Eight things you know if you’ve moved to Birmingham from London

Having lived in Birmingham for over four years now, I like to think of myself as an adopted Brummie.

I’m not alone either – 7,771 Londoners moved to Birmingham in 2018, that’s more than 21 a day.

And while I wouldn’t say that moving to the Second City was culture shock in and of itself – I think the two cities are a lot more similar than many would like to admit – there were some things that I did. took a while to get used to.

Here are some of the little differences you notice when moving from London to Birmingham.

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1) Get used to getting off the bus during rush hour

A Birmingham bus.

I’m not often very patriotic about London, but the capital’s two-door system on buses makes perfect sense – one door to enter, one door to exit.

Instead, every morning at rush hour, like a salmon swimming upstream, I find myself making my way to the front of a crowded bus, dodging those who have kindly decided to get on before anything. not everyone had a chance to come down.

I get it, it’s rush hour, and the next bus probably won’t be there for half an hour. But please, I just want to get off.

2) Cheaper pints! (but not by much)

Beer prices have risen sharply since the lockdown.

“How much did you pay for a pint?” ”

I look down, too embarrassed to answer the question.

the the average price of a pint in the capital is £ 5 but many Londoners can guarantee that this is a conservative estimate.

And while a night on the town in Birmingham is indeed cheaper – the average cost of a pint in Birmingham is around £ 4.60 – I would be lying if I said it was as cheap as I thought it would be.

A pub, which will go unnamed, charged me £ 6.30 for a beer the other day! The saddest ? I felt at home.

3) Jack Grealish’s slander will not be tolerated

Jack Grealish has made five appearances for England at the European Championships.

Impressed with Mason Mount’s positional awareness and his ability to run a press? No you are not.

There isn’t much that unites football fans here in Birmingham, but both sides of football were united in the belief that “one of their own” Jack Grealish should be the first name on the sheet. Gareth Southgate’s team for the Euro.

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Here in Birmingham, Grealish was more than England’s No.7 – he was a God. A local superstar.

Any suggestion that Grealish lacked an end product amounted to profanity. And in all fairness, that glorious help for Harry Kane against Germany was enough to appease even his harshest critics – not that he got a lot here anyway.

4) Don’t confuse – and I mean DON’T – confuse Birmingham with Black Country

The Black Country Living Museum was used as a filming location for Peaky Blinders
The Black Country Living Museum was used as a filming location for Peaky Blinders.

I learned this the hard way.

I was at a friend’s family reunion in Cradley Heath and chatted with his grandfather.

“So how long have you lived in Birmingham?” I asked naively.

He was silent for what felt like an eternity before shaking his head in disapproval.

“Ar Bay A Brummie, Arm From The Black Country,” he replied.

I could tell by his tone of voice that I had struck a chord. I apologized and left with my tail between my legs.

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5) The dialect is much warmer than at home

Birmingham and the Black Country have their own dialect and sayings - how many local expressions do you know?
Birmingham and the Black Country have their own dialect.

There is a stereotype in most towns outside the capital that all Londoners are rude.

And while I don’t quite agree, I admit that you can sometimes feel a little hostile.

The Brummies (and you Yam Yams) on the other hand are some of the most welcoming people I have ever met.

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There is a lot of hate about the Brummie accent, but there’s certainly something warm and friendly about it.

Although I admit that there are still a few sentences beyond me. Does anyone want to explain what a miskin is?

6) Be prepared to exchange your brie, pistachio and cranberry baguette for a baked steak

London is the only place in the UK where Pret a Manger is more popular than Greggs which, as you can imagine, hasn’t contributed much to London’s reputation outside the capital.

Dave on Twitter summed it up well: “This is why London is the worst part of the UK.”

Another user was not that nice: “That’s why people don’t like London / London. Look at you, you asshole.”

Tough, but having recently developed an addiction to the Greggs party line, I would say fair.

7) Admit it, Brum is prettier than you think

Gas Street Basin in the early evening light.

“Why would you want to live in Birmingham? “

I was often asked this question when I applied to study here a few years ago.

And having always been voted as one of the ugliest towns in UK, it’s fair to say I was skeptical when I got off the train in New Street.

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But a stroll through the city center is enough to convince you that the reports of Brum’s ugliness have been greatly exaggerated.

Brindley Place and the surrounding canal system are the perfect place for a drink on a hot day. The new library and the recently renovated Chamberlain Square have truly opened up the city center.

And while I would love to see more green spaces in the city, Birmingham has some beautiful green spaces like Cannon Hill Park and Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

8) Don’t tell people you’re from London – it doesn’t end well

Big Ben in London.

Maybe it’s because we’re stuck in our Westminster bubbles, or maybe it’s because we have more Loans than Greggs.

Either way, we Londoners are not a popular band here in Birmingham – or anywhere outside the capital for that matter.

But I really enjoyed my stay here in Brum, although maybe the feeling is not mutual.


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