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We are so looking forward to having you with us at OPHEEM and hope you’re excited too.

Whether you’re coming just to see us or you looking to make a day of it, we are here to help and have put a little list of things that might help to make your time a little easier. We are proud Brummies and hope some of this information might be handy.


Opheem is located right in the City Centre of Birmingham, a city we love dearly but are also aware that it also has potentially the worst road traffic system of modern times.

As a result, hopefully we can add some handy tips to get to us.


We are just a short walk away from some handy landmarks of Birmingham.


Head from the library on your left hand side to Paradise Circus. After Dishoom [on your left] take a left turn and walk straight. Cross over Great Charles Street and keep walking past the UCB College of Food and you’re here!


Leave Grand Central by the Victoria Square exit. Head via Stephenson St to Pinfold St then cross Victoria Square up towards Paradise Circus. Keep heading straight until you see Dishoom on your left then head straight across Great Charles Street and you should see us on Summer Row past the Shakespeare Pub.


Head down Colmore Row until the crossing with Newhall Street. You should have a wine bar called Vagabond on the corner. Head away from the City Centre on Newhall Street down towards the Jewellery Quarter. When you reach the big crossing with Great Charles Street and Newhall Street, keep going and take the left on Lionel Street past the Ibis Hotel and follow the road, which will take you right up to our front door!


…a test for the most experienced explorer.


For any SATNAV, Birmingham City Centre can often prove a true challenge. At all times, you are hoping to find the elusive Newhall Street.


Find your way to the Aston Expressway and on the way to Birmingham City Centre. Avoid the temptation to head down any tunnels.

Find yourself on St Chad’s Queensway and follow over to Great Charles Street Queensway. Keep your eyes peeled for a small street on the rising hill on your left called New Market Street and sneak down it.

Say ‘Hello!’ to our friends at Purnells on the left but take the right, then another right onto Newhall Street.

Cross over the lights and then take the next left to Newhall Street. Follow this road around and you will find Opheem.


From Fiveways on the other side of Birmingham is a little more straightforward and would recommend to our friends driving from the South – head to Fiveways.

Follow the A4540 all the way to Spring Hill Roundabout and take the third exit to Summer Hill Road (B4135). Ignore any temptation to take any further turns, no matter what your Satnav tells you. Follow this through a small roundabout that has blocked access to other roads that would make it so much easier for you to reach us.

You will hopefully see OPHEEM on your left on your way. Following the road onto Great Charles Street Queensway until you meet a crossing with Newhall Street.

Take the left onto Newhall Street and then the next left onto Lionel Street. Follow this on and you will find Opheem.



There is a limited number of spaces on street on either Lionel Street (leading up to Opheem), Summer Row itself or the following street Fleet Street. There is also limited parking on the streets adjacent – Charlotte Street and George Street.


The next best bet is to find Newhall Street NCP that is just a little bit further after taking a left when your each the end of Fleet Street.


Our central location means we are conveniently placed for a variety of options to stay over in the city, whether it’s on a comfort casual budget or after something super special there are plenty of options and these are our favourites.



Birmingham’s premier hotel, following a 50 year refurbishment project, is the jewel in the city’s hotel scene. It has beautiful rooms and suites hosting any celebrity that makes Birmingham their home for a little bit. It’s just a short walk away and is something just to make your stay that much more comfortable.

Distance : 5 minutes walk

Style : Luxury, stylish, top end.



The team behind Bloc have been close friends of Aktar for many years and their first hotel was this one. Located just off the leafy St Paul’s Square it has the classic Bloc, Japanese rooms for a quick business trip but now also offers apartment/suites for something more comfortable or for a long weekend stay.

Distance : 5 minutes walk

Style : Comfortable, convenient, leafy surroundings



Our local small independent hotel situated right on St Paul’s Square just a short walk away. They also have a great little bar and restaurant for breakfast or lunch and is a great place to stay to enjoy the jewellery quarter. Great in the sunshine too if you’re lucky enough to get some.

Distance : 5 minutes walk

Style : Boutique, independent, comfortable



You literally can not stay closer to OPHEEM, situated just behind us and around the corner. Super convenient with its own parking in a city that struggles. Great for somewhere to rest your head after a long meal and kind to the bank balance.

Distance : 30 seconds

Style : Budget, convenient, very convenient


Birmingham drink scene has as much to shout about as our food scene with some incredible pubs and cocktail bars in the city. Some firm favourites of our team and some exceptional drinks that are world celebrated for either a little drink before your arrival or somewhere to pop into afterwards if you fancy a change of scenery.



Located in Digbeth, owners Matt & Eve are a great asset to the city and have the accolades to show for it. Matt won UK’s World Class competition and was pipped to the post with 2nd for the Global Competition in 2023. Ranked as one of the best bars in the country, it’s comfortable and offers beautiful cocktails as well as a great brunch on the weekends too if you’re not too full.


The epitome of classy neighbourhood cocktail bar. Couch is in Stirchley, a fantastic up and coming area of Birmingham’s hospitality scene, and was in the Observers Top20 bars in the world to look out for just 6 months after opening. It’s super conversational but the drinks pack a punch with depth of flavour. One of Aktar’s favourites on the odd chance he gets a Sunday off.


Local friends of OPHEEM, Aman the sole bartender and owner is a stone’s throw from the restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter behind a black door you will miss even if you know where you’re going. It’s intimate, dark and moody inside but full of happy chat. Winning Best Gin Bar in the World in 2018, you’ll find a huge selection of well picked gin but assured over the last few years they have focused on mixed drinks.



Another little bar that packs a huge punch. Owner Rob Wood has helped develop the city’s incredible cocktail scene over the last decade and is considered a drinks savant. This offering is inspired by Japanese culture and flavours, offering drinks very much suited for those who enjoy Michelin star restaurants. Punchy and memorable.



Every city has a Shakespeare pub and one of ours is just next door. We love it dearly. In the summer, it’s a beautiful little sun trap and the General Manager is a great friend with two beautiful dogs. It’s a firm favourite for a quick drink in a proper pub or somewhere to relax with a pint or glass of wine after a long hearty meal with us.



It might not always look it but Birmingham has a great deal to offer and we’ve been proud to help put it on the map. With an incredible food & drinks scene (which you can find our favourites in a section below), there is also an incredible selection of things to do if you just want to see what our city has to offer.


As Brummies we do like to jokingly brag that we have “more canals than Venice…”. Although true, we also have more abandoned bin bags and shopping trolleys than we imagine Venice does too. HOWEVER, the canals in the City Centre are lovely and just swing past Opheem itself so can make for a lovely walk if you’re here for the weekend or just find yourself with a spare few hours to kill.

Head towards Brindley Place and the Arena and follow the Mailbox for a really chilled and picturesque view of the city with some nice little stop-offs too.

For the more adventurous, you can continue the Canal walk towards Selly Oak after the mailbox too! This was a regular occurrence for us while filling the gaps of the first lockdown.


We have some fantastic museums that are hidden in plain site right in the middle of the City Centre. The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery itself takes up 9 spots around Victoria Square where you can admire the Town Hall as well as the Floozie in Jacuzzi. Having undergone several years of refurbishment, the museums are exceptional and show a glimpse into the city’s past as well as showing off some the country’s finest architecture.

The Birmingham City Library on Centenary Square is another great shout and also has the Shakespeare Room right on the roof for something unique to the city as well as showcasing some great views.

All conveniently located just 5 minutes away from each other.


The Bullring itself is a now statement part of our city’s landscape and proves a great draw to the city and offers some of the finer brands for you to treat yourself too. It doesn’t end there though as we are still the city of 1000 Trades and you can find a plethora of independent shops offering something unique or you can drop to the infamous Jewellery Quarter to see what has been described as a ‘National Treasure’ for anybody after something shiny.

We also have Europe’s biggest Primark…


Most people wouldn’t think of visiting Birmingham to experience the wonders of nature but just outside the city we have some great places to enjoy a nice walk. Whether it’s the Lickey Hills, Sandwell Valley Park or even as far as Clent. These are the places our team would go to get away from the city centre and they’re not too far away!