Insider's guide to: Sheffield

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In a guide to UK cities that I read in the bowels of internet, Sheffield was described as the ‘poster-child for world war 3.’ While this may be not the most truthful of statements it conveys the general view that this thriving city is a black hole located somewhere up North. This could not be further from the truth. The People’s Republic of South Yorkshire offers so much more than Nick Clegg and stainless steel cutlery.

Teeming with 48,000 students from all over the world, Sheffield caters to every need you could possibly imagine. The nightlife is varied and definitely not quiet (Viper Rooms for the classy, Corporation for a great night out), alongside a famously brilliant music scene and enough leafy parks to make it the greenest city in Britain. For your generic city shopping experience, the city centre and turquoise-roofed shopping centre Meadowhall have all the high-street brands you could ever need. The adjacent Ecclesall and Sharrowvale Roads provide you with possibly the most concentrated ‘café culture’ outside of London, and London Road may just be the most perfectly multi-cultural mile you could dream of; if you haven’t been to the award-winning Bragazzi’s on London Road, you haven’t lived.

Alongside your generic cinema experiences, the Showroom cinema is a haven for arthouse, indie, and foreign films, as well as the more popular releases. With criminally good student discounts, a well-stocked bar, and a great café/restaurant, as well as being the only cinema in the UK to make and sell its own ice cream, the Showroom is a firm favourite for all those who love films but want something a little bit different.

One third of Sheffield is in the Peak District, which is a huge breath of fresh air for walkers, climbers, and cyclists alike, with stunning scenery to top it all off. After all that exercise, it’s not hard to find a pub that serves excellent food. Just add lashings of Henderson’s Relish, otherwise known as Nectar of the Gods. Seriously though, it’s our best-kept secret.


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