The area was heart of Birmingham Industrial past until the 1970s when the its activity went in decline. The area with its building laid derelict for at least a decade until developers expressed an interest in regenerating the area.
Work to regenerate the area began in 1993 and now has become a landmark consisting of Brunswick, Central and Oozells squares with offices, a residential building (Symphony Court), Sea Life Centre, art galleries, theatre, restaurants, cafes and bars.
I went to Broad Street to do some shopping, sightseeing and to check out some restaurants.
there I found a really cool looking restaurant just on the corner of Broad Street. It's called Around the world in 80 dishes. I went in, and it looked fabulous! The staff immediatley saw me and my friends and came to us straight away and asked us very kindly and respectively, whether we would like to be seated or if we would like to have a drink in the bar. after a couple of drinks we asked to be seated and we were lead to a lovely spot by the window. The restaurant is an all you can eat buffet restaurant and their are a variety of foods from different countries including, chinese, Indian, Thai, and many more. Once we tasted the food, we were blown away! the food there is out of this world! we had alot to eat and the desserts too were sensational. If you going to Birmingham make sure you definitely visit this amazoing restaurant.
Whenever a city wants to 'redevelop' in the UK, it seems that the planners believe a vital ingredient is to build a modern-art exhibition space.
Birmingham's attempt is called the 'IKON' gallery, and has been created from the shell of a disused church on Brindley place.
A couple of exhibition spaces, a cafe and a shop - yours for the FREE viewing pleasure of.
Sourbugger's view of modern art need's no repeating here. Suffice is to say that the words "Monumental" "Waste" and "crap" might well appear in any sentence about it.
I did however enjoy the glass lift on the side of the building. It plays an gradually ascending (or descending) choral work as you travel up or down. By far the best feature of the building.
Brindley Place is an excellent place to head for if you are into sightseeing and enjoying a good drink or two with it's stylish bars, restaurants and individual shops, it is also home to the National Sea Life Centre and the Ikon Gallery and a good starting point from which to explore Birmingham's restored canal network.
It may come as something of a shock to you the Brindley Place used to be a large industrial waste ground. Years of manufacturing decline has led to dirty canals, disused warehouses and unmanned production lines. Then some bright spark came up with the idea of flattening it and starting again and we are eternally grateful that they did! What was once something that Birmingham was ashamed of, is now one of our proudest achievements and the driving force behind the regeneration of our city. There is a lot to see and do here, from people watching to eating some of the finest cuisine on offer. You can go to the Ikon Gallery or the Sea Life Centre, or catch a canal cruise. It is somewhere you must visit if you come to Birmingham. You won't have a proper idea of the city until you have been.
there are a number of bars/restaraunts in this area and you can choose a lovely cosey pub meal to a very posh a la carte menu.its lovely in the day and is also very buisy of a weekend evening.