Posted on 23rd july 2018 by Maddy Abela
Working out where you want to live can be a tricky task. There’s loads of buzz in London but it’s so expensive! And maybe living in the middle of a forest sounds super peaceful but will you be able to watch the new episode of Love Island if you’re in the middle of nowhere? Such a struggle! So, here’s a quick analysis of the best places in the UK to live for all of you cool creatives.
City for the writers
Bournemouth is not only the city with Europe’s fastest free Wi-Fi, although come on who isn’t attracted to a place where good Wi-Fi is appreciated. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand when I’m trying to watch my favourite youtubers and the video starts buffering! Clearly Dark Knight actor Christian Bale must’ve appreciated the Wi-Fi too because he lives among the pretty shores of Bournemouth.
But before Wi-Fi came along this was also the holiday destination for JRR Tolkien who if you’ve been living under a rock is the author of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Seems like there’s something in the seawater as Bournemouth was holiday place and, eventually, the home to Frankenstein's author Mary Shelley and the mastermind behind Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson.
City for the fashion designers
Nottingham is the hotspot for any talented fashion designers or artists. Graphic design, interior and textiles play a large part in Nottingham’s economic growth, so if that’s your vibe I think Nottingham would be perfect for you!
A testimony to the sheer talent is Paul Smith. The fashion designer was born and bred in this very place. Time to book that train ticket to Nottingham to check it out, don’t you think?
City for the animators
If you’re a fan of Wallace and Gromit then I have good news for you! I found the Wallace and Gromit heaven... hint, it’s Bristol. That’s right, not only are the makers of Wallace and Gromit (Aardman Animations) based here but Bristol also recently was announced the UNSESCO city of film! They have eleven annual film festivals and are one of the warmest cities in the UK. Surely it can’t get better than this? Oh, wait it can...
Bristol is also home to the UK’s largest permanent street art project called ‘See No Evil’ and if you look carefully you’ll see the Banksy art dotted around the city. And Banksy wouldn’t do street art in a boring city, surely?
City for the game designers
Have you ever played Grand Theft Auto? Well, did you know that that game was actually created in Dundee? Moreover, Dundee is also home to the famous Beano comics and is such an amazing place for designers that it has become the UNESCO City of design. Go Dundee designers!
There’s also a brand-new V&A that’s been built there and is the first of its kind outside of London. Go Dundee, again!
City for film makers
So, if the last city didn’t excite you, this one definitely will. Any Doctor Who or Casualty fans in the house? If so, you will adore Cardiff. Why? Well both shows are filmed in the beautiful streets of Cardiff. With an independent TV production industry of over 600 firms, which contributes £350 million to the local economy (a lot of money, I know) this city is the hub for all creatives.
Did I mention that Cardiff is also the UK’s largest media centre outside of London and there is a recently built £6 million Centre for Creative Industries; so, Cardiff know how to look after their creatives.
City for the artists
Okay so maybe it’s a little bit chillier up north but Edinburgh definitely compensates for the cold weather. The locals seem to get used to it too, as Edinburgh has recently been voted second in a global quality of life survey. Basically, the quality of life in Edinburgh is top notch.
Also, in comparison to London, pints are significantly cheaper in Edinburgh. Not much of a drinker? No problem, maybe the fact that Edinburgh has the most art galleries in the UK can tempt you...
City for the musicians
Coined ‘Europe’s secret capital of Music’ by TIME magazine, Glasgow is a very special place that captures the hearts of musicians every day. There are 130 music events in this city every week and Glasgow is the UNESCO city of music- so clearly, they have some funky tunes playing there.
Don’t believe me? Glasgow is also the birthplace of the famous Malcolm Gladwell who cofounded the hard rock band AC/DC.
Written by Maddy Abela