Birmingham from below

In our super picture quiz we ask how well you know Birmingham’s landmarks and whether you can recognise them from an image taken from Google UnderEarth and at least six foot under.
Here are six famous Birmingham buildings and sites – some better known than others, the challenge is to see how many of these landmarks you recognise. Click reveal for the answers.

How many of them did you get? Tell us with the hashtag #brumfrombelow

1. His Lordly domain


The Lord Whitby Room at the new Library of Birmingham, with the Lord himself sitting in residence. Taken from three floors underneath, if you squint hard you can just recognise Mike himself with his trousers round his ankles.

2. Double sided sticky


Yes, it’s the dancefloor of the recently closed Snobs nightclub, and it’s just as sticky from below as it was from above. Soon this space will be the latest outlet of an edgy independent coffee chain, but for now we can still revel in the nostalgia as we view Snobs from below.

3. I can see your house from down here


It’s a long way up to the top if you want to rock and roll, and as Cliff Richard would know – it’s a long way to the top of Alpha Tower. This is the view from a few metres beneath the underground car park, underneath it.

4. Bottom’s up!


If you don’t recognise the view, you’ll certainly recognise the smell of sweaty men, scratchings and a lovely pint of mild at the Wellington.

5. The biggest in Europe, outside the country of origin


Watch out for leaks! Yes, this is the view from beneath Aphrodite at the Waterhole in Victoria Square during last year’s German market.

6. Digby Jones’s Locker


Council owned pools are yesterdays news. This photo shows the changing room at the newly privatised Wyndley baths in Sutton Coldfield where Lord Digby Jones of the free market has been given a gold-plated cupboard to store his underskaters while he’s swimming because he plays golf with the owner.

How many of them did you get? Tell us with the hashtag #brumfrombelow

Author: Howard Wilkinson

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.

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