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Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest.
Leicester became a major economic centre with a variety of manufacturers in engineering, shoemaking and hosiery production. The success of these industries resulted in significant urban expansion into the surrounding countryside. The boundaries of Leicester were extended several times in the 19th and 20th centuries and was granted city status in 1919.
Today, the city has a large ethnic minority population, particularly of South Asian origin. To cater for the South Asian community, there are many Hindu, Sikh and Muslim places of worship and the Melton Road district serves as a focus, containing large numbers of Asian restaurants and other small businesses. Leicester is a centre for higher education, with both the University of Leicester and De Montfort University being based in the city.
Many serviced offices in Leicester are located in its vibrant city centre. For a spot of lunch there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars in the area together with a wide range of businesses and services you would expect in a major city centre. Ideally located for transport links being easily accessible from the M1 and just a short drive from Nottingham East Midlands airport.
Tenants with access to serviced offices in Leicester have some of the best transport links in England. Overground services, buses and airports are all close-by, ensuring that you are well connected when it comes to travelling to and from your serviced offices in Leicester.
Leicester is close to the M1 motorway at Junction 21. The M69 motorway also starts near Leicester, and runs to the M6 Motorway and is contiguous with Coventry's eastern bypass.
East Midlands Airport is near Castle Donington which is in North West Leicestershire. It is served by low-cost international airlines such as Ryanair & Bmibaby and serves charter holidays such as Thomson Holidays. Leicester is easily accessible from other parts of the world providing regular services to many principal European destinations including Amsterdam, Berlin & Paris. Internal flights go to Belfast, Edinburgh & Glasgow and limited services to transcontinental destinations such as Barbados, Mexico & Orlando.
Birmingham Airport is about a 45 minute drive from Leicester and London Luton Airport can be reached in an hour. Luton serves similar destinations to East Midlands. Leicester's other local airport is Leicester Airport at Stoughton, Leicestershire.
With the start of Eurostar international services from London St Pancras International, Leicester railway station was given almost direct links to the continent, growth is expected to continue.
East Midlands Trains are the InterCity operator running 'fast' and 'semi-fast' services to and from London to northern England, and provide local services throughout the East Midlands, regional services to the West Midlands and East Anglia are provided by CrossCountry.
Rail routes run north–south through Leicester along the route known as the Midland Main Line, going south to Bedford, Luton and London; and north to Lincoln, Sheffield, Leeds and York. Junctions north and south of the station link the east–west cross country route, going east to Cambridge, Stansted Airport and Norwich; and west to Nuneaton and Birmingham. The fastest trains to London take 1 hour and 07 minutes. Journeys to Sheffield take around 1 hour, Leeds and York are approximately a 2 hour journey. Birmingham and Peterborough are around 1 hour away.
Serviced offices in Leicester are served by two main bus stations - St Margaret's Bus Station and Haymarket Bus Station.
There are three park and ride sites located at Meynells Gorse (Leicester Forest East), Birstall and Enderby, buses operate every 15 mins from all sites.
The main bus operators for Leicester are Arriva Midlands, Centrebus, Kinchbus, First Leicester, Coachmaster and Roberts. The Skylink Leicester bus service to East Midlands Airport and Derby operated by Kinchbus operates 24/7 every 30 minutes daytime and hourly between 7pm and 5am.