All you need to know about Leicester

Leicester is a city based in the East Midlands of England, popularly known as the county town of Leicestershire. With a population of around 300,000, this flourishing city is the largest in the East Midlands and currently the tenth largest in the country. 

Why choose a SilverDoor Leicester Apartment?

Our portfolio of serviced apartments stands as the leading in the world. We have collated the best apartments internationally, whilst managing the established long term relationships with property partners in over 800 cities and counting. 

Our specialised team cover all of the necessary steps throughout the process of booking your corporate travel, ensuring everything is taken care of in a professional manner. We stand as the leading choice of serviced apartment provider worldwide and for good reason:

Location specification. Differing from the usual hotel experience, we scope the whole of the city of Leicester for suitable serviced apartments throughout the city - any requirements you suggest will be handled with priority to your location specifications. 

Inside knowledge.  Our level of expertise doesn’t just stop at us discovering new properties on your behalf. We have built long-standing relationships with each of our property partners and understand the industry acutely.

5 star service.  Our Trustpilot score is constantly reflective of our genuine service and standards. Currently a 4.9 out of 5 stars, we pride ourselves in our multitude of daily reviews that reflect our brand. 

What is a serviced apartment?

Arranging a business trip for you or on behalf of someone else can often lead to the more obvious option of booking a hotel room for a corporate stay. With an assortment of forward-thinking additions to your corporate stay, serviced apartments offer the modern riposte to travelling to Leicester:

Travel on your terms. Each serviced apartment can be booked for any period of time you wish, with flexibility on how often you frequent the on-site facilities. Having your own kitchen and familiar home amenities allows you to independently choose whether you would rather self-prepare your meals or explore the city’s food scene. 

Winning cost benefits. Serviced apartments often offer better value than a hotel.  There is also the added benefit of your corporate housing in Leicester’s price decreasing in line with the longevity of your stay, making a serviced apartment especially appealing for long term stays.  

Exceptional standards. Having personalised relationships with property partners, we ensure that the best standards are met with each property to ensure your safety and personal requirements. Our SilverDoor approved symbol is a further indication that the serviced apartment has personally been visited by our specialist team. 

What do I need to know about staying in Leicester?

Leicester combines a unique combination of diverse, multi-cultural activities and quintessential English traditions. With a yearly Diwali celebration that welcomes the largest following in the world outside of India, Leicester is a buzzing city full of opportunity and cultural landscape 

Transport

The main transport system is made up of a local bus service and train services throughout Leicester, with a number of routes covering the whole city.

There are many mainline rail routes offering local and regional services, with Leicester station operating train services to London St Pancreas International with a journey length of 1h 10m. 

Weather

The maritime climate in Leicester makes the summertime particularly warm whilst the winters are typically cool to cold. Although there are rarely any extreme weather reports in Leicester, the rain falls fairly evenly throughout the year with the rainiest month being December.

With colder conditions throughout the winter, it is advised to bring hooded waterproof clothing and warmer attire to avoid the spells of wind and rain. 

History

Leicester stands as one of the oldest cities in the UK, with historical buildings trailing back to the 14th century. The collection of surviving architecture includes ‘Guildhall’ and ‘Jewry Wall’, some of the largest pieces of Roman architecture in Britain. 

Leicester is famously linked to King Richard III, who congregated an army in the city in 1485. Following his death and defeat in the Battle of Bosworth Field, his grave was situated in Leicester church and later discovered in 2013 by archaeologists who positioned the remains in Leicester Cathedral. 

A historical talking point of Leicester’s history is a statue that can be seen from the train into the city. The statue is of travel pioneer Thomas Cook, who in 1841 chartered a train to Loughborough, fashioning the modern tourist industry and making it a certified route on the Great Central Railway. 

Sports 

Leicester is well-known for its legendary sports clubs including the celebrated Leicester City Football Club, one of only six clubs to have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. The club have been FA Cup finalists four times, won the League Cup three times and competed in four European campaigns. Their most recent outing in European football was the 2016–17 season, as the club reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. 

The reign of their rugby team Leicester Tigers is an English professional rugby union club based in Leicester, England. They play in Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby.

Leicester is also home to King Power Stadium, which opened in 2002 and has a capacity reach of 32,313, making it the 20th biggest football ground in England.