Hidden gems in Leicester part 1

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Leicester is a bustling city with two Universities and a wide breadth of culture. But what is there to do?

I have lived in Leicestershire all my life but since moving to University I have discovered a whole other side to this culturally rich city. Of course there is the Cathedral, and New Walk Museum. And the Richard the III museum is always worth a visit. But here are some of my pubs, clubs, and things to do that I have discovered in the city.

In Freshers week my flat mates and I walked into town and stumbled across Hogarths and ended up staying for the karaoke night. (I did a pretty fantastic rendition of Mr Brightside) Only a short walk from DMU, this unmissable building houses over 120 types of Gin and has a brilliantly affordable drinks menu. The 2 for £7 cocktail offer has kept me happy all year and I can’t wait to go back for a boogie!

If you’re looking for a classy bar to pose in, just around the corner is Knight and Garter. With both a bar and a hidden restaurant, this is one of the many hidden nooks that are perfect for students. This is perfect for a celebratory trip out as it is a little on the pricey side. 


Everyone has different tastes, and that is true for what kind of night out you enjoy. If you are a clubber, you won’t be short changed. Leicester is host to Mosh, Republic, Fanclub, and many more.The bright lights of Leicester’s clubs ensure that you will be bopping about till dawn. If you are LBGTQ+ then there are a handful of awesome gay bars scattered across town. Helsinki is located near the Curve theatre and the Dover Castle and Rainbow and Dove are a short walk from Leicester train station. Always a fantastic night out with Drag Queen performers and a welcoming environment. 

However, if you are not into going ‘out out’ there are many different things for you to be doing. East Street Lanes is a bowling alley with an arcade, bar, and restaurant. The twist? It is an adults only after 7pm and is open until midnight. If bowling isn’t your cup of tea then just you can pay a visit to the nearby Caddyshackers. Also adults only. This crazy golf course has brilliant student offers and is so much fun with a group of mates.

There are many ‘traditional’ pubs in Leicester, my three favourite are actually within walking distance of DMU and UOL respectively. The Sir Robert Peel is just 2 minutes walk from DMU and is an extremely cosy pub serving craft ales and food.

Just the other side of campus is The Bowling Green. This pub serves exceptional food (I recommend the garlic bread) and a huge selection of drinks. The outside seating area is littered with fairy lights which makes for a lovely instagram pic. 


At the other side of Leicester is The Old Horse which is within walking distance from UoL, complete with beer garden and BBQ area. These pubs are always so full of life and friendly faces so if you’re looking for somewhere to go a short walk from campus these three are certainly my top recommendations.

Like most cities we have plenty of cinemas, laser quest, and trampoline parks. Just out of the city centre is Boost. With student deals and tasty food there is nothing not to like. Just round the corner is MegaZone. Perfect for when pals from home come to visit and you’re looking for some adrenaline filled fun. 

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