Birmingham Office Profile
55 Colmore Row sits immediately opposite St. Philip’s Cathedral. A stroll through St. Philip’s churchyard takes you directly to the freshly redeveloped New Street Station, so it’s easy to get out of the city if you want. However, with an array of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars only minutes away why would you want to?
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At the office you’ll find:
- The Deli, serving breakfast and lunch, as well as a range of hot drinks from Grumpy Mule. The menu changes daily and includes vegetarian options. The Deli is situated in the Hub, a large space which is perfect for catching up with colleagues for informal meetings or lunch.
- Car parking spaces, although they’re limited. Talk to someone in facilities and they’ll find one for you, if they can. The spaces are also bookable at weekends which can come in handy if you’re coming into the city centre for shopping or to meet friends.
- A bike storage area, lockers and showers in the office – handy if you plan to cycle in to work or run at lunchtime.
The best places to eat, drink and shop
Thanks to the office’s central location we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee stops, sandwich shops and great places to eat out. Here are just a few places on our favourites list.
Coffee, lunches and snacks
- There are all the chains you’d expect within walking distance of the office. But if you’re after something a bit different, try York’s Bakery on Newhall Street for its delicious cooked breakfasts, cakes, sandwiches and inventive pizza toppings.
- There’s also Monty’s Deli Sandwich Bar, but this place is very popular at lunchtime so expect to queue
- Urban Coffee on Church Street does wraps, toasties and panini, as well as great coffee
- Bodega on Bennett’s Hill is a bit of an office favourite – call and order your burrito or quesadilla in advance to make sure it’s waiting for you when you get there
- Bodega is on the list of places to visit for dinner too. It’s pretty busy from Wednesday to Friday so make sure you book a table
- Just across Cathedral Square is Bar & Block, a grill restaurant with a 10 minute ‘express menu’ – perfect for your lunch hour
- Our new local Utopia Country Bar is also a lunchtime favourite, with its speedy service and unbeatable fish finger sandwich
- Opus on Cornwall Street is a 5-minute walk away and offers smart surroundings, a buzzy atmosphere, set menus and friendly staff
- If you’re super hungry, head to Pure Bar and Kitchen on Waterloo Street. Meat features heavily on the menu, while their range of craft beers is pretty impressive – they even do beer tastings
- Utopia Country Bar is a popular destination for after-work drinks, particularly as it is right behind the office.
- The Lost & Found on Bennett’s Hill is worth a visit for the surroundings alone: it’s in a Grade II listed building. The drinks menu is pretty impressive too
- Try the Victorian-themed Jekyll and Hyde Gin Parlour on Steelhouse Lane if gin cocktails are your thing
- If you’re more into pubs, the Old Joint Stock is just across Cathedral Square, or head up Constitution Hill to the Lord Clifton (which has a great Thursday night ‘smartphone’ pub quiz)
- Pennyblacks in The Mailbox, Wharfside Street also does cocktails but in a more modern setting, as well as offering a whole range of other drinks, including craft beers
- The Church is especially good in the summer thanks to its roof terrace
The newly opened Grand Central Shopping Centre, anchored by John Lewis, sits above the station while Mailbox and Bullring are only minutes away.
Closer still are House of Fraser and the Colmore Business District’s acclaimed bars, restaurants and cafés. The newly extended Midland Metro will provide visitors a fast link from Snow Hill direct to New Street. By 2019 this will have extended further to Centenary Square at Broad Street, and will eventually link to Digbeth Coach Station and the new HS2 interchange.
- If you’re looking for the big high street brands, look no further than the Bull Ring. It includes one of only four Selfridges in the UK, as well as plenty of other famous brand names
- Over the past year or so, the independent shopping scene has blossomed around places like Digbeth and the Great Western Arcade
- The Mailbox is a bit more of a walk away and a bit more demanding on your bank balance, but it’s great for window shopping
- Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Birmingham’s Frankfurt market, perfect for an after work German beer or mulled wine.
Sport & Fitness
There are plenty of teams you can join at the Birmingham office. Sports include hockey, netball and football.
- There’s also a fiercely competitive Inter Firm Sports Trophy organised by the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society, which includes dodgeball, volleyball, tag rugby and rounders. It’s worth joining in, just to meet people from other firms
- If you’re a keen runner there’s a young professionals running club that does both morning and evening runs
- The annual office rounders and ‘Partners Vs Staff’ cricket night is a highlight of the social calendar too, if only for the BBQ and drinks afterwards
Local attractions, culture and the arts
Art, comedy, music, ballet – whatever you like, you’ll find it somewhere in the city.
- The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a good place to start with its wide range of permanent installations, like the excellent pre-Raphaelite collection and the new display of the Staffordshire hoard, as well as visiting exhibitions
- The new Library of Birmingham is also a must visit. We recommend a visit to its Shakespeare Memorial Room, an Elizabethan style room designed in 1882 to house works by the famous playwright, which has since been rebuilt piece by piece
- If you’re more interested in contemporary art, the Ikon Gallery has a packed schedule of exhibitions. Entry’s free, and the café’s pretty good too
- If theatre’s more your thing then the city has you covered. Birmingham Hippodrome is about 15 minutes away from the office and stages plays, musicals, ballet, comedy, concerts and opera. There is also the New Alexandra Theatre and the Repertory Theatre, renowned for its innovative productions
- Just over the road from the Hippodrome is the Glee Club, which is great for live music and comedy nights
- With the Barclaycard Arena, the Genting Arena, the O2 Academy and O2 Institute, the city also caters to your needs if you’re into live music with each of these venues playing host to top international artists