Pad’s parents live in Birmingham, so we’re always in the city. It’s also where I went to university – so it’s a city I love and one I love returning too. Sure, it might not have the best reputation to people who don’t know the place – but it’s actually a great city, with loads of awesome stuff to do.

Last time we went to the city, we stopped at Hotel La Tour, a new luxury hotel in the city centre, a few moments away from the Bullring shopping centre and the main shopping part of town. I’ve stayed in a few of Birmingham’s city centre hotels, and this has to be one of the best. The hotel was modern, simplistic, and just lovely – definitely highly recommended!

It also had a lovely view across the city, which was a nice surprise too!

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In the evening, we headed out to Bun and Bowl for Pad’s birthday – a new restaurant in the city, and one we all absolutely loved. As lovers of burgers, and all things BBQ – this place was basically our ideal restaurant. There’s not really anything else like this in Birmingham, so it was awesome to give it a try and be pleasantly surprised!

You can find Bun and Bowl in The Cube, which is this fancy new development at the back of The Mailbox. Definitely a nice chance to get dressed up 🙂

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The next morning we woke up to an amazing full English breakfast at the Hotel La Tour – which set us up for even more birthday fun. I’m a sucker for a good hotel breakfast – and this place definitely offered up an awesome one…

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