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BLOC Hotel & The Electric Cinema Date Night!

About a month or so ago Nanny Kim spotted an awesome summer hotel and cinema deal in Birmingham, and within minutes I'd booked in for Warren and I to head to my home town for his 36th birthday. BLOC Hotel have teamed up with The Electric (a very quirky cinema a stone's throw from the centre of Brum) to offer a night's stay for two people, a taxi to the Electric, two cinema tickets and £10 bar tab, all for £65 (ends 31st August 2017)!

It's such a bargain and both venues are outstanding, so it's hard to say no to such a great deal. The Electric has such a special place in our hearts, from hosting my Dad's charity event all those years ago in association with Macmillan, to hearing all the tales of my Father and Tom, the proprietor, as the historical cinema was revamped and re-imagined before it opened again in 2004.

We arrived in Birmingham on Friday afternoon and headed straight to Mission Burrito. After a tasty lunch it was time to find Bloc and check-in. Bloc is located within the picturesque area known as the Jewellery Quarter, one of our favourite places to have a decent night out! 

We found it pretty easily, but parking was a bit of an issue due to the height of Warren's van. We ended up using an outdoor council run car park about a five minute walk from the hotel. When we arrived we were greeted by super friendly staff, given our room key and all the finer details of the cinema deal. I'm such a worrier, but BLOC have it all sorted and before we knew it a taxi had been arranged and it was time for us to get ready!

We were upgraded to an apartment for our stay (not part of the cinema and hotel offer), and I have to say, they are well worth the money! With a sink, fridge and all the bits you'd need in their mini kitchen as well as a sofa, table and TV in the main part of the room, you can spread out, relax and enjoy! We didn't want to leave once we'd arrived!

In the bedroom there was another TV as well as touch-screen controls and an en-suite bathroom with sink, toilet and shower. It was very plush indeed! 

We relaxed in style, I loved the monochrome style and how they've branded different items in the apartment, such as the light shade and mugs, it felt so detailed and really in keeping with their bold yet simplistic branding.

Time flew and it was soon time to get our taxi to The Electric. We literally hopped in after giving the driver our name and off we went. We had a lovely chat with the driver, he was so friendly and helpful!

The Electric is just one of those super cool places everybody needs to go during their lifetime. It's so different and quirky, and their passion for film is beyond obvious. We were so excited to be back, it's a place that reminds us of my Dad and his dedication to film, and it was so fab to see his DVD on sale in the foyer. 

We handed over our voucher (handed to us at Bloc reception) and received our tickets and a £10 tab. It felt really special and as we made our way to the screen we couldn't help but get excited to see the movie! We watched It Comes at Night, and it was quite a jumpy one. I also cried a few times too, something I don't often do with horrors (actually I do haha!). 

The Electric has so much charm, and the staff are so friendly, we were pretty sad when we had to leave.

We had such a great time, and afterwards we headed to Handmade Burger Co for some delicious dinner. Later we met with my very best friend and her lovely boyfriend for a couple of drinks in the Jewellery Quarter and then back to our hotel.

As soon as our heads hit the pillow it was morning and time for a cuppa in the cute kitchen before we checked out and tried out Browns Brasserie & Bar before heading home.

We had a fantastic stay in Birmingham and we were really sad to leave. I think if this fab deal is still available in the future we will definitely book again!

This was a great way to start our monthly date nights out, so much fun and fantastic company.


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