The next you find yourself in Birmingham, I highly recommend that you visit The Mailbox. To call the Mailbox a ‘shopping centre’ or a ‘neighbourhood mall’ is an absolute understatement. The Mailbox is a destination in its own right, combining world-class lifestyle, shopping, hospitality, culinary and entertainment experiences under one roof. Not only does it offer something that everyone can look forward to; it is also situated by the canals of the city centre – a fantastic location which is bustling with activity and energy in the evening. Other shopping and business districts such as Grand Central, New Street, High Street, Corporation Street and Brindleyplace are all close-by, less than a ten-minute walk away, so you can really make a day out of it.
The entire experience is made even more seamless by The Mailbox application for mobile phones, which enables users to gain access to exclusive discounts, restaurant reservations and pre-orders. Better yet, the more that you engage with the application, the more personalised your experience at The Mailbox becomes. What more does a girl need?
One of my favourite stores at The Mailbox is undoubtedly Harvey Nichols, which feels like a destination within a destination. In true Harvey Nichols style, the store at The Mailbox offers a luxury shopping experience that is difficult to replicate. Not only does it showcase some of the best brands in fashion, beauty, food and wine (some of which are exclusive to this particular store); it also amps up the retail experience with thoughtful touches across the space, such as the beauty rooms where one can take a break and indulge in a relaxing treatment, and the expert Style Concierge team who can help you find and style some of the season’s hottest trends in fashion and beauty.
If you’re a foodie, you should definitely make time to explore the wonders that you can find at the Harvey Nichols Food Market, which houses a specially-selected collection of fine foods. Stock up on everything from delectable chocolates for the holiday season to healthy treats for January, and from difficult-to-find ingredients to wines from across the world. It is truly an adventure!
And when you get tired of the shopping and the munchies kick in, you can take a seat at the in-store restaurant and treat yourself to some delicious food from a menu that has been specially curated by the Michel-star chef Glynn Purnell. The first thing that stands out about the restaurant is the atmosphere – it feels premium yet homely and upscale yet approachable, with modern décor and a cosy feel that is difficult to achieve in such a high-end, stylish setting. And of course, the food is absolutely on point as well, featuring fresh ingredients (many of which are sourced locally) that give rise to exquisitely fresh flavours. Whether you want to stop by for an afternoon tea with some scones, or have a full-fledged meal with close friends or family, the restaurant is the cherry on top when it comes to the Harvey Nichols at The Mailbox experience – you don’t want to miss out on this!