5 reasons to choose Birmingham over London


Joshua Crawley 
Aston Graduate and Blogger

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Recently Birmingham was listed in Rough Guides Top ten cities to visit in 2015, with many young professionals flocking from the capital to Birmingham. It's easy to see why, here are my top five reasons why to choose Birmingham over London. 

1) The Price

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With an average price of a pint at £2.58 in Birmingham as opposed to £3.79 in London it’s quite easy to see why a number of students are flocking to Birmingham. But that’s not all, the price hike effects everything in London; accommodation, food, club entry. Whilst the wages in London are slightly higher they often don’t match up with the increased cost of living. We would all like a little bit extra pocket money left over at the end of the day, wouldn't we?

2) The Music Scene

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Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Anaal Nathrakh. Birmingham doesn’t just have a number of musical acts, it’s the Birthplace of Heavy Metal. Now to a lot of you that might not appeal, but still going after 45 years, it could be argued that it’s the most influential thing from Birmingham since Custard and James Watts’ improvements to the steam engine. We have also produced artists such as UB40, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Streets, Duran Duran and Wizzard we have been shaping the charts for years. Also don’t forget the several music venues the city holds: O2 Academy Birmingham, HMV Institute, Barclay Card Arena, Genting Arena, Asylum, Oobleck.

3) Shopping

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I’m sure from the minute you google Birmingham you’ve had The Bullring shoved down your throat, however it is a jewel in Birmingham’s crown, with a host of shops and restaurants you may not be able to see in some of the smaller cities in the country. Plus we have a gigantic bull statue we decorate through seasonal points in the year, far more impressive than changing the hat atop Nelsons column.

4) The Scenery

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Another marketer’s favourite fact is that we have more canals than Venice. That’s all very well and good, but it’s the pubs and cafes surrounding them you should be interested in. There are few simple pleasures in life than watching the sunset over the canal with a cold drink in hand and a few friends nearby.   

5) The Food

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Birmingham’s cuisine has really been on the up and up as of late. With The Balti, Custard and Cadbury’s Chocolate in our arsenal we are a bit of a dark horse when it comes for the title of city with the most culinary influence. However whatever tickles your taste buds you will be able to find in the city from places such as Bodega, Turtlebay, Five Guys and Marco-Pierre White’s there should be something which appeals, if not you could always just grab a coffee from one of our many independent’s in the city centre. 

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