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What's inside Birmingham's new £150m Resorts World?

Written by
Shaun Curnow

At 10am on Wednesday October 21, Birmingham's new £150 million shopping, leisure and restaurant experience Resorts World opened its doors to the public. 

Built right next to the NEC, the 12-storey, 538,000 square foot venue has a design based on a cruise ship and can accommodate around 12,000 visitors. Inside you'll find 18 bars and restaurants, 33 outlet stores, a cinema, casino, spa and hotel.

Want to find out more? Here's what you need to know:

What shops are there?
On opening day, two thirds of the 51 shops and restaurants will be ready to go, with the remainder opening over the coming weeks.

While this isn't the place to go if you want indie retailers, big brands like Gap, H&M, Nike, Next, Bench, New Balance, The Body Shop and The North Face all have discount outlet stores, with stuff on sale for 30-70% less than the usual RRP. You can see all the stores here.

Where can I go to drink?
There'll be a number of places to drink when they all open on October 26. First up is The World Bar, where you'll find more than 40 different craft beers.

Alternatively, you can enjoy European, Australasian and Pan-Asian cuisine at Robata Bar & Grill, or an American drinking experience at High Line New York Bar & Lounge.

There's also the well-equipped Sports Bar and the Sky Bar – a sophisticated cocktail bar on the top floor of the complex, designed around a teppanyaki grill.

The Sky BarGenting Hotel

Where can I go to eat?
Visitors can get a bite to eat at Las Iguanas, Pizza Express, Waters Restaurant or TGI Friday. There's also Patisserie Valerie, where you can grab a coffee and cake.

And there's a casino, too?
Yep, a little slice of Las Vegas has arrived in Brum. The Genting International Casino, which will open on Monday October 26, will feature state-of-the-art gaming machines offering American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, three-card Poker, electronic roulette and slot machines with a jackpot of up to £20,000.

There's also a card room where tournaments can be held and two luxury 'salon privees' rooms for private, high-stakes games.

Within the casino, you'll also find the aforementioned Sports Bar, the Fahrenheit Grill and a coffee bar. 

Genting International Casino

And what about the cinema?
The 11-screen Cineworld boasts a curved IMAX screen, offering a cutting-edge movie experience. The cinema opens on Friday October 23, just in time for the release of the latest James Bond film 'Spectre'.

In future, the Cineworld will live stream theatre, ballet and opera on the big screen, too!

Is there anything else to do?
There's the boutique Genting Hotel for out of towners, while anyone can enjoy the Medispa facilities, which come complete with a 15-metre pool, gym and a host of spa treatments and therapies. 

Plus, the Birmingham NEC is just a stone's throw away...

MedispaGenting Hotel

Resorts World, Pendigo Way, Birmingham, B40 1NT. Find out more here

On the subject of new buildings, take a look at some pictures of the recently opened New Street station.

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