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The UK’s second city, Birmingham is also one of its most exciting. Its LGBTQI+ scene is thriving, with its famous gay club nights and Birmingham Pride - the UK’s largest two-day LGBTQI+ festival. Explore our guide to LGBTQI+ Birmingham for the rundown of the best neighbourhoods, hotels and events in the city.

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Get to know Birmingham

Birmingham is renowned for its shopping. The Bullring, in the heart of the city, was the UK’s first indoor city-centre shopping complex when it opened in the 1960s. Completely rebuilt in 2000, the shimmering  The Bullring & Grand Central is one of Britain’s biggest shopping malls. With more than 200 retailers and more than 460 restaurants and cafés, there’s plenty for discerning shoppers.

Just north of the city centre, the Jewellery Quarter has Europe’s largest concentration of jewellery traders, producing 40% of all jewellery made in the UK – making this an ideal place for anyone planning a romantic gesture on their trip (wink wink).

A little-known fact, Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice - just over 35 miles compared to Venice’s 26 miles. The life-blood of Victorian Birmingham, today these canals and towpaths provide a fascinating route for walkers and joggers. The bustling hub of the canal network, Gas Street Basin, has colourful narrowboats and busy cafés, restaurants and bars in set in revamped warehouses under a mile from the Gay Village.

Out and about

A plush bar with velvet couches, chandeliers and exposed brickwork.

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The Loft

A lively bar for those seeking a proper gay party. Expect live events, DJs and a whole host of drinks.

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Missing

For cocktails and a contemporary lesbian scene look no further than the city’s The Fox.

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The FOX
The Fox

A popular hangout for a younger mixed crowd filled with cocktails.

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Sidewalk
Sidewalk

A plush bar with velvet couches, chandeliers and exposed brickwork.

Find out more about The Loft
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The Loft

A lively bar for those seeking a proper gay party. Expect live events, DJs and a whole host of drinks.

Find out more about Missing
Awaiting image
Missing

For cocktails and a contemporary lesbian scene look no further than the city’s The Fox.

Find out more about The Fox
The FOX
The Fox

A popular hangout for a younger mixed crowd filled with cocktails.

Find out more about Sidewalk
Sidewalk
Sidewalk

Stylish stays

Expect private balconies, floor to ceiling windows, thermal pools and even a Champagne Nail Bar at this four-star hotel.

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Offering serviced apartments on the top four floors of the iconic Rotunda building, this is a funky place to stay.

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A budget choice that doesn’t compromise on style - stay in one of the 73 rooms with provide comfort and chic style.

BLOC Hotel

Getting here

Birmingham is situated in the Midlands, 120 miles northwest of London. Regular trains connect Birmingham to London in one-and-a-half hours. Birmingham Airport is 10 minutes by train from the city centre and is served by flights from Europe, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, North America and the Caribbean.