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Bristol part two, the city by day and night

Here is the second part to our guide to Bristol, here we have provided you with ideas for nights out and where you can crash afterwards, as well as where to pick up the best bargains and fashion finds in this exciting city.

Nightlife: There is certainly no shortage of places to go for a good night out in Bristol. If you like to take to the stage, then Bristol offers a great variety of karaoke bars. Kobe is very popular among locals and is a great location for a girly night out such as a hen party – a very fun and relaxed atmosphere and great prices.  If you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle – then the Shore Café Bar is a great place to relax and unwind, enjoy a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset over the harbour.

Where to stay: There is plenty of accommodation on offer in Bristol to suit every budget. For gorgeous harbour side views, then a room at The Bristol Hotel is a good choice. Comfortable, spacious rooms come fully equipped with all amenities to make your stay here as pleasant as possible.  If you are looking for some extra luxury and great leisure facilities, then located in the city centre is the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel – offering 4 star luxury and very reasonable prices.

Shopping: You can literally shop ’til you drop in Bristol – the city has three amazing world-class shopping centres with more shops than you can ever manage. The city also boasts an amazing variety of small independent boutiques and vintage shops.

Deeper into Leicester: friendly nightlife, chic hotels and extravagant shopping!

Welcome back to our guide to Leicester. In this second installment of our guide to a town thriving with so many different cultures, we will guide you through the best places to hit the tiles, where you can rest your head after a busy day of shopping, sight-seeing, eating, drinking.

Nightlife: Get your glad rags on and take to the city of Leicester for a fun and easy-going night out.  If you love cocktails, and would like to add some variety to your night, then try Hakamou – a cocktail bar with an edge that is very popular with the locals and visitors alike – they offer a choice of over sixty cocktails to excite your taste buds.  For a bit of live music, then head to The SoundHouse Leicester for their open mic night and catch up with the latest talent.

Where to stay:No matter what your budget or taste, finding somewhere nice to stay in Leicester is never a problem. The Premier Inn is always a safe choice, and is family friendly. With comfortable, modern rooms at great prices, this is the perfect place for enjoying the city. If your in Leicester for a special occasion or would like to enjoy a romantic weekend with your partner, then go for some full on luxury at the Hotel Maiyango – a stunning boutique hotel which creates a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere for all its guests.

Shopping: Leicester certainly scores high in our books when it comes to the variety of shops – for all your favourite high street shops, such as Primark, TK-Maxx, H&M, etc, then Haymarket is the place to be. Explore the city a little and you will surely pick up some unique finds in one of the many little boutique or vintage shops in The Lanes. Highcross, which in recent years replaced the former Shires shopping centre, is a Leicester favourite for shoppers to lighten their wallets with a giant John Lewis and many shoe, gadget and clothes shops.

Manchester guide part 2: sleeping, shopping and seeing

And so it is time for our next installment of how to enjoy your perfect weekend break in Manchester. This time we will be focusing  where you can stay, and how to experience the best of Manchester’s rich cultural life, the music and events which you can go and see and most importantly for bargain hunters and fashionistas, where to go shopping!

Culture, music and events: Manchester MEN Arena regularly shows live acts from the international music scene. The Lowry Arts and Entertainment Centre regularly shows theatre and dance, hosting art exhibitions and is even the chosen venue of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent”! The Royal Exchange Theatre shows regular performances of dance, theatre and music.

Bars and clubs: There is no shortage of bars and clubs. You can spend your evening drinking in your own style, from relaxed drinks in The Black Dog Ballroom, to the European bottled beer and vodka at The Cord Bar, without forgetting the venues that cater for the LGBT scene such as Spiritz and New York, New York. For clubbing, The Warehouse Project is a memorable night out with a calendar jammed with live music events, whilst Sankeys has a place in the heart of every Mancunian clubber!

Where to stay: For luxury, head to the historical Palace Hotel, which guarantees comfort and convenience in a central location. For a smaller budget, check out some of the more wallet friendly hotels such as the family friendly Britannia Hotel, located in the heart of the city, close to rail, bus and shuttle links. If it’s more of a backpacker feel that you’re after however, head for a night of shut-eye at Hatters Youth Hostel on New Street, which is Manchester’s backpacker’s favourite.

Shopping:Manchester boasts excellent mainstream and unique shopping .High street brands are available at the Trafford Centre and in the city centre on Market Street, Deansgate and the Arndale Centre. For something different, The Vintage Fair visits Manchester every third week of the month, but Affleck’s Palace remains a permanent fixture for all things eclectic, with 5 floors of unique clothes, jewellery and other decorations!