The Montpelier area in Bristol has officially been named as the United Kingdom’s most ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ area! The popular location – a favourite for students at both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England – came out on top in a list of the coolest inner-city areas around the United Kingdom. For residents, this accolade is fantastic yet unsurprising – Montpelier has a rich vein of history, and has become a cultural icon of Bristol. Read on for the full story.
Price comparison site TravelSupermarket announced their annual list of inner-city areas worth exploring in the United Kingdom. There was tough competition, but Montpelier finished on top. Montpelier wasn’t Bristol’s only entry, with Stokes Croft finishing in 5th. Just behind Montpelier was Peckham in London, with third place belonging to Stroud Green in London. As you see, Montpelier beat some esteemed company to finish top. There are several reasons for this high finish!
The Montpelier area has a remarkable history. Many streets within the area have been named after famous military figures. Staying on this front, the area was heavily affected by bombing in World War II, but staged a fightback. Montpelier has its own railway station, which was once a hugely busy stop-off. The station’s building is covered in graffiti – a consistent theme around Montpelier! Just around the corner, the ‘Arches’ railways bridge is well-known as a local landmark.
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Montpelier is also known to have a diverse international community. Finally, with an abundance of cuisine outlets, the area is a firm favourite for many. Its organic and vegetarian cuisine is particularly well-known in Bristol. These are all reasons that make Montpelier a great choice as the United Kingdom’s coolest neighbourhood. It is certainly well worth visiting! It is a great achievement for the area, and this time next year, let’s hope Montpelier will retain its crown!
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