Leicesters Great places and things:
London road railway station: with its listed frontage of which the signs don't make sence now.
New walk muesuem: with the mummys and dinosaws, a great one to see.
The prison: with very large walls in the south side of Leicester, actually looking like a castle.
The hospital: very big and covers the whole of Leicestershire with its A&E department.
Castle Park: looking at the roman grounds and what things use to be like.
BBC radio Leicester, the studio which you can go in to see them broadcasting their show live.
Dominoes Toys: Midlands favourite toy store and Britians largest independant toy store!
Highcross: with its 12 screen cinema de lux and 3,000 parking spaces and the largest John Lewis outside of London. This is a great addition to the old Shires.
Town hall: with the flying lions as part of a water fountain, a great place to spend your lunch break.
Charles Street: the city's main road with all the bus routes pulling in to stop there.
Belgrave road, populated by the Asian community and its many jewellery stores, also being known as the golden mile.
Belgrave hall: said to be the most haunted place in Britain, also visited by Living TV's Most Haunted.
The great central railway, having 4 stops with its tradition steam train.
Space Centre, future all in one place and learn all about space.
Abbey Park: Leicester's Abbey as it was, now being the largest newest park in Leicester, having all sorts to do for all ages.
I have lived around the Leicester area for my whole life and have have mixed views on it. To put it politely there is a very eclectic mix of people shall i say, it was the first place in the UK where ethnic minorities occupied more than 50% of the cities residencies. However i feel that is a good thing and adds a lively mix of people, and there are some great restaurant in the city due to this. Shopping in the city is currently undergoing a face lift as the inner city is being completely redeveloped. The city has the big players like House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer etc to go with the smaller local shops and fashion boutiques like Scotneys. There is a very good Rugby team in the city, the Tigers, who have been very successful over the years and are a much better side to follow than the rubbish football! Overall a decent city, however perhaps a little grubby.
Princess Charlotte - Leicester. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The Princess Charlotte is a small little indie rock music venue, in Leicester. As anyone that has read any of my music ops will know I tend to enjoy my punk and indie rock genres. This place caters for most styles of rock music, ranging from poppy types all the way through to thrashy industrial death metal. LOCATION. ^^^^^^^^^ Firstly before I say anything about the club/venue, I really should let you into a bit of information about the general area. We are dead centre of the country, in the Midlands, Leicester is the furthest place from the sea! The city has two main Universities and a few collages, so during term time the area is full of students, this probably explains why there are quite as many pubs as there are, in fact on just two smallish streets we have over 12 different pubs, great amount of choice! The city has a large multiracial population, which hasn't ever caused any trouble like it has in other cities. The people are generally very nice, although like in any area there are a few people that are not as nice as others. One of the biggest problems with the city is the lack of good live music venues, there are only three main ones which pull in some big bands then there are a few that get all the local Leicester talent. So after that little look around the city we are back at the venue, waiting with baited breathe to see what is on offer... THE VENUE ^^^^^^^^^ The Charlotte is a fairly small, in fact tiny, little venue, it only holds 400 people, but somehow this place seems to pick up some of the up and coming talent just before they hit the big time. It is quite hard to find as it is in a part of the city which is generally only offices, but it is only a 5 minute walk from the centre. When you do finally find it, it is a pretty nondescript little building, f
ormally just an ordinary little town pub, which had a back room where bands played, it has since been changed to a dedicated music venue. This at first caused the place to loose some of its atmosphere, but has recently started to become a very nice place to visit. When you first enter the venue, you are greeted with a dark dingy looking type place, with lots of different band flyers on the walls, you will either love this dark feel (Like I do) or you'll find it a bit dirty looking. On your right hand side is a nice sized bar, which normally has a good amount of bar staff, so not too long a wait to get your beverages! The bar is always fully stocked with most varieties of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, giving a great choice when in need of a hard drink! Just past the bar is a small seating area, but expect this to be filled quite soon before gigs. Then we have the most stupidly placed sound desk, it is slap bang in the middle of the room, meaning that the venue looses a lot of the capacity it could have had. Then right in front is the stage, this is a small stage compared with most around the country, but it seems to work okay for the bands that use it so it must be okay, and it means you are always able to see the band, without having to buy any binoculars! The toilets are to your right, and I can only mention the Mens (Obviously) but they are very small, and can get crowded, but are generally very clean. Upstairs there is a small chill out room and another little bar and a cloak room to leave your coats etc. THE NIGHTS ^^^^^^^^^^ There is a band on almost every night (More about these later), after the band there is normally a night club which opens till 2am. These club nights range from Drum and bass themed nights to Alternative rare rock nights, There are nights based on the retro theme, giving a good chance to hear some 60's music. These are normally about 2
pound to enter, or free if you have been to see a band. The sound quality for these is spot on, giving an almost live sound. The amount of people that attend these nights really varies depending on the band, but it is generally quite well attended. Every Monday night is a showcase for local talent, although some other bands sometimes sneak in!! This is free with a voucher from the local newspaper, and you can sometimes find some very good hidden gems on this night, such as when Muse played a free gig. THE BANDS ^^^^^^^^^ The sort of band that usually visits this venue are your up and coming acts, that may at the time not be very well known but some have gone on to stardom. Some bands that have visited over the years include Oasis, Offspring, Feeder, Ash, Greenday, Blink 182, Basically any well known guitar based band has played this venue at some time in their history. I have been to see various bands here, some i knew about and lots i didn't, but the quality is normally good. There are lots that i have regretted not going to, such as Stereophonics and Muse just before they hit the big time. But i have been lucky to see such great acts as Mr T Experience and Redd Kross! Basically it can be hit or miss, but most nights there is a band that you will like,even if you didn't know them before. Some nights are all ages, meaning anyone can enter regardless of age, but obviously you have to prove your age for buying Alcohol. Other nights are over 18 only. There are also a few All Day gigs, these are basically once a month, or on Bank holidays, this could be a bit of a long day, but are cheap and offer a lot of decent bands. PRICES ^^^^^^ These vary depending on the artist but range from Free Entry to about 10 pound, although most are around 5 pounds, again sometimes you can be lucky and see a very good act for a low price, when i saw Feeder it
was only 2 pound, which was very good seeing as they were quite well known at the time. The drinks are pretty good, basically Leicester prices, about a pound lower than London. There are always offers on beer and other drinks, such as buy one get one free, or pound a pint offers. So it can be a very cheap night. Most bands sell some merchandise such as CDs and T-Shirts these are generally a lot cheaper than in the shops, and you can pick up some quite rare stuff. OVERALL ^^^^^^^ I wasted a lot of my teenage years in this venue, and have seen it change from small town pub to dedicated music venue, and it has always produced a good cheap night out, so I would recommend anyone that is visiting Leicester to try to catch a band here. For listings check out the website at www.thecharlotte.co.uk Thanks for reading Please leave any comments. Kyle
I'm 29 years old. For 28 of those years I lived in Leicester. I was born in Leicester, on the Braunstone council estate. I grew up surrounded by Leicester people, I spent my teenage years discovering pubs and clubs in Leicester city centre, I was educated and worked for a long time in Leicester. The thing that confuses me about Leicester is why it took me 28 years to get round to leaving the place. Leicester is a hole. A sad, wide gap in the M1. Lets talk about Leicester people in general (yes - I am one of them. But I consider myself to be one of the few exceptions.). Leicester people are rude, unhelpful, two faced and arrogant. Their children, especially the ones from the council estates (and lets face it - thats everywhere in Leicester. Its one BIG council estate.), start comitting crimes as soon as they are old enough to wear a tracksuit. And they usually stick to crimes against the person, in and around the city centre. So if you're planning a trip to Leicester any time soon, be prepared to have your wallet stolen at knife point by some spotty psycho and his ten underage mates. I've been robbed three times in Leicester and burgled twice. Just about everyone I know in Leicester has had some trouble of this kind at some point. OK - lets talk about things to do in Leicester. Well, theres some nice parks: Castle park, Abbey park and Victoria park all of which are close to the centre. All of which will be crowded with tramps, beggars and the above mentioned fifteen year old pyschos as soon as theres a hint of sun. And they'll all be drinking, carrying knives/screwdrivers, and looking for trouble. Oh Joy! Right, pubs in Leicester. For a town that has a disproportionate amount of bars, the amount of pubs worth going to in Leicester is laughable. Just so you know - Check out Nasca and Nine Bar on Narborough Road. Also The Orange Tree on High Street and Fat Cats on Belvoir Street. Avoid the rest like the plague. All
of the others are either 'chain bars' like Bar Risa, or savagely territorial pubs populated with, yes you guessed it, fifteen year old psychos (with the added bonus of their dads! hooray!). Nightclubs - Check out Goodbye Cruel World at Mosquito Coast on saturday nights. In on high street and isn't hard to find. Don't go anywhere else. You WILL get hassled. On a more positive note, there is a lot of history in Leicester. Leicester is over 2000 years old and was originally an iron age settlement. The Romans used it as a major trading point throughout their rule, calling the place Ratae. If you look close enough you can still find ancient ruins in leicester - Danes Hill on Fosse Road, St Mary de Castro Church near Castle Park, Abbey Park etc. Leicester is a place that suffers from a large amount of small minded people and a local council that doesn't know its arse from its elbow. Look at the counsellors who've served in Leicester - Keith Vaz (liar) being a prime example. The council has a nasty habit of being thrifty throughout the financial year and then rushing spending on pointless rubbish (such as the roadworks close to Castle Park intended to 'aid congestion'. They've made congestion worse.) so that they can meet their spending limit and therefore justify requiring the same amount, or more, from the government the next year. One final thing: My housemate, Mike, changed trains last weekend at Leicester on his way from Manchester to Cheltenham. He had a 4 minute gap before his train arrived at Leicester station. Within those 4 minutes, a group of lads came out of nowhere and tried to rob him at knifepoint. Don't ever go to Leicester. Please.
Who knows about Leicester? Who care about Leicester? Nobody, really. It's a city with a fairly low profile, whose name doesn't exactly send shivers of excitement running up and down anyone's spine. Probably the only times people hear of it is when buying cheese or going to their building society. Well, I know about Leicester - and I care, *and* I love it. I'm kind of glad it elicits such a feeling of indifference because I think it's one of England best-kept secrets. It's like a pocket-sized big city, brimming with attractive streets to explore and arcades stuffed full of tiny little independent shops - a refreshing change to the tide of boring chains that make every city look the same. Leciester has those too, but in the form of The Shires, one of very, very few shopping centres to attempt to fit in with neighbouring buildings, rather than imposing itself on the townscape with all the subtlety of an air raid. The most appealing aspect of Leicester is its scale and its 'vibe'. It's a human-sized city, not so big and bustling enough so as to be exhausting, nor so small and town-like so as to be dull. It's a perfect compromise for those who want city life to be enjoyable and not a chore. It's also a green city which prides itself on its environmental credentials. Although it does have the dreaded Midlands ring road syndrome, Leicester is a great place to hang out. Compared to its rivals, it may lack the prestige, the buzz, the wealth and the grandeur of Nottingham, but it knocks Coventry into a cocked hat. For visitors to the city, I'd recommend ambling into town from the station along New Walk, and take it from there.
-> In general Leicester holds a very cosmopolitan atmosphere and in general is a relaxed place to dwell. There are things to do there to suit everyone’s interests. The main qualm about Leicester is the fact that it does always seem to rain, guess that’s just Britain for you! -> Eating out Finding somewhere to eat in Leicester is never a problem, so long as you like curry. Not really only joking! Leicester has a curry house for everyday of the year and there are some damn fine ones too! I’d recommend the Spice Garden located on Upperton Road (Off Narborough Road aka ‘Student Land’). The are many pubs in the town center that offer all day food. With there being two universities (Leicester uni and De Montfort uni) there is good competition among the pubs for special offers on food and drink. -> Shopping There are two main shopping centers in Leicester, the Haymarket and the Shires. The Haymarket is okay; it has a Tkmax, MVC and Woolworth’s. The Shires is bigger and better including many such as the Gadget Shop, Spencer’s, Boots, WHSmiths, many clothes shops, Virgin, Music Box etc . . . In the high street are the basic shops that comprise any city -> Marks and Sparks, Ann Summers, Our Price, Boots, WHSmiths, HMV and New Look to name but a few. Leicester is easy to walk around, there being 4 main roads to shop on. Leicester does hold a good number of alternative stores that offer more original but more expensive products. There was a great arcade called the silver arcade but unfortunately that has recently closed down. Outside of Leicester is Fosse Park which is a retail park, this offers a number of large stores. A bus service is provided to and from Fosse Park. -> Pubs & Clubs Depending on what genre of music you’re in to of course but Leicester offers a wide range of clubs. Fanclub and Oxygen are responsible for the indie / roc
k element while mainstream dance clubs such as Industria, Kudos and Zanzibar are there for ‘townies’. ‘Pub-wise’ the situation is the same there are rock pubs and towny pubs and also neutral places such as The Walkabout Inn (An Australian style pub) and the JD Weatherspoons pubs where anyone can go and feel comfortable. -> Entertainment In Leicester there is an Odeon and a Warner Bros. cinema, which offer up-to-date films. There is also the Phoenix Arts Center that puts on plays and original films; for example films there were banned from the cinemas such as Natural Born Killers. -> Sports Facilities Leicester could do with a decent swimming pool and an affordable sport center. There is Livingwells but it is very expensive for a student like me to be a member. Filbert Street offers Premiership football and in all fairness the tickets are reasonable (Student tickets £10).
Leicester is a lively city, which is filled with friendly folk. I go regularly, and live very close. The shopping facilities are very good, offering many shopping centres with easy access. Leicester is easy to get to via it's train station, which is situated very close to the centre of the city. There are often events which can be enjoyed by families or just groups of friends, such as fairs and things like that. The DeMonfort university is excellent and offers a wide range of courses for students. All in all, Leicester isn't the best city in the world, but it comes damn close!!
Leicester has been around since the 1800 and was an impotant roman settlement. The city was built here because it was a crossing point on the river soar. The saxons came and from then on Leicester's population has grown tremendously and it is still kicking today. In fact Leicester is still growing. The city is known as the heart of england because it is vaguely shaped like a heart and it is located in the middle of leicester. The city is good and has a cool city centre. There are plenty of shops and places for you to go. This city is good.
leicester is not my favourite city. I live in the middle of a triangle of Nottingham Leicester and Derby, and Leicester is not may favourite to visit. The main reason I don't like Leicester is that there is no real layout to the shops. They are miles apart and you spend ages trekking from one end of the town centre to the other just to visit the shops you want. It is also very easy to get lost, becasue of the sprawling nature of the layout of the shops. It takes a very long time for you to become familiar with the general layout; even the tiny alleyways which run off the market place take a while to become ingrained in your head. It seems like a very old fashioned town layout and many of the streets are dark and pokey. There is also a real element of bad-tempered people who accost you in the street when you are shopping, shouting and swearing. These people seem to be about mainly over the weekday lunch period and are less in existence at weekends. They also seem to frequent the market place. There are also a large number of tramps on the edge of Leicester, especially near the train station and court area around New Walk, so expect to be asked for money if you go to these areas Once you know your way around, Leicester isn't too bad, but I would still prefer Nottingham as it is cleaner, more modern and better laid out.
I was born in Leicester 30 years ago, and have moved about a lot. But I have to say, Leicester is always home. The culture is extremely diverse, with one of the largest asian communities in the Country, The Golden Mile along Melton Road is full of Sahri shops, sweet shops and wonderful Indian jewellery. The Divalli celebrations in October are fantastic. We also have a large Carribean culture, and the Carribean festival in August is the second largest in Europe. The smell of Jerk Chicken around Victoria Park is enough to convert even the hardiest vegetarian! Ans lets not forget the Irish community. If you've never experienced a Paddy's Day in Molly O'Grady's you've not lived. The city centre is growing daily, with new pubs and restaurants fitting into every spare space they can find. Leicester will be a 24 hour city within 10 years. There are also the great museums, for the historically minded. With the Newark, The Jewery Wall, and Abbey park ruins, to name a few, there's always something to see. And as for shopping - well what can I say. Stray away from the main shopping complexes (the shires, the haymarket, and Gallowtree Gate) and you will find the most wonderful little shops. From the trendy St Martins Square, to the newly-restored victorian Silver Arcade, there is something for everyone. Easy to get to by road or rail, Leicester will always be home to me.
I've just moved to Leicester from Southampton and I have to say that I love it here. I'm from Stoke originally anyway, but Leicester is as much home now as Stoke ever was. Theres a great selection of shops in the city centre catering for almost every taste, and there;s so many great secondhand shops along Narborough Road and King Richards Road that I love browsing in. The takeaways here are really cheap as well - a bucket of chicken from our local takeaway could last us 3 days there's so much in it! The people here are really friendly as well - it's a bit of a nightmare doing the shopping with two babies in tow because everyone wants to stop and say hello to them! The Shires centre is the main shopping precinct, but there's a load more shops in the city centre as well that are great. There;s always a bargain to be had somewhere. There are some bad areas as in every city, but Leicester seems really laid back - to the point of being horizontal. The pace of life seems a lot less frantic here. For anyone moving up from the South that are a bit worried about moving to the midlands - don;t be. It's a great place to live, everyone is really friendly and the house prices are a bargain!
I lived in Leicester for over five years, and absolutely loved every minute of it. Leicester is a city that is neither to big nor to small, it is big enough to hold a plethora of nightclubs varying from heavy metal and grunge to the regular townie club. Less to hazard very large ethnic community and the city is much enhanced because of it. Every type of religious festival is celebrated with gusto, even the Hindu festival of light has the largest ceremony outside of India celebrated in the city of Leicester. If you live or visit Leicester around this time of year, the festival of light is a site to be seen an inexperienced to be had by anyone. When I first move to Leicester it was very much in decline, the UK was in the middle of recession and this city was to, these days it is picked up a lot, there are a couple of multiplex cinemas and several large shopping centers. I like Leicester because it is a city that is not big enough to require more than a few hours to get from one end to the other, but is big enough to house all but the very largest of shops. Leicester has the largest covered market in the UK and many a bargain can be had. Every type of food stuff can be purchased for very little money here and the atmosphere is very very good. The city has a number of art centers and theaters offering culture from the type most normal people appreciate to the type most people would see as a waste time. I love Leicester, if you want to eat out you can eat like a King for not very much money (try the balti houses that do not have a liquor license) you can get almost any type of food to take away on Evington Road, and the donner kebab in the picnic on Evington Road are to die for.
Think of Leicester and most people think boring. Or don't have an opinion! which is even worse! However there are many things which Leicester has to offer which are often overlooked, often this is mainly by the people who live there! Like who knew you could visit the dungeons? Or the market is the largest in Europe? Well I certainly didn't, and I have lived there all of my life! Leicester is fantastic for shopping - as well as the basic high street chain stores, if you dive into the area known as 'The Lanes' then there are numerous small shops which offer beautiful gifts or great individual clothes! My favourite shop is Voodoo, on Silver Street near to St Martins Square, a great alternative clothing shop! And also Rockaboom, also in St Martins Square is a great record shop, CDs are often far cheaper there than in HMV or Virgin. And as for going out at night - there is something for everyone! The goths and rockers can go to Oxygen, and there are a variety of clubs and bars such as The Square and Kudos for those who want to dance and socialise! and Zanzibar is fun if you want to count the number of people in patent white leather!! Give leicester a chance, it definitely grows on you!
personally, i think leicester is a great place to live in. it is very cultuarally diverse and it is also a university city so there is a great mix of attitudes and ideas within it. on top of that, it offers all the services you could hope for in a city of its size, along with a supposedly world renowned market (which im sure no-one outside of leicester has ever even heard of before). it is a very big market though. however, if youre a tourist looking for fun i would recommend going somewhere else. unless, of course, your idea of fun is eating a lot, in which case there is a HUGE variety of cuisines to try in the HUGE number of restaurants, or you like staring at big clocks all day (leicesters main tourist attraction is a tower with a clock on it). by the way, if THAT is what you find interesting i would recommend getting help... or alternatively visiting Big Ben instead... it is (surprisingly) much bigger if, on the other hand, youre just looking for a night out then you could do a lot worse than going to leicester. admittedly there arent that many places to go (getting stuck in a rut of where you go out to is a depressingly common occurrence here) but there is a place for pretty much everyone (just please dont go to Zanzibar because its a bit of a dirty meat market). and i cant actually think of any other reason why you would want to come here, apart from because its nice!
I lived in Leicester for three years while i was at De Montfort University, and beleive it is second only to Nottingham in the Midlands. Being the geographical centre of England ( there is a plaque somewhere in the city which states this ) means it is very easy to travel to, it takes 1hr 15 from London on the train, with services every 1/2 hour. The city itself is famous for its market and its sports. The largest undercover market in Europe, althougth most of this is textiles and fruit/veg; Gary Linikers dad even has a fruit/veg stall here. Last season was the most successful in the history of the Foxes, winning the league cup again and ammassing the most amount of points in the Premiership, next year could be even better. The support for the Foxes is huge, if you live near the ground however on a match day you will bw able to hear the crowd, and you won't be able to park. The tigers (rugby) have just won the title again, the Riders (basketball) are becoming more popular, and the foxes (cricket ) are doing alright. Leicester is also growing very fast on the nightlife aspect, in my final year at least two bars a month opened. The best of these include Revolution, a chilled out vodka bar, Time bar, a great cocktail bar right next to the station, and Turkey Cafe, the most relaxed place in town. For music The Charlotte is still the best, playing host to many new and upcoming bands. The best clubs include Flaming Colosouss, and Junction 21, the specialist nights such as bubblelove very popular. However, most bars close at 12, and clubs at 2am, the nightlife still has room for improvement. Popular phrases in leicester include; cheers me duck, and innit. Renting as a student isn't too expensive, the averge is about £35 a week in the popular Narbourough road area, and finally the best place to go for information on Leicester is the Mercury's website at http://www.thisisleicestershire.com