If you’re teetotal, just cutting down, or fully throwing yourself into Sober October, going alcohol-free doesn’t have to mean sipping on a flat Pepsi Max from a tap all night. We’ve spoken to cocktail experts for their favourite virgin versions, for you to try at home. Your fanciest drinking receptacle is absolutely necessary, a muddler is optional (but makes you feel the part).
Unless you’ve got a sizeable trust fund to rely on, (in which case, can we be friends?) you probably have to work. We spend more than 13 years of our lives at work, on average. So it's not too much to ask that you actually do something you enjoy. Right? Whether you feel a bit stuck in a rut, or are thinking of a complete career overhaul, it's good to talk it through. We spoke to life coach Dr Lalitaa Suglani from Virgin Care Private, who gave us some very actionable actions to help us, and also you.
Got the fam coming to stay from out of town, or just after a short get-away minus the motorway time? Knowing the best city centre hotels to bed down at is good, but knowing the specific room to book is waaaaay better. We’ve got the insider info and to be quite honest, brownie points from the in-laws are imminent. You are welcome.
One egg is un oeuf, but two is waaaaay better at Purnell's, where the classics are classics for a reason. We could talk about at least five of the dishes we sampled in the Cornwall Street dining room, but we're going to focus entirely on two, which are as happy-making as they are accomplished.
Soft spot for slogan tees? Us too. Take it to the next level by adorning yourself with B’ham based localisms. Wear this second city merch with pride and support some local business babs at the same time.
New Year fitness resolutions are so cliché — there’s no better time to start your new favourite workout than RIGHT NOW. Well, maybe finish reading the email first. Then go. If good ol’ fashioned gymming ain’t doing it for you, give these nothing-to-do-with-a-treadmill activities a go.
I’ve just moved house and I can hardly bear living with a light fitting I didn’t choose. The thought of completely gutting a place before making it habitable again makes my head hurt. These local ladies have taken on projects that would make Kevin McCloud wince — and they've come out the other side. If you're crazy enough to want to follow in their tracks, we've picked their brains for valuable how-tos and the mistakes to avoid.
We like J.Crew. We all caps LOVE when Birmingham women are recognised for their gorgey creative wonderfulness. Imagine our delight on hearing of the collaboration between B’ham pattern designer, Abigail Borg and J.Crew for an Autumn capsule collection, a perfect combo of the two.
When you think of comedy, you probably don’t associate it with kindness. Sweeping generalisations, jokes at the expense of others, and best of British to you if you're sitting on the front row.
Pretty sure we've never heard of anything more wholesome than a walking tour looking at the lovely letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter. The cute Georgian details remain hidden in plain sight in our urban landscape. Learn more about the city's history and architecture on the next tour.