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Manchester City Centre

In a recent survey, Manchester has once again been named the best UK city to live in the United Kingdom, once again ranking ahead of London.

In 2014 Manchester was ranked as the 51st best city to live in, ahead of London in 55th position.

This year’s results show continued improvement. Manchester has performed even better, climbing the ladder to 46th, whilst London climbs to 53rd position.

The source of this report comes from the Economist’s Intelligence Unit and rates cities out of a possible score of 100 in the areas of environment and infrastructure, education, health care, stability and culture.

City Tourism chiefs express no surprise whatsoever in seeing Manchester so highly placed, the city speaks for itself based on the evidence of huge positive changes helping to make life here significantly richer.

The country wearing the crown, once again is Australia, with Melbourne in first position with a best rating of 97.5. This is normal practice for the city as this is the 5th time in a row they have dominated.

A​ndrew Stokes, chief executive at Marketing Manchester, said: “For those of us who live and work here, it comes as no surprise to hear that Manchester has once again been listed amongst the world’s most liveable cities and, indeed, the highest ranking city in the UK.

“Manchester has been on an upward trajectory for the best part of two decades now and wherever you look – be it science, transport, culture, property, investment – there is evidence of huge positive change helping to make life here significantly richer.”

He added: “We’ve got award-winning museums and galleries, a packed calendar of theatre and cultural events, a burgeoning food and drink sector and first class sporting institutions like Manchester United and Manchester City throwing a global spotlight on to the city each weekend.

“Combine this with rapidly improving infrastructure and fantastic investment and careers opportunities and you have the making of a very exciting place to live.”​


Nicholas Thompson, Managing Director of Fairmont Spencer commented.

“Fairmont Spencer are seeing an increased demand for clients moving to Manchester from all corners of the globe. The ease of living and the opportunities that Manchester offers, makes the North West of the UK a credible alternative to London.”


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Having just enjoyed a gorgeous Cheshire weekend, today we’re sharing our ideas about how to spend the perfect sunny Saturday in Alderley Edge, which offers a blend of beautiful countryside and chic ‘uber village’ living.

Nothing beats waking up to a glorious spring morning on the Cheshire plain, so for us, after picking up breakfast from Alderley Edge’s finest bakery, G. Weinholt’s, heading straight to the ‘Edge’ – a stunning natural escarpment with views across the Cheshire Plain – is a must-do. After a relaxing stroll through the beech trees – or Fairmont Spencer can arrange a horse-riding licence for you to view the woodland from a higher vantage point – why not stop for lunch at the lovely Wizard Inn gastro pub? Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand annually since 2001 and recommended in the ‘Good Food Guide’ and Hardens UK Restaurants, the menu at The Wizard changes regularly to reflect the seasons.

We love to gently work off our lunch with a round at the Alderley Edge Golf Club. Recognised as the most challenging and enjoyable 9 holes in Cheshire, the gently undulating course has gorgeous views – but we’d advise you watch out for the ravine on the 8th hole! Be warned – the course will call on your skills of accuracy and requires careful approach shots.

Long summer days segue seamlessly into evening, so on your way to dinner, we’d recommend a BASIL GRANDE cocktail at the Botanist – the twist of black pepper gives an unexpected kick!

Whilst you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to evening eateries in Alderley Edge – with laid back options like Gusto and the Alderley Edge Bar and Grill – we like to head into the centre of Manchester on a Saturday evening , a comfortable ½ hour taxi (or chauffeur driven Bentley) journey away. Decide for yourself whether The French and Manchester House should be awarded a Michelin Star – you might have caught the restaurants on the BBC’s Restaurant Wars – the Battle for Manchester.

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Roll on next weekend!

If you are planning on relocating to Cheshire, next week we’ll be taking a look at staying beautiful in Alderley Edge – an insider’s guide to the best boutiques, hairdressers and beauty treatments the area has to offer.