LE2 (Leicester) area guide

LE2 encompasses parts of South and East Leicester, including Highfields to the east and Knighton to the south. Oadby, a village to the southeast, is within the Leicester Urban Area and can be reached on the A6. Leicester is approximately 100 miles northwest of London, in the East Midlands on the River Soar. Trains depart every 30 minutes from London St. Pancras International on the Midland Main Line and arrive in Leicester in one and a half hours. The M1 runs alongside western Leicester.

The LE2 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Aylestone, Castle, Evington, Eyres Monsell, Freemen, Glen, Glen Parva, Great Stretton, Knighton, Leicester, Leicestershire, Little Stretton, Oadby, Oadby Brocks Hill, Oadby Grange, Oadby St Peter's, Oadby Uplands, Oadby Woodlands, Saxondale, Spinney Hills, Stoneygate, Stoughton, Stretton Hall, Thurnby and Houghton, Westcotes, Wigston St Wolstan's.
Leicester has at different times been run by the Celts, the Romans and the Danes. Remains of a Roman public bath can be found at the Jewry Wall. It became an industrial center when it was linked to London and other cities via canals and railways. Immigrants from all over the world have settled in Leicester, including those with Polish, Irish, Indian, African and Caribbean roots.

Development in the outlying areas of LE2 began in earnest in the late nineteenth century. Prior to World War II the inner-city borough of Highfields was known for as an area with high crime and even as the red light district of Leicester but has since been improved. In the 1980s race riots broke out in Highfields, as well as across England.
The diverse city of Leicester is on its way to becoming the first city in Britain not to have a white British majority. Afro-Caribbean culture thrives in Highfields where the Leicester Caribbean Carnival occurs each August. The town of Oadby has a burgeoning Indian population. Despite these pockets of immigrant communities, no area of LE2 is without a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. An energetic nightlife results from the many students that attend nearby universities. Invicta Plastics remains on Harborough Road in Oadby where many of its workers live.

Semi-detached houses constitute 35% of housing in LE2. Many Victorian townhouses in Highfields have been divided into flats. Red brick semi-detached and terraced houses are common in Highfields and Knighton.
Leicester Railway Station on London Road can be found in Highfields. Highfields is also home to Moat Community College on Maidstone Road and many students live in the area. Beachamp College in Oadby and Sir Jonathan Community College in Knighton provide additional secondary and post-secondary options. The University of Leicester and De Montfort University contribute to the city’s large student population.

Pubs, bars, clubs and other venues for entertainment abound, catering to the students. Each culture represented in Leicester contributes to the many excellent restaurants. Authentic Indian food is in abundance. The Leicester Lanes shopping centre provides top-notch shopping around St. Martin’s Square. The University of Leicester Botanic Garden is on Stoughton Drive South in Oadby.

Leicester is home to the National Space Centre and the city lies just east of the National Forest, both of which attract thousands of visitors a year. The Newark Houses Museum portrays life in Leicester in the twentieth century. For a farther look back, check out Oram Cottage on Church Lane in Knighton.

Nearly all major sporting events in Leicester occur within the LE2 postcode. Leicester City FC play at Walkers Stadium on Filbert Way. The Leicester Tigers RUFC play at Welford Road. The Leicestershire County Cricket Club plays at the County Grounds on Grace Road. The Leicestershire Golf Club can also be found in LE2 and the Leicester Racecourse is on Leicester Road in Oadby.

In addition to the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, Leicester hosts the largest Diwali celebration outside of India. Leicester hosts music and comedy festivals as well.