There’s nothing quite like some quality time with your BFFs. Whether you’ve known each other since you were small, are uni besties, or you’re just forming a lasting friendship; some time away is the perfect chance to have some fun and make the most of one another. It can be a challenge to get everyone you want to spend time with together at the same time. Therefore, a weekend away is a great tactic; you can book something in advance so that everyone has it in their diary, or it can be a last minute night-out decision that leads to a bit of travel and a lovely getaway.
The UK is full of exciting place to see and explore, and it boasts some beautiful cities that would make your weekend of frolics one to remember. City breaks are the ideal way to spend a weekend; you’ll never be stuck for something to do, eat, see, or enjoy, and there’ll be an array of accommodation options for all budgets. It sounds like it’s time to sort out a new Whatsapp group and begin the planning process (which will basically be your travel tickets and somewhere to sleep). You might want to book a table in a restaurant, or tickets to see something you’d all enjoy, or perhaps it’s all about the retail therapy. The following are some ideas and inspiration from three of the UK’s most vibrant cities, where you’ll never be stuck for something to pop on Instagram.
You’re probably not thinking why is London so popular? And, if you are, where have you been hiding? The UK’s capital is overflowing with everything you could possibly want from your girly city escape. Whether you want to book in for afternoon tea in Sketch and get some of the pinkest Instagram pictures of your life, or you’ve been dying to see (and sing along to) Wicked; London is a playground for all age groups. If you are going with specific activities in mind; it’s a smart idea to book in advance so that you can avoid any disappointment. However, you can also spend a couple of days wandering around independents; shopping and brunching to your heart’s content.
Even though Birmingham is right in the centre of the UK, and considered its second city; it’s often overlooked as a travel destination. However, the city is a vibrant mix of culture, retail, food venues and bars. With an exciting street food scene at venues like Digbeth Dining Club and fun to be had at places like Ghetto Golf and Hip Hop Brunch; you’ll never go hungry, or be stuck for something alternative to enjoy. The Bullring offers an array of shops, including a vast Selfridges; full of potential treats for those who are feeling spendy.
Those who have visited or lived in Manchester will keep returning and recommending it to others; it’s a friendly city, with a healthy mix of big brands and emerging independents. Head to the Northern Quarter for Victorian charm, cocktail bars, and independent shops. You’ll also be able to find some of the most Insta-worthy accommodation in this area of the city.
Now, it’s time to book something, and up your weekend plans!