Love a festival? Birmingham has an event for every month of the year, from comedy and music, to book, foodie, art and performance. As you'd expect from a buzzy cosmopolitan city, there's a huge number of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from. Chill on the canalside at Brindleyplace. Check out the luxury brands and hotel scene at The Mailbox. Or dig the vibe in Digbeth, home to independent shops, cinemas and event venues, and recently named 'Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain' by the Sunday Times.