Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. Also, a major international commercial centre, ranked as a beta− World city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network;and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub. Birmingham Airport, located six miles east of the city centre in the neighbouring borough of Solihull, is the seventh busiest by passenger traffic in the United Kingdom and the third busiest outside the London .It is the most populous British city outside the capital London and lies at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation. Birmingham's metropolitan area, which includes surrounding towns to which it is closely tied through commuting, is also the United Kingdom's second most populous.
Birmingham has two major public art collections. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is best known for its works by the Pre-Raphaelites, a collection "of outstanding importance".Nightlife in Birmingham is mainly concentrated along Broad Street and into Brindleyplace. Outside the Broad Street area are many stylish and underground venues.