February 4, 2019

Attention all lurrrvers!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and what better place to spend it than right here in Kings Heath? Think outside the box this year and delve into the ever-growing number of independent shops along our high street, or treat your loved one to a night on the town and make it one to remember as you sink a fancy cocktail or old-fashioned ale. There is romance-a-aplenty in Kings Heath, and our top tips for how to spend this Valentine’s Day the right way will give you the certified title of the best lover there ever was.

First of all, there’s the gift… what do you buy for someone you love so dearly? King’s Heath’s shops are filled with all sorts of goodies that would fit the mark, and we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you on your way to a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

The People Shop

Voted Birmingham’s best indie shop, The People Shop is bursting full of lovely things from clothing and accessories to homewares and beautiful stationery – find things your loved one didn’t even know they needed but now can’t live without! We particularly love their Ding Ding heavy cotton cushions and mini Dalit candle pots. Find out more via their website, Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram


For something a little more personalised, head to independent jewellers and craft gallery, Enki. Enki will commission just about anything you have in mind for a personalised piece of jewellery, so get your creative caps on and speak to their in-house jeweller and jewellery magician, Faith! They also sell a variety of handcrafted gifts from hand-painted bowls to unique prints which we just can’t get enough of. Visit their website, Instagram or Facebook to find out more.

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Seven Foxes Tattoo

Seven Foxes Tattoo offer tattoo gift cards which would make the perfect Valentine’s gift for those who love a bit of ink! Simply let them know the amount you’d like to put on the gift card and they’ll post it straight to you or your recipient’s door. Easy-peasy! Get clued up on their tatts via their website, Instagram or Facebook.

Top Banana Vintage

If unique is what you’re going for then look no further than Top Banana Vintage. Full to the brim of vintage clothing, shoes and accessories (mostly from USA), you’re guaranteed to find something one-of-a-kind at Top Banana Vintage, and don’t forget to stop at their ladies vintage shop at 8 York Road, Top Banana Too! Become a top banana with the help of their website, Facebook or Instagram

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Now that the gift side of things is covered, it’s time to think about where you would like to wine and dine your one true love…

Grace + James

Did someone say wine and cheese? There’s nothing better than a crisp glass of vino accompanied by a platter of the finest cheeses, meats and olives in a candle-lit setting. If this sounds like a dreamy way to spend Valentine’s Day then get yourself over to Grace + James, who sell wine, local beer, British and European cheese and charcuterie, and they now do vegan ‘sheese’! Visit their website, Instagram or Facebook to find out more.

Black Lab

For the best Espresso Martinis in town, head down to Black Lab. Cosy coffee shop by day, Black Lab transforms into a buzzing cocktail bar by night, serving craft beers, high end spirits, wines and speciality cocktails, and has everything you need for the perfect Valentine’s evening! Cocktail it on up and find out more by visiting their website, Facebook and Twitter.

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If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, Byzantium is your go-to restaurant. Their mix of Spanish and Mediterranean Tapas is bursting with flavour and there’s always so much to choose from. If you’re waiting until Friday to celebrate this year’s V Day, enjoy a free round of flatbread and dips with their Early Bird offer over the weekend… you’re welcome! Find out their opening times or more about the eatery via the website, Facebook and even Twitter

The Juke

Whether you’re choosing your favourite songs together on their 1957 rock-ola jukebox or sampling their ever-changing menu of craft beer, you’re guaranteed to have a cracker of a time at The Juke! Their kitchen residency for February is Koba-Ko Ramen, who serve (you guessed it, ramen), and a number of small plates like their braised beef or marinated tofu with togarashi mayo. Get booking by looking at their Facebook or Twitter

So to make sure your Valentine’s Day is in full-swing, look no further than the wonderful place that is Kings Heath, and thank us later for that certified title…