, bikes, art, skateboards, cosmetics, teddy bears and furniture and interiors.The Custard Factory
  • Birmingham Grand Central StationGrand CentralBuilt around Birmingham New Street Station, this new retail development has transformed the area. You’ll find John Lewis here, surrounded by 60 popular stores and cafés. It is perfect for meeting with friends before a big day of city shopping.Grand Central

Great places to shop

For a more intimate shopping experience, the Grade II listed Great Western Arcade is only a short walk from No. 8 Waterloo Street Apartments. Its award-winning fashion boutiques, beauty salons and premium food and drink retailers are a good reason to abandon the high street in favour of something more unusual.Birmingham’s landmark, The Bullring, houses a plethora of established brands, including the world-famous department store, Selfridges. It is home to over 160 retailers and 40 different dining options. Birmingham’s newest shopping haven, Grand Central, can be found above the stylishly updated New Street Station. John Lewis occupies an immense floor space here, along with other popular retailers.The Mailbox is the premier destination for designer shopping in the Midlands. A luxury destination in itself, it is home to many international brands, chic salons, upscale restaurants and a boutique cinema.Birmingham’s creative quarter, The Custard Factory, has the largest concentration of independent shops anywhere in the city. Here, you can discover unique pieces at the vintage clothing specialists, Urban Village, or sample some of the good stuff at the craft beer bottle shop, Clink. Or you could plan a visit to one of the many fairs, festivals and regular events that take place here.

Great places to eat out

There are many wonderful dining options on the doorstep of No. 8 Waterloo Street. Our neighbours include the quirky Victorian pub, The Lost & Found, the cool bar and eatery Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, the romantic Italian San Carlo and Fumo, and the award-winning Churrascaria and Brazilian Barbecue, Viva Brazil.No. 8 Waterloo Street also shares the pavement with our most prestigious neighbour, Adam's, the Michelin star restaurant of Chef Adam Stokes. It is one of Birmingham’s six restaurants that have a Michelin star, the most in Britain outside of London. Michelin star Chef Glynn Purnell’s headline Birmingham restaurant is also only 10 minutes away.Birmingham has an immense amount of dining choices, as well as our impressive collection on Waterloo Street. The canals and towpaths were the heart and soul of Victorian Birmingham and they are still a central and vibrant part of Birmingham life today. There are many canal-side dining options with a wide choice of fine-dining restaurants, gastro pubs, elegant bars and popular chain eateries.Birmingham is also internationally recognised as having Britain's best Asian restaurants. For the most authentic Asian dishes, head to Birmingham’s Balti Triangle a neighbourhood full of family-run restaurants, as well as sari shops, Asian jewellers and traditional Asian sweet shops. The award-winning Asha’s restaurant is only a five-minute stroll away.
  • Fine dining near our Birmingham serviced apartmentsFine DiningA few short steps away from 8 Waterloo Street sits the brilliant Adam’s Restaurant, whilst a few more steps will lead you to the first ever venture of celebrity chef and Michelin star holder, Glynn Purnell.Fine Dining
  • Cafe near 8 Waterloo StreetCafes/Casual DiningFrom the Brummie’s independent favourite, York’s Coffee to the ever-popular Bar Opus, there are a number of great places to pick up a quick coffee and lunch or easy dinner.Cafes/Casual Dining
  • Cocktail Bar near our serviced apartmentsCocktail BarsFor simple classics, you can’t go wrong with The Bureau Bar. For something a little more experimental, try to reserve a place at the eight-seat Smultonstralle.Cocktail Bars
  • Pubs in Birmingham city centerPubsA number of long-established breweries now own their own venues across the city, serving brilliant food and even better beer. Don’t miss Pure Bar & Kitchen or The Indian Brewery for a ‘Birmingham Lager’.Pubs