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BSAVA Congress 2018,
5-8 April 2018,
ICC & Barclaycard Arena - Shopping

Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you seek head-turning chic or eye-catching value it’s all here.



One of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Bullring is right in the heart of the city centre. There are over 160 of the most imaginative and desirable shops for you to explore and the iconic Selfridges department store which stocks all your favourite designers, the latest brands and is home to the world famous Food Hall.

And once you’re all shopped out, why not refuel in one of the Bullring’s 25 restaurants?

The Mailbox

The Mailbox shopping centre is pure indulgence where famed fashion and lifestyle design clash head on with contemporary art and fine furnishings. Lunch with friends or a relaxing coffee? Cosmopolitan canal side restaurants or café bars with stunning views await. 

The Mailbox is currently being totally transformed - the new Mailbox will be bigger, better and easier to get around. You’ll enjoy a relaxed sky-lit haven of elegance and innovation. And with a new line-up of leading brands, the new Mailbox will be the place for anyone in search of luxury shopping, dining and pampering.

Grand Central Birmingham

Situated directly above New Street station, and opening in 2015 will be Grand Central Birmingham, home to one of the largest John Lewis department stores in the country.  Grand Central will also bring over 60 new premium shops, restaurants and cafes into the city, and be fully integrated with the stunning station redevelopment.


On Birmingham’s High Street there is Pavilions, jam-packed with top names. From major high street retail brands including Marks & Spencer, Hobbs, Waterstones and La Senza to tiny, independent gift boutiques such as Wysteria Lane or the natural food and ingredients retailer Julian Graves.

The Food Loft, at the top of the mall, is a great place for people watching over lunch or a refreshing cup of tea.

The Great Western Arcade

Amidst vibrant Birmingham’s modern hustle and bustle, one retail environment stands apart. With quiet sophistication, and genteel elegance, The Great Western Arcade whisks you back to the city’s proud Victorian heritage. Within this majestic 1876 parade, independent boutique-style retailers, genuine specialists and a sprinkling of high street names give discerning shoppers the feel that beautiful discoveries await behind every door.

Piccadilly Arcade

Just off New Street, Piccadilly Arcade is famous for its’ hand-painted ceilings and independent specialist retailers, including Hustle & Flow, an urban fashionista hotspot and Onyx Workshop and Piccadilly Jewellers, both of whom deal in high quality jewellery. You’ll find experienced staff to help guide you through your purchase here. Drop into Smithsonia for some original and delightful gift ideas, or why not say it with flowers at Petals of Piccadilly? Or for a pampered experience, head to Finishing Touches for a range of hair and beauty treatments or to Marco Benito’s nail bar.

Burlington Arcade

Just look for the Burlington Hotel next to Waterstones on New Street, and you’ll find this elegant little arcade. Inside you’ll find Uber, an exclusive men’s and women’s fashion retailer; Bad Apple Hair, one of our many cutting-edge stylists in the city, plus the premier designer retailer Flannels. And underneath all this, The Bacchus Bar, named after the Roman god of wine and intoxication, is one of the city centre’s best kept secrets for good food and drink.

Martineau Place

The perfect hideaway to step away from the crowd. Just off the bustling Corporation Street, it offers great shopping without great fuss, ideal for a quick bite or a leisurely lunch. Then it’s off to the largest GAP in the city or any of the other great fashion, travel or sports stores close at hand.

The Square

The Square is located in the city centre and is the perfect place to find unique shops, free wifi, great entertainment and nearby parking. You'll find more than just your favourite high street shops like Next, Shoezone and Holland & Barrett,  there’s also an extensive selection of independent retailers such as The Oasis Market for everything alternative in fashion.  

It's also the perfect day out with family or friends with some great places to eat and relax. Jumping with live events by local performers and well as an Urban & Vintage market on the first Saturday of every month.

Local Shopping Centres

Within half an hour of Birmingham there are some great places to shop in the towns and villages of the West Midlands region.

Solihull is a shoppers’ paradise. All the major designer labels and retail brands are there, in a cosmopolitan, cafe culture environment. Don’t miss the Touchwood Shopping Centre and Mell Square with its mix of high street favourites and boutique independents.

Over in Brierley Hill, near Dudley, the massive Merry Hill Shopping Centre, owned by the Westfield group, boasts over 230 of the UK’s favourite retailers as well as a great range of restaurants. And both Worcester and Sutton Coldfield are also worth visiting for their mix of the very best of the UK's favourite retailers chains with one-off independent stores. The Mall in Sutton Coldfield includes the likes of H&M and Monsoon whilst Worcester’s streets and arcades are lined with exclusive, one off boutiques and stores.

IKEA, Birmingham

Turn your hand to interior design by visiting IKEA, Birmingham. With nearly fifty room sets, three full size homes and over 9500 products for your home. Offering a huge range of home furniture and accessories, there is something at IKEA for everyone. You can even enjoy some of their famous meatballs in their restaurant or try out their new sausage and mash from the new menu. Don’t forget to get some pick and mix from their Swedish Food Market for your journey home!

You can find IKEA on Park Lane in Wednesdbury.