• WON - BEST CITY TO LIVE IN THE UK IN 2013 & 2015





London or Manchester - which is the better city?

Let's consider the reasons why Manchester beats London every time.....


Best City to Live in the UK - It has been voted ‘The best city to live in the UK’ in 2013 & 2015

The best football teams going - Two of the biggest in the world - always in the top of the Premier League and winning multiple titles.

Mention Manchester to anyone around the world and the first thing people say is "United or City?"

Football Capital of the World - It is the football capital of the world.

In 2013 the sport has brought in a whopping £330m worth of economic benefit to the region

The World's First Professional Football League was set up in 1888 at the Royal Hotel in Manchester

The music scene - Take That, Bee Gees, Happy Mondays, Oasis, Simply Red, Stone Roses, Chemical Brothers, Inspiral Carpets, Joy Division & The Hollies to name just a few of the Manchester legends & the world famous Halle Orchestra


You can fly to just as many places, but without the queues of London.

Manchester airport is the largest and busiest airport outside of London.

It handles over 26 million passengers to over 200 destinations worldwide each year.

Also, a taxi into Manchester City Centre takes just 15 minutes

Being able to walk most places  - All the feeling of a huge city but the practicality of a smaller one.

You can walk across the city centre in 20 minutes

Most Diverse City in Western Europe - With a population of 2.5 million, Manchester is the most

linguistically diverse city in Western Europe with 200 spoken languages

Cheaper pints - There are rumours going around that a pint can cost £6 in London. 

You'd never get away with that in Manchester - You can find a pint for £2.45

You can talk to people on public transport and in shops - And they're friendly too

The cost of living is way more affordable so hotel rates are much cheaper - The cost of living is about 40% less.

Hotel rates are also much cheaper than London with hotel rooms larger than just a box!

Manchester nightlife kicks London's hands down - The people are more relaxed, the music louder,

the alcohol flows more freely & the nights out ultimately turn out to be so much more fun

The pubs are just way nicer - Hundreds of them in all shapes and sizes

with a warmth and charm that you'll never get down south

World Famous "Curry Mile" - It has the World famous ‘Curry Mile’.

Within a length of half a mile you can find over 70 South Asian cuisine restaurants.

It’s thought to be the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside the Indian subcontinent!

Trams over the tube - In London you have to go underground, swelter, and get squashed against hundreds of people.

In Manchester you get a gorgeous view and have plenty of space

The Northern Quarter beats Shoreditch hands down - Relaxed, easy to get to and packed full of amazing bars, restaurants, boutiques and art - with only a fraction of the pretentiousness

You're close to loads of other great towns, cities & villages  - Only minutes from the city centre are dozens of little villages that add so much diversity and charm to Manchester. In London, you'd be driving for an hour and still be in a mass of suburban sprawl

Affordable public transport like The Magic Bus - What other city in the world would have something called "The Magic Bus"?

Everything London has is here anyway - Uber and Deliveroo, all the major shops and brands – and all with fewer crowds. 

The BBC's operation here is getting bigger all the time – and they can't be wrong

The most beautiful library in the world

The first ever free public library, Chetham's Library opened in 1653.

Standing as the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, it holds over 100,000 books.

Reading a book is great and all, but getting to read it here is something else

History is all around you in the architecture - The signs of the industrial revolution are everywhere.

Traditional red brick buildings perfectly mixed with the modern buildings

Manchester has the largest student population in Europe - home to over 100,000 students.

The universities are amazing, the rent is cheap and the stuff to do when not studying is legendary

World's First Industrial City - Manchester is the World’s first industrial city with a rich industrial heritage nicknamed as ‘Cottonopolis’ during the 19th century

Rolls Royce - It’s where Rolls met Royce - Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first met in Manchester’s city center Midland Hotel.

Rolls-Royce Limited was created over a famous lunch in Manchester in 1904, when car salesman Charles Rolls met engineer Henry Royce at The Midland Hotel


Pride - People come from all over the world to enjoy Pride in this great city

A more intimate and homely affair than the gigantic London affair


LGBT - Manchester was the first city in the world to commemorate its LGBT past by commissioning a local artist to set rainbow tiles into flagstones across the city

The canals - Perfect for a long walk, to sit beside during the summer or for a booze cruise.

‘Canal Mania’ began in 1761 when The Bridgewater Canal became the first man-made waterway in Britain

The Atom was split - The atom was split for the first time ever by Ernest Rutherford

 The first computer - In 1948 Manchester University professors developed the 1st computer to have a stored programme & memory.

Nicknamed ‘Baby’, it has made the computer what it is today.

Did you know this first ever commercial computer had a memory of 32 words?


World's First Passenger Train Station -  was founded in Manchester in 1830.

It was the first railway to rely exclusively on steam power, with no horse-drawn traffic permitted.

The first to be entirely double tracks throughout its length; the first to have a signalling system;

the first to be fully timetabled; the first to be powered entirely by its own motive power;

and the first to carry mail. Phew, that’s a lot of firsts!


Railway Revolution - The Duke of Wellington opened the world’s first passenger railway in 1830.

The success of this Manchester to Liverpool railway started the railway revolution

The Suffragettes - In 1903 Mancunian Emmeline Pankhurst found the Women’s Social & Political Union, known as the Suffragettes.

Emmeline dedicated her life to the campaign for women’s votes

25 Nobel Prize Winners - 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied at The University of Manchester - one of the biggest universities in the UK

Growing Economy - In 2013 the house prices in Manchester soared by 21 percent in a year, which is the fastest rate in the whole of the UK, even topping London!


Manchester is home to the world’s longest running TV soap opera – Coronation Street.

Starting on December 9th 1960, it has been on screens every week, ever since

The Manchester Bee - Adopted by Manchester in the 19th Century, the Bee symbolizes the industrious nature of the city & its people.

The bee can be found on many of Manchester’s street furniture and can be seen within the mosaic floor in Manchester’s Town Hall

Above all else, though, Manchester is about the amazing people - Friendly. Funny. Creative. Resolute. 


When it comes to Manchester versus London there can only be one winner - It was never in doubt.

There’s just something about Manchester that’s indescribable

It’s the general buzz, the atmosphere, the vibe & genuine friendly people.