Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. It is the burial place of King Richard III. In the 2011 census the population of the Leicester unitary authority was c.330,000 making it the largest unitary authority in the East Midlands region, the 8th largest city in England and the 13th largest in the United Kingdom. Unlike almost every other city in the UK, Leicester has retained a remarkable record of its past in buildings that still stand today. Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain in Leicester from its early settlement as Ratae, a Roman military outpost in a region inhabited by the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe. Following the Roman withdrawal from Britain, the early medieval Ratae is shrouded in obscurity, but when the settlement was captured by the Danes it became one of five fortified towns important to the Danelaw and it appeared in the Domesday Book as “Ledecestre”. Leicester continued to grow throughout the Early Modern period as a market town, although it was the Industrial Revolution that facilitated a process of rapid unplanned urbanisation in the area.
More importantly though, Uber Leicester, United Kingdom has launched! From the burial site of Richard III to the National Space Centre, Leicester is a trove of national treasures. As of today, we’re very proud to be the latest kids on the block to be calling Leicester home. From 4pm, you’ll be able to request a car at the touch of a button. So whether you’re planning a night out on Belvoir Street, cheering on the Tigers at Welford Road, or splashing the cash at Highcross, you’ll never be more than a tap away from a reliable ride.
For more information about the launch of Uber Leicester, read the Uber England blog here.