Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Home to House of Solus, the best in bespoke jewellery and with some of the best jewellers in the country at our fingertips there is no denying that the Jewellery Quarter is THE place to come to when wanting to find the perfect piece of luxury jewellery. However you'd be wrong in thinking this historic quarter of Birmingham is dedicated to just jewellery. Over the last five years this community has thrived with businesses setting up on every corner. From museums, cocktail bars, restaurants and spa pods - you'd be spoilt for choice with places to visit when discovering what the historic Jewellery Quarter has to offer.
There's no denying that the Jewellery Quarter is engulfed in history and steeped in the rich culture of our neighbourhood are the museums. The famous museum of the Jewellery Quarter is based around the workshop of the Smith and Pepper family owned jewellery factory. Even though the factory closed over 35 years ago, visitors can still get an insight into the heritage of this family business. A taste of the craftsmanship and workings that this historic company had to offer.
If you're looking to gain knowledge about something other than jewellery then down the road you have the Pen Museum, the only museum in the country dedicated to the pen making history of the 19th Century. Previously home to Riley's pen factory this museum is dedicated to the steel pen trade and importance that Birmingham had in it's manufacturing.
Our neighbourhood is also home to the Coffin Works - a factory in the Jewellery Quarter that's dedicated to the work of the Newman Brothers, who were specialists in coffin furniture. The Brothers provided coffins for Jospeh Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and The Queen Mother.
QUIRKY PUBS AND BARS.
It's now no secret that the Jewellery Quarter is home to some of the best cocktail bars in the city. If you're after an experience that a regular bar can't offer then the Quarter is bustling in original establishments. The Lord Clifden is home to one of the best outdoor bars the city has to offer, with people flocking to it's premises as soon as the sun is out.
If live music is something that gets you and your dancing feet out that door then the Jam House is only a short walk down the road. Partly owned by Jooles Holland, this bar offers live music nearly every night of the week. However a personal favourite of ours, after a busy day at the studio we like to pay a visit to our local: 40 St Pauls. With a warm and friendly atmosphere that some cocktail bars can lack, this place feels like home the moment you walk through the door. With 140 different gins to choose from and named the Worlds Best Gin Bar 2019 it oozes sophistication and exclusivity. Private bookings and Gin tasters are also available.
If at the end of the day you want to unwind and relax after a day shopping then the Jewellery Quarter can offer that perfect tranquil setting. A personal favourite of ours and located at the end of our road is the Floating Spa. A unique and individual experience, this spa is Birmingham's first floatation Spa. Also knows as Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy , the benefits of floating release the stresses of strained joints, bones and muscles as well as helping increase blood circulation and reducing stress levels. Yoga, massage and holistic treatments are also available.
If dining is more your thing then the Jewellery Quarter doesn't disappoint. Amongst it's historic buildings are some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. A favourite of ours is Restaurant Folium. Bringing modern cuisine to St Pauls Square, the restaurant boasts a refreshing menu. Owners Ben and Lucy wanted to bring innovative and exciting food to their relaxed and personal space. Their impressive website provides an insight into the food they offer - and you certainly won't be disappointed. https://www.restaurantfolium.com