Make the most out of an hour & reclaim your lunch break with these alternative picks

It’s time to stop taking your lunch break for granted. Step away from your desk and explore the city, it’s amazing what you can pack into an hour.

Featured photo: Verity Milligan 

Visit Outdoor Amphitheatre at The Library of Birmingham

The sky’s the limit at The Library of Birmingham. If you want to truly escape the hustle and bustle of your workplace, this is the place to be to find a bit of peace and quiet. With 10 floors and millions of books to browse through, you might just find something to get your creative juices following. And if the weather’s being kind, take a seat in the outdoor theatre surrounded by stunning gardens to help clear your busy mind.

Go for a Facial at Flint+Flint

Who said that pampering is just for a weekend? Not us! Give yourself a little midday pick-me-up with a luxurious facial at Flint+Flint. This super-stylish ‘anti-spa’ offers a host of indulgent treatments from massages to facials; we suggest you book yourself in for the Mr Flint or Mrs Flint facial, tried and tested by the Style Birmingham team, sure to leave you feeling relaxed, recharged and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Kick back at Cathedral Square

Take your lunch away from your desk and grab some fresh air. Situated in the heart of the Colmore Row Business District, Cathedral Square – also known as Pigeon Park – is surrounded by some fantastic independents, including a couple of our favourites, Damascena and Mexcian street food vendor Habaneros. It’s the perfect spot for plugging in your headphones and relaxing on the glass or exploring the stunning Cathedral.

Check Out New Exhibitions at Ikon Gallery

Inject a bit of culture into your break and take a trip to Ikon Gallery. Tucked away in Brindleyplace, Ikon Gallery showcases some of the very best modern art exhibitions that you can certainly pack into an hour. We suggest you check out the latest exhibition, Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe by UK artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, showing at Ikon until June 10. Take a look at everything on offer at Ikon Galley here.

Explore the independent hot spots at Custard Factory

Filled with everything from independent coffee shops to a cinema, there’s so much to do at Custard Factory. Whizz your way around a golf course with a neon twist at Ghetto Golf before tucking into some delicious food at Caneat or the new kid on the block, Seven Sins Lounge.

Grab a bite to eat

It’s no secret that Birmingham’s home to many incredible independent restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. So instead of visiting the canteen or grabbing a meal deal from a chain supermarket, go and support our incredible local independents. Whether you’re looking for a vegan feast or a delicious burger, there are plenty of places for you to grab a delicious lunch. See some of our favourites, here!

Clear your Mind at Kadampa Meditation Centre

For something a little bit different, why not head to a meditation session? A great way to clear your mind when things get a little too much on those hectic days, Kadampa Meditation Centre in The Postbox – around the back of Mailbox and The Cube – offers a wide range of classes that will fit in perfectly with your lunch break and release some of that work-related stress.

Enjoy Live Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

At the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire you can enjoy a host of events on your lunch break including performances from some of the city’s emerging musicians and actors. After opening its doors last year, you can trust us when we say that the stunning £57million building is worth a visit. Take a look at everything that’s going on here.

Visit the Edwardian Tea Rooms at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

With a host of exhibitions to browse, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is one of the go-to places on our list as it offers a great mix of culture as well as the stunning Edwardian Tea Rooms where you can eat a quick lunch before making your way back to work. Take a look at everything’s that showing at BMAG here.

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