busy city centre shopsLove to shop? Leicester has a thriving shopping scene, with many independent shops and boutiques nestled alongside stores from most major retailers.

Head for Highcross in the city centre where you’ll find all your favourite high street stores and designer names including brands such as Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Apple, AllSaints, Superdry and Hugo Boss. It also features a flagship John Lewis store, over 40 delicious cafés and a 12-screen Cinema de Lux boasting an XPLUS screen.

Discover independent shops and cafes in St Martin’s Square and The Lanes. The Lanes has a mix of independent boutiques and specialty shops.

If you love the buzz of a market, take a walk around Leicester’s famous fruit and veg market- Europe’s largest covered market, dating back more than 700 years.. From fresh fruit to bags and books you can buy almost anything at Leicester market. Look out for Lineker’s stall, where a young Gary Lineker did his bit for the family business.

Nearer campus, check out Queens Road for a more relaxed and bohemian vibe. Here you’ll find something a little different as nearly all of the shops, bars and restaurants are independent and have their own character – perfect for a relaxed evening or brunch.

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