In Birmingham city centre you wouldn't think you'd be able to find a tranquil (and free) space where you can watch boats go by, and enjoy a glass of wine as well as the sunset. Well, you'd be wrong because Birmingham's canals are some of the serene and relaxed parts of Birmingham; they run through Brindley Place, through to the cool Mailbox, and beyond.
I recently took my niece down to the canals because she loves the water, not for a swim (of course not) but for a ride along the canal via The Floating Coffee Company cafe.
The Floating Coffee Company boat is technically called George - the narrowboat, and is one of the more modern vehicle of transport which travels up and down the canal. The floating cafe over a great selection of breakfast and lunchtime options, but what was so fun however, was grabbing lunch on a boat. My niece was in her element on the less than solid surface; although anchored in Brindley Place, the canal tends to bob ever so slighty, and offers a great view of the other barges, not to mention the ducks which said hello, much to her delight.
My niece and I both enjoyed a generous lunch of British grub favourites. Considering it's a floating coffee company we didn't smell much coffee, but the scent of eggs, toast, tomatoes and potatoes, as well as cake.
For two lunches, three drinks, and a dessert (to share), I paid £20.00, which I think is very reasonable. Children of all ages are welcome, and there are comfortable squashy seats, which make for easy sitting if you stay for more than one meal. Little ones love the canals - my niece did anyway.