I have quite a few friends from all over the world, mainly due to the fact that I spent a lot of time abroad last year in Italy and Japan and also because of my being Secretary for the Erasmus and Exchange society. In fact, one of my Japanese friends is going to be visiting me in the next couple of weeks! I’ve been thinking about what we can do while he’s here, ideally things that are typically British or typical of Leicester. So that’s my inspiration for this week’s blog post! If you have an international visitor coming to Leicester, here’s some ideas for what you can do:
- Have an afternoon tea. This is one of the things we’re most famous for in the UK – tea with milk and scones. There are loads of cafes in Leicester that serve afternoon tea, including Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms in The Lanes (I’ve never had a cream tea there but it’s supposed to be good).
- Eat a full English breakfast. Another example of typically British food but definitely not one of the healthier options. Jones’ Cafe Bistro is one of the best places to go if this is what you’re after!
- Go to a pub. This is a good one even if you or your visitor don’t drink. Pubs aren’t just about the beer, they’re about the pub grub as well. My favourite pub in Leicester is probably the Marquis Wellington. They serve traditional English meals and the food is amazing.
- Have a curry. As we all know, the city of Leicester is famous for its curry, and for good reason! The Erasmus and Exchange society did a curry night social last year at the Rise of the Raj, and I really enjoyed it. The food was good and you get so much for your money’s worth.
- Watch a rugby/football game. The city of Leicester is becoming more prominent than ever with regards to sport. The Leicester Tigers are one of the most successful rugby times in the UK, and Leicester City is now at the top of the Premier League, so a visit to the Welford Road Stadium or the King Power Stadium may not go amiss if your visitor is into their sports.
And there we have it! These are just a few ideas, there are obviously a lot more things to do in Leicester that I haven’t mentioned. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything to do or see in Leicester that you’d recommend to an international visitor!