The recent reunions of seminal indie bands Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses brought tears to the eyes of many a former ‘Madchester’ raver. But the musical revolution which took place in the city in the 1980s was not just about partying: it put Manchester on the map and shaped a modern, energetic city which is now far more than just a post-industrial city in northern England.
Today, as home to the BBC and a major business centre, Manchester is certainly the capital of the north, but could it even be better than the capital itself? Manchester has spawned great music but so has London, from the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols to the Libertines and Dizzee Rascal. London has the underground, Manchester has the tram; London has the Shard, Manchester has the equally eye-catching Hilton hotel; Manchester has the bohemian Northern Quarter, London has Dalston: where only the coolest people come out to play.
Manchester is home to two of the largest universities in the UK and therefore has a large student contingency and young, energetic atmosphere. It’s also a diverse city, but nothing can beat London’s cultural mix and the 300 languages spoken within its borders – which influence its food, music and fashion scenes.
Manchester is now home to a diverse arts festival (the Manchester International Festival) and the presence of the BBC in MediaCityUK should increase the city’s cultural and media output for years to come. But this summer belongs to London. From the recent Jubilee celebrations to the Olympic Games in July, the city is moving heaven and earth to ensure that this will be its greatest year yet. There is one thing that clearly sets the two cities apart: cost of living. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world and residents or visitors can expect to pay far more for accommodation, transport, food and drink than they would in Manchester.
Both are fantastic cities to live and work in, and at SilverDoor we’re happy to advise you on where to stay and use our local knowledge to help you plan your visit. You’ll have plenty of choice, with around 8,000 London serviced apartments and nearly 900 Manchester serviced apartments.