Good things about Leicester

What Makes Leicester a Vibrant and Enjoyable City to Live In

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Britain’s first European Sustainable City, the burial place of King Richard III, home to the National Space Centre and regularly listed in the Top 10 UK cities to live and work in.

It’s also the second-best place in the UK to start a business to boot.

You guessed it; we’re talking about Leicester.

With a lively student scene and the home of many celebrities, including the likes of Julian Barnes, Richard Attenborough, Sue Townsend, Kasabian, Peter Shilton and Gary Linekar, what makes Leicester City such a vibrant and enjoyable place to live in? 


Arts and Culture

The city’s artistic and cultural pedigree is not in doubt.

Its thriving cultural and artistic scene includes museums, galleries, festivals, theatres and plenty of live music events. Creative talent is everywhere. The city even has its own Cultural Quarter, with the Curve Theatre at its heart. 

If music is where your heart lies, Leicester has a lively music scene, from the De Montfort Hall where you’ll see more established faces, to new music sounds in pubs, bars and clubs across the city, including Firebug and The Soundhouse


Shops and Markets

Leicester is a fabulous place to shop, meet friends, socialise and grab a bargain.

Whether it’s independent shops in The Lanes and St Martin’s Square or high street retail at Highcross Shopping Centre, there’s something for every discerning shopper. 

In Leicester’s city centre you’ll find the 800-year-old market. It’s the largest covered outdoor market in Europe and a foodie’s paradise. It’s the place to be if you like artisan cheeses, fish and shellfish, good quality meat and a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables. 


The People

From the Romans to the present day, Leicester has a long history of welcoming new arrivals.

According to the 2011 census, Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and Narborough Road was named the most diverse street in the UK in 2016 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with businesses from 22 countries spread across four continents. 


Open Spaces

There are 130 parks to choose from in and around the city.

Noteworthy mentions go to Victoria Park, in the city centre. Once the city’s racecourse it’s a popular outdoor music destination and a green space close to all the best the city has to offer.

For a wilder outdoor adventure, Watermead Country Park South provides 340 acres of lakes, woodlands and nature reserves, while 168 acre Braunstone Park has open parkland and meadows.


Food and Drink

Leicester’s cafe, restaurant and bar scene is second to none.

There’s a mouthwatering experience on every corner. Start your day with a coffee at The Coffee Counter. For a traditional pub, you can’t go wrong with the Queen of Bradgate and the King’s Head.

Or, head to the Distillers Kitchen where you can learn how to make Gin and sample the produce…whatever your tastes, Leicester has a watering hole to suit every palate. 

Having read all the above, it’s no surprise that Leicester is a vibrant and enjoyable place to live in. Don’t you agree?


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