These are exciting times for Leicester. A £3 billion regeneration drive has put the city firmly on the map as a destination for shopping, entertainment and culture. New cultural, retail, and business quarters have invigorated the city centre – and the work hasn’t stopped, with plans to develop the canal’s waterside now underway. It really is a city on the move.
Leicester also has one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan populations in the country. This diversity gives the city a well-earned reputation for tolerance and respect.
Set in the heart of some of the finest countryside in the Midlands, rural life is little more than a ten-minute drive away.
A cultural player
Recent investment means Leicester is now a real cultural player. The city holds the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India and has more than 240 places of worship. The iconic Curve theatre is a truly world-class venue for the performing arts whilst, Phoenix Square, a stunning state-of-the-art film and digital media centre, has also opened in the last few years. Also of note is the National Space Centre, where you can have a truly “out-of-this-world” experience.
The city’s music and club scene is also thriving. Venues on the national gigging circuit include The Shed, Musician and De Montfort Hall. Movie-goers will feel they are being spoiled at the Highcross 12-screen Cinema de Lux multiplex. Leicester College is also getting in on the entertainment act with its 250-seat city centre arts centre, Upper Brown Street, which is not only used as a venue for its performing arts training but also as a live music venue.
Shop until you drop
Leicester is now rivalling the traditional powerhouses of Nottingham and Birmingham as a shopping destination. Our Highcross shopping centre has 120 high profile shops including John Lewis, Next, Hugo Boss, Apple, Debenhams and House of Fraser.
There’s more to the retail quarter than Highcross, with a pedestrianised centre packed with high street stores, plenty of independent shops in The Lanes and of course, Leicester’s famed covered market which is the largest in Europe. In addition, on the outskirts of the city is Fosse Park, a major retail park.
The Golden Mile is a stretch of the Belgrave Road which was described as “the closest that Britain comes to an Indian bazaar” by the Daily Telegraph. It is renowned for its authentic Indian restaurants, sari shops and jewellery.
Location, Location, Location
Leicester is very much at the heart of the country with excellent links to all parts of the UK. London St Pancras International is just 70 minutes away by train – and a quick change at St Pancras onto the Eurostar means you could be in the centre of Paris in just over four hours.
East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away by car, and the M1 and M69 motorways mean road travel to and from the city is quick and easy.
For further information about Leicester and Leicestershire please visit goleicestershire.com