BT Tower is still better known by many locals of my age as the Post Office Tower, even though the telephone side of the business has been separated off from the Post Office for many years and it has been privatised for over 20 years. The tower is a prominent landmark on the north side of the City Centre. It has very recently been repainted (April 2005) and is floodlit at night.
I took this photo from the platform at Snow Hill Station.
Warwick is yet another historic town 40 minutes or so by train out of Birmingham city centre (Snow Hill or Moor St station as opposed to New St). 2009 was the first time I went - and as it's to the south east of the centre, it's only about 20-30 minutes drive from where I was bought up.
Sited on the banks of the River Avon, Warwick is famed for its 11th castle - and a deeply impressive one it is too. But there's more to the city than just the castle, with the centre renowned for its historic architecture and its Tudor and 17th century architecture, including the spectacular Lord Leycester hospital (16th century) and the Collegiate Church of St Mary (1704).
The town is the home of a number of annual festivals and hosts a number of meets at the Warwick Racecourse.
Walkabout's offer the same night no matter where you in the UK. You could be in London, Manchester or Birmingham and on a Saturday night you are guarenteed a band to be playing live music on one floor and 90s dance music on the other. It is a safe bet for a good evening. Drinks prices of about £3 so drink elsewhere before getting to the club and make sure its not your turn to buy the drinks when you get there! Everywhere on Broad Street has a dress code of no trainers.
I find the best way to get to...
I find the best way to get to Birmingham is on the train. The only drawback is that the trains stop just before 11pm.
You can walk to most places in Birmingham, if not a taxi fare should not be too expensive.
Henry Wong's, Harborne
Although it is very popular and you sometimes need a reservation, the service is always friendly. In a building that was previously a suburban bank, it's spacious. Prices above average but not out of this world for the quality. Mince in whole iceberg lettuce leaves - I can never remember the name