More than being just a great student city, Leicester is a rich multi-ethnic cultural hub buzzing with activity and diversity. While as students you may only be exposed to the very obvious elements of Leicester city life, I encourage you to delve a little deeper and discover that there is far more to Leicester than meets the eye.
One of the highlights of my first year was Diwali festival. The combination of a buzzing, busy atmosphere, bright lights, music, and of course delicious Indian cousine makes for a thoroughly enjoyable evening out, and makes a change from the usual visit to the O2 or Highcross. The Diwali celebrations in Leicester are renowned for being some of the largest and most extravagant outside of India and are truly not to be missed!
For fans of music that’s a little different from the boppy numbers the union is so fond of, there are great little clubs hidden away within the city centre such as Streetlife and the Music Cafe. They may be a little grungier than the shiny brightness of the O2 but again make for a nice change and a little more specialised music taste e.g. House and D&B.
One of my favourite parts about Leicester is the range of trendy bars on offer for those days when you don’t fancy a full blown night out but still want to get a bit dressed up and leave the house. From The Orange Tree to Turkey Cafe and Cosy Club, you’re sure to find something that ticks all your boxes. For great drinks deals try Fat Cats in the city centre who offer 2 for 1 drinks all night on a Friday (hard to believe I know).
If you get bored of the generic chain stores in Highcross (which is probably unlikely, I still can’t pay a trip without at least one purchase) then maybe check out Leicester’s vintage scene. A thirty-second stroll across the way from Highcross you’ll find a small winding street with a few vintage stores dotted along. These are great for one-off edgy finds and it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone else with the same item (unlike the beloved Zara and Topshop coats which soon make their way across campus, cry).
This is just a snippet into some of my favourite parts of Leicester city life but I encourage you to go exploring for yourself, there’s far more than meets the eye!